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Affiliation: 
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Title: 
Science Educator
Department: 
Project LEARN
Expertise: 
Science Education, K-12 Environmental Education

Biography

Henderson is a science educator with the Windows to the Universe project. Mostly, she works on the classroom activities and helps lead their professional development efforts for teachers. She finds it very rewarding and enjoyable to help take the Windows to the Universe project 'on the road' to share with science teachers from around the country at meetings and conferences Portland, Oregon is Henderson's hometown. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest gave her the opportunity to explore all sorts of different environments like mountains, valleys, coastal areas, high deserts, and rivers. When it was time to go to college, she knew she wanted to do something that would let her learn more about the world's different ecosystems and the plants, animals, and people living in them. She attended Oregon State University and earned a B.S. and M.S. from the Department of Geography. After graduating, she went to work at the U.S. Environmental Research Laboratory where she joined a team working on the potential effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems. Part of their work was to figure out what might happen to the plants and animals of different ecosystems if the climate continued to change rapidly. Henderson had an opportunity to help teachers develop classroom materials on climate. As a result of her time working with teachers, she returned to Oregon State University and earned a Ph.D. in Science Education. She has continued to work as a science educator at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado where she works on a number of different science education projects including Windows to the Universe. When she is not at work, there are lots of things that keep her busy. She is happily married and we has two grown children. She loves being around animals and she considers herself very lucky to have two dogs, three cats, and five horses. She also like to hike, ski, garden, quilt, cook, and read.