Ashley Ivins is a teacher, researcher, and curriculum developer from Capitan, NM. Ivins is currently serving a four-year term on the New Mexico Math and Science Advisory Council . In 2011, she was selected as a Teacher Research Fellow by the American Physiology Society. She recently travelled to Morocco for the United States Department of State's Teachers for Global Classrooms program to study education from an international perspective. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and later earned her Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in distance learning and technology from New Mexico State University. Ivins has also completed Special Education and Educational Leadership programs at New Mexico State University as well as programming for the Master of Science Teaching from New Mexico Tech. Currently she is pursuing her Ed.D. in a joint degree program administered by Texas Tech and Texas A&M Universities focused on Agriculture, Leadership, and Communications. Her research interests include distance education, agriculture and vocational skills and education, rural community health & disaster preparedness, and international relationships and education.
Ashley returned to her alma mater, Capitan High School, to teach. Capitan is a small town with a rural population of just under 1,500 residents. She is excited to bring her experience and knowledge home to her local community and serve her hometown. As with every small school position she will wear a variety of hats and job duties, but will primarily work with special education students and work to improve opportunities in science and engineering research for students district-wide. Thanks to the Society for Science & the Public Fellowship Program, Ivins plans to start an after-school science and engineering research society, begin outreach to elementary and middle school students, hold a district-wide science research symposium, and coach teams for science and engineering competitions. Of particular focus this year will be involving students in studies on the environmental impact and future disaster preparedness due to a forest fire called the "Little Bear Fire," which destroyed over 44,000 acres of forest around the community this summer.
Ashley Ivins reviews a symposia session at Intel ISEF 2011 on the SSP blog.
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