We are faculty and staff at the University of Washington Bothell who come from a variety of backgrounds: learning sciences, computer science, art, digital learning, science education, and teacher education. Collectively, we are excited about partnering with community organizations that serve nondominant communities to design STEM learning environments that shift people’s thinking about how they can engage with STEM and how STEM relates to their lives. We work in both formal and informal settings and in digital and non-digital learning environments. If you have an idea for a project or want to learn more about our work, please contact us!

Dr. Carrie Tzou
Dr. Carrie Tzou, Director

Dr. Carrie Tzou is an associate professor in science education in the School of Educational Studies and a PI in the Goodlad Institute. She holds a PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in science education from Vanderbilt University.

Her research has three major components, all connected with an interest in addressing issues of culture, identity, and equity in science and environmental science learning:

1) ethnographic work to understand how youth and their communities are positioned and position themselves through place-based education,
2) design-based research to design curricula to bring youths’ out of school science and cultural practices into science and environmental science teaching and learning, and
3) research and design of elementary and secondary preservice teacher education that explores how to orient preservice teachers to the sophisticated learning and identities that their students construct both in and out of school in order to make science more accessible to all of their students.

Dr. Theresa Horstman
Dr. Theresa Horstman

Dr. Theresa Horstman is a Research Assistant Professor with the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington Bothell. Horstman is a learning scientist with expertise in digital technologies and learning and Designed-based research, and. She looks closely at the design process of integrating technology with
informal and formal learning experiences. Partnering with content experts and educators she helps teams think through how the specific qualities of each technology affords learning in designed spaces. She has 17 years industry experience with technology-focused instructional design, including platform, game, and digital badge design.

Dr. Blakely Tsurusaki
Dr. Blakely Tsurusaki

Dr. Tsurusaki is a faculty member in the School of Educational Studies and the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington Bothell.  She has expertise in curriculum development, professional development, culturally relevant teaching and environmental education and has experience teaching both formal and informal K-12 STEM education. Prior to her position at UWB, she was the STEM Director for a non-profit that provided professional development for STEM K-12 teachers, university faculty and STEM professionals. She holds a Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University and her research interests include how to better make connections between students’ everyday lives and school science, identity, engagement and equity issues in education, and environmental literacy.

Dr. Gavin Tierney
Dr. Gavin Tierney

Dr. Gavin Tierney is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington, Bothell. His research interests are identity development and engagement, with a focus on marginalized and disenfranchised youth and the youth experience in designed learning environments.

Nancy Price
Nancy Price

Nancy Price is the Research Coordinator for Open STEM projects.
Nancy’s research focuses on understanding equity and professional development for informal educators.
In her past positions she has been a Center Manager with the COE on the Seattle campus,  where she managed the many grant-funded projects, keeping initiatives on schedule and tracking their progress.  She has also worked as the executive assistant to the vice chair in the UW Medical Center Department of Radiology and as the assistant to the Dean for Student Learning at Cascadia Community College.

Elizabeth Starks
Elizabeth Starks

Elizabeth Starks (Zuni/Navajo), M.S. Software-driven Systems Design, is a Research Scientist/Engineer on the Family Robotics Backpacks project. Her work focuses on understanding and using new technology for empowerment of communities and individuals, supporting community-based creativity, Indigenous technology and knowledge systems.

Kellie Holden
Kellie Holden

Kellie Holden is the administrator for program operations in the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal. She serves many functions within the organization including overseeing all aspects of the Institute’s fiscal affairs, managing all grant pre- and post-award activities, and coordinating faculty effort distributions. She applies wide-ranging knowledge of funding agency requirements and university regulations to ensure compliance and effective management of the Institute’s projects.