Science & Health Bldg. (#36), Rm #541
Master of Science in Geology, Northern Arizona University, 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Geology, The College of Wooster, 2006
It is my passion to bring a love of science and its deep understanding to all children regardless of background or opportunity. I believe the best way to do this is to base science teaching in student inquiry and inherently enjoyable STEM approaches and provide much needed support to teachers. I thoroughly enjoy working with teachers throughout Arizona to deepen their understanding of science concepts and rejuvenate their enthusiasm for teaching science with easy to implement ideas and research-based practices. I am currently working to bring robotics and drone education to the underserved communities of the state. I am also working on creating curriculum and professional development in planetary science that will be online, accessible, and free for everyone. I am developing a program that will bring online, accessible, easy-to-understand, professional development on the new Arizona Science Standards to teachers in remote communities or those who cant afford travel costs often associated with professional development workshops.
Prior to finding my calling in science education, I spent 9 years as a professional geologist. My career in geology started in environmental consulting in New England where I planned and oversaw small pollution clean-ups for four years. This work lead me to Louisiana in 2010 to help assess damage to the environment from the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill, where I spent a collective 6 months over 3 summers on boats in the Gulf of Mexico taking samples and documenting oil in the water column, sediment, marsh and sandy shores, vegetation, and marine biota of the Gulf ecosystem. During this time, I received by Masters in Geology from NAU studying Holocene climatic changes and volcanic eruption history on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. While publishing two journal articles and presenting this research at scientific conferences, I found myself gravitating towards the science education topics instead of networking in paleoclimatology. Upon graduation in 2013, in additional to a brief 2-year return to environmental consulting in Colorado, I decided to use my degree to teach Introductory Geology at Arapahoe Community College.
My husband and I returned to Flagstaff in 2015 to start a family, where I have worked in K-12 informal education and teacher professional development ever since. I have taught hands-on science to hundreds of students at Camp Colton, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education ranging from robotics to lava tube geology and cultural history. I have written and revised STEM curriculum at Camp Colton to accommodate diverse learners and cultural practices. In my roles at Four Corners School of Outdoor Education and CSTL, I have worked with over 60 teachers in the surrounding reservations and regional communities.
Moving forward, I hope to earn my doctorate in Science Education. In additional to my work with the CSTL, I plan to continue to support Camp Colton and the kind of community educational opportunities I want my son and all children to have equal access to.
Current grant projects
PLANETS (Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science). Development of curricular units and professional development materials for Out of School Time settings motivated by fundamental planetary science questions, and integrating NASA data sets and other assets, and engineering processes and habits of mind. Funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (#NNX16AC53A). Role: Senior Personnel. Partners: USGS Astrogeology Science Center and Engineering is Elementary program, Museum of Science Boston. January 4, 2016 – January 3, 2021.
Krawiec, A.C., and Kaufman, D.S., 2014, Holocene Storminess Inferred from Sediments of Two Lakes on Adak Island, Alaska: Journal of Quaternary Research, doi: 10.1016/j.yqres.2014.02.007
Krawiec, A.C., Kaufman, D.S., and Vaillencourt, D.A., 2013, Age Models and Tephrostratigraphy from Two Lakes on Adak Island, Alaska: Quaternary Geochronology, v. 18, p. 41-53, doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2013.07.002
Wiles, G.C., Krawiec, A.C., and D’Arrigo, R.D., 2009, A 265-Year Reconstruction of Lake Erie Water Levels Based on North Pacific Tree Rings: Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 2008gl037164
Rubino-Hare, L. & Hamlin, A. (2019). In good hands: Designing space gloves to protect astronauts from space hazards. A presentation for the annual meeting of Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, Phoenix, AZ.
Krawiec, A.C., Kaufman, D.S., Vaillencourt, D.A., and D’Andrea, W.J., 2014, Late Holocene Hydroclimate Variability Inferred from Sediments of Two Lakes on Adak Island, Alaska: 44th International Arctic Workshop 2014, Program & Abstracts 2014, p. 67
Krawiec, A.C., Kaufman, D.S., and Vaillencourt, D.A., 2012, Late Holocene Hydroclimatic Variability Inferred from Two lake Sediment Records on Adak Island, Alaska: Abstract PP33A-2080 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec
Krawiec, A.C., Kaufman, D.S., and Vaillencourt, D.A., 2012, A Comparison of Two Lake Sediment Records on Adak Island, Alaska and the Potential for Reconstructing Precipitation to 2 Ka: 42nd International Arctic Workshop 2012, Program & Abstracts 2012, p. 45
Krawiec, A. C., Wiles, G.C., and D’Arrigo, R.D., 2006, A 267 Year Reconstruction of Spring Lake Erie Levels Based on North Pacific Tree-Ring Series: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, North-Central Section, 38, 25