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Karla Weidner

Middle School and Upper School Math and Science Teacher

Summary

I am a lifelong educator with 11 years experience working with middle school and high school students in an independent private school environment as well as 15 years experience in higher education.  I am passionate about encouraging students, especially young girls and young women, to pursue careers in math and science. I have worked tirelessly to develop skepticism and scientific and mathematic literacy in my students by providing real world examples and allowing them to reach evidence-based conclusions.  My independent school experience has provided me with many opportunities to develop new curricula, and I am constantly seeking new ways to help students develop critical thinking and research skills.  

Education

Jan 1988Aug 1992

Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advisor: Edward Voss, Jr.  Thesis Title:  "Characterization and Analysis of Anti-Metatype Antibodies"

Jan 1988Feb 1990

M.S. Microbiology and Immunology

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Aug 1983May 1987

B.S. Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Work experience

Aug 2006Present

Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC

Currently teaching 8th grade science and AP Biology but also taught 6th grade math and science

Jan 1997May 2006

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Taught courses in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Lab Sciences including Introductory Biology, Biochemistry, Human Physiology, Immunology, and Genetics

Aug 1992Dec 1996

Assistant Professor of Biology

Furman University, Greenville, SC

Taught courses in Introductory Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, and Molecular Biology and mentored undergraduate students in immunology and cell biology research projects

Other Leadership Roles

EarthWatch Kindle Fellow                                                                                                                 June 2017

Selected as one of 16 teachers in the United States to work with researchers on a scientific expedition in Arizona to study a number of species of owls.  The program is designed to provide educators an opportunity to do field work with world-class researchers and to promote student group expeditions

Climate Reality Leader                                                                                                                      March 2017-present

Selected as an ambassador for climate change and received training from Al Gore in Denver, CO at the Climate Reality Leadership Conference in March of 2017.  The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis, working for solutions

Centers for Disease Control Science Ambassador                                                             July 2016-present

Selected as one of 25 teachers across the nation to attend a workshop at the CDC where we were instructed in the latest developments at the CDC and worked with experts and other teachers to develop lesson plans to be used nationwide which are disseminated on the CDC website                                               

Girls Rock Asheville Band Coach Volunteer                                                                         June 2016

Served as a  volunteer at this week long nonprofit camp that empowers youth ages 8-14 who self-identify as female, trans (across the gender spectrum), and/or gender non-conforming, of all backgrounds and abilities, through music education.

Vertical Team Science Chairman at Carolina Day School                                                 Aug 2011 - May 2015

Served as coordinator of the science curriculum for grades K-12.  Worked to facilitate curriculum mapping and to guide teachers in developing essential questions in the sciences

Varsity Swimming Coach at Carolina Day School                                                                Aug 2007 - Feb 2016

Coached swimmers from 6th grade to 12th grade.  Earned 4 NCISAA State Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 and was named "Coach of Year" in the Asheville Citizen Times in 2012 and 2016

Service Learning Coordinator for the Sixth Grade at Carolina Day School                    Aug 2013 -  Aug 2016 

Helped to coordinate service learning opportunities for our students with Asheville GreenWorks, an organization committed to sustainability, environmental clean-ups, and community engagement in environmental issues

Trip Leader/Organizer for Service Learning in Costa Rica                                                  June 2013 and 2015

Helped to develop a travel/study service-learning trip with Eco-Teach for 9th-12th graders to help preserve endangered sea turtles on the Caribbean coast and critically endangered frogs in the rainforest

Diversity Committee Founding Member                                                                                 Aug 2006 - May 2008

Helped form a continuing committee at Carolina Day School to promote diversity and an understanding of how multiple perspectives can cultivate a richness of ideas and mutual respect for others