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Kathleen Berube

Adjunct Professor

"Keep up with the work as the course moves along. Also, be sure to reach out to your instructor with questions or concerns. Instructors are here to help!"

Degrees Held:

  • M.Ed. – Worcester State University
  • M.S. – University of Connecticut
  • B.S. in Biology – Worcester State University

Career Highlights:

My background combines a love of both science and education. I have a B.S. in Biology from Worcester State University, a master's degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut, and a master's degree in education. Early in my career, I worked in laboratory-based scientific research at Tufts University, and then in large animal physiology research at UConn. While at UConn, I worked as a teaching assistant and that is where I discovered my passion for education. After graduating from UConn, I worked several years as a veterinary technician while pursuing my M.Ed. For 21 years, I taught elementary, middle, and high school science, finishing up my career as the Science and Engineering Curriculum Liaison for the Worcester Public Schools.

In which online degree program do you teach?

M.Ed. in Elementary Education

  • What do you want your students to take away from class?

    • Course Learning Objectives for Science: Content, Curriculum, Assessment in the Elementary Grades
    • Unpack Science and Technology/Engineering Standards and use the 5E Learning Cycle and the Understanding by Design philosophy to create well developed “student-centered” lessons and unit plans for science
    • Identify grade-level resources and materials that will support active “hands on - minds on” classroom lessons
  • Why did you start teaching?

    As a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut, I enjoyed teaching and supporting undergraduates more than I enjoyed doing my own original science research. I was preparing for a career in Veterinary Medicine and after working as a TA, I shifted my focus to education.

  • What advice would you give to your future online students?

    The key to success in an online course is time management. Each week, look ahead at the assignments and workload and parcel it out over the course of the week. Keep up with the work as the course moves along. Also, be sure to reach out to your instructor with questions or concerns. Instructors are here to help!

  • What is the value of a higher degree in the field in which you teach?

    In many states, a master's degree is now required in public school districts.

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