Teaching Life

Ms. Stagner has taught at Madison High School since 2009 while also serving as co-department head since 2016. Courses she has 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 has  served on commitments devoted to climate justice, fair grading practices, curriculum development, science sequence recommendation, and equity in schools.  

Ms. Stagner serves as a Senator Scholar Mentor, and has advised the MESA and Outdoor Club at Madison.  


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 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 is serving her fellowship at NASA in their Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) in Washington, DC starting in September of 2018.  

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 also 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. She continues to stay active in OSTA leadership, and hopes to join the board again once her time in DC is over.