Teaching in DC

So many museums, so little time.

Teaching Life

Ms. Stagner is excited to start a new chapter as the STEM Coordinator/teacher at Templeton Academy in Washington, DC as of August 2019.

Prior to 2019, Ms. Stagner taught at Madison High School for 10 years while also serving as co-department head since 2016. Courses she taught at Madison are Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, College Reading, Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry, and Sustainable Agriculture. Here's an article that appeared in PPS's Pulse Magazine from June 2018 about the Forensic Science class that Ms. Stagner developed at Madison. 

Professionally, Ms. Stagner is passionate about encouraging students to think critically and to connect science to their everyday lives. A particular focus is a commitment to increasing the number of women and minority students who pursue science as a career choice. She also is devoted to social and environmental justice. Throughout her time at PPS, she served on commitments devoted to climate justice, fair grading practices, curriculum development, science sequence recommendation, and equity in schools.  


Ms. Stagner has a Bachelor's of Science degree from Michigan State University in Fisheries & Wildlife Management with a minor in Environmental Studies. She also has two Masters Degrees from Portland State University:  a Masters of Education, and a Masters of Science in Teaching.  

Awards & Accomplishments

In December of 2018, Ms. Stagner earned her National Board Certification in Adolescent/Young Adult Chemistry. This was a several year process, and she is grateful to be recognized!

In May of 2018, Ms. Stagner was awarded an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship for the 2018-2019 school year. She served her fellowship at NASA in their Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) in Washington, DC, from September 2018 to July 2019.  While at NASA, Ms. Stagner developed curriculum and assisted with public outreach and STEM engagement efforts. For more information about my time as an Einstein Fellow, check out my blog.

In 2017, Ms. Stagner was named as a Murdock Partners in Science recipient. This opportunity allows her to conduct two years of summer research at Oregon Health and Science University, Division of Neuroscience, under the guidance of Dr. Henryk Urbanski. The partnership includes a sizable grant for classroom materials, professional development, and outreach opportunities. Ms. Stagner's research focuses on the effect of caloric restriction on the brains of rhesus macaque monkeys. This research will help science understand how dietary strategies such as caloric restriction can mitigate age-related declines in brain function. In January 2018, Ms. Stagner traveled to San Diego to present the results of the first year of her research through a formal poster session. Here's an article that appeared in PPS's Pulse Magazine about her experience. 

Finally, Ms. Stagner was a member of the Oregon Science Teacher's Association Board from 2016-2018, serving as "Member-at-large" from District 1, which includes the Portland Metropolitan Area.