Elizabeth Petersen

mySci Facilitator

Elizabeth has over 30 years experience in the science education field. She first gained experience by working in the field as an environmental biologist, which came in handy when working as a classroom teacher in the Ladue School District. She was the first teacher to have her students out in the field testing the water quality of Deer Creek with her Stream Team#76, which she started in 1989.

In 2015, Elizabeth retired from the classroom but not from science education. In addition to working with the Institute for School Partnerships, she also is the Chair of the Awards Committee for the Science Teachers of Missouri, on the Advisory Board and Chair of the Education Committee for the Audubon Center at Riverlands, a member of the Website Committee for the Missouri Environmental Educators Association and a Member of the Advisory Council for the National Science Teaching Association Middle Level Division. She is a Judge with the Exploravision Competition through the National Science Teaching Association and also peer reviews publications for the Science Scope Magazine. Elizabeth has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education, her lifetime Teaching Certification in Biology and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
In 2020, Elizabeth was named a Distinguished Alumni from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She has also been a PARC Fellow, and Kirk Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, and has received numerous teaching awards including awards from NSTA, STOM, Academy of Science, Department of Natural Resources, and the Humane Society. Her passion is helping students and teachers learn about science and the natural world.