When Teresa Leavens ‘21PHD was a toxicologist, she was involved in educational outreach work that supported science engagement and interest of individuals traditionally marginalized in STEM. Through those experiences, she discovered that the elementary years are an important time to impact students’ education trajectories. And she found a newfound joy.

Leavens decided to change careers and pursue education.

She is earning a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences in the program area of study in elementary education in mathematics and science.

“It combines my love of science, my beliefs about its important role in both education and life, and my views about the crucial window of time that occurs during children’s elementary years,” she said. “The doctorate program will give me an educational

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