Senior Science Education Specialist
Ms. Burck holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences education from Miami University of Ohio, and a master’s degree from Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado in science education. For 28 years she taught science to students at three levels: middle school (Life science), high school (Biology I and II, Earth Science) and college (Biology, Microbiology Lab, Methods for Elementary Teachers). During her tenure in the classroom she received numerous awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (2000), BP Kenai Peninsula Teacher of the Year (2000), Tandy Technology “Champion of the Classroom” award (1995), and NABT’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (1987). She was also selected as a participant in the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Leadership Program (1999).
Ms. Burck’s career in STEM education, while rooted in the classroom, has led to significant involvement on the national level. She left the classroom in 2006 to serve as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA Headquarters. She then spent two years as the Program Director for the nationwide Einstein Fellowship program. From 2010- 2012, she worked as a Science Outreach Coordinator in Earth Science education through NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Ms. Burck has served on many review panels at NASA, NOAA, and NSF, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education. In 2008, she was panelist for a U.S. Dept. of Education presentation on “Teacher Leadership in Practice and Policy.” She has given presentations at local (Alaska), regional and national STEM education conferences, including NSTA.
In addition, she has created a dramatic portrayal of Mrs. Charles Darwin that she has presented at NSTA regional and national conferences, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and in many middle and high school classrooms.
Burck, Elizabeth. 1992, 2007 (updated). “Bioethical Decision Making.” Alaska Oil Spill Curriculum. Prince William Sound Science Center Publishing.
Burck, Elizabeth. 1991. “Promoting Biological Relevance Via the Monera Kingdom.” Favorite Labs From Outstanding Teachers. National Association of Biology Teachers Press.
Burck, Elizabeth. Hammond, C. et al. 1991. “An Affective/Cognitive Strategy for Teaching Huntington’s Disease.” Favorite Labs From Outstanding Teachers. National Association of Biology Teachers Press.