Kathy Eller

5th and 6th grade science

Fifth grade webpage: sites.google.com/gordonschool.org/5th-grade

Sixth grade webpage: sites.google.com/gordonschool.org/sixthgrade/home

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from University of Connecticut. After volunteering for outreach programs while working as a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, Kathy discovered she enjoyed working with teachers and middle school students. This led to her to a nonprofit environmental group on Cape Cod where she organized a cape-wide environmental science fair, inspired over a hundred volunteers to monitor the cape's water quality and worked with the national park service on saltmarsh and herring restoration.

After relocating to Providence, RI in 2003, Kathy volunteered extensively in her children's elementary school, taught as an adjunct at local universities, and eventually became a Rhode Island Teaching Fellow. Through this rigorous teacher certification program, Kathy taught at East Side's Nathan Bishop Middle School where she enjoyed working with a diverse student body. There, Kathy spearheaded the creation of a perennial garden that provides an urban waystation for monarch butterflies and other beneficial insects. With the help of Brown students she enlisted, Kathy co-teached the school's science olympiad team. Kathy received her middle school endorsement from Rhode Island College in 2012. Most recently, Kathy taught middle school at BayView Academy where one of her students won our state's middle school science and engineering fair while others won special awards from the Navy and local water agencies.

Kathy is passionate about environmental science and instilling a love of nature and the outdoors in her students. When she is not at Gordon, Kathy enjoys being with her three children, dog and husband while camping, hiking and drawing/painting. She also loves her reef ecoaquarium, guppies, betta fish, kayaking, gardening, reading and volunteering to monitor and release local endangered baby diamondback turtles.