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Jan Truchot|Meet the Science Posse

Science Posse Program Coordinator

Consultant, bby Publications, University of West Alabama

32 years after I began, in the spring of 2009, I retired from teaching in the elementary schools of Crook County, Wyoming because my husband (who also retired) became the math content specialist for the Wyoming State Department of Education. We moved to Laramie, and I began a new career with the Science Posse.

My background in education supports the fellows in meeting the Posse’s dual goals of enhancing science education in the state of Wyoming and developing the Fellows' skills in communicating technical topics to nonscientists and collaborating across scientific disciplines.

I am excited about working with these science students as they inspire the next generation of scientists!

Professional Certification

Elementary Grades (including Kindergarten)
General Social Studies
General Science
Exceptional Children-Generalist K-12


Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Education, Macalester College, 1975.
Master of Science Teaching, Natural Science, University of Wyoming, 1977.

Teaching Experiences:

Crook County School District #1
Sundance Elementary School:
Sixth Grade, 1990-2009
Fifth Grade, 1986-1990
Special Education Resource Room, 1981-1986
Four Oaks Rural School
1980-1981; 14 students, grades K-6
1979-1980; 8 students, grades 1-5
Moorcroft Elementary, Sixth Grade, 1977-1979

Keystone Environmental Learning Center, Keystone, CO; Field Instructor, 1977

University of Wyoming, Science and Mathematics Teaching Center; T. A., 1976-1977

Northeastern Minnesota Environmental Learning Center, Isabella, MN, Instructor, 1975.

St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN; Creative Writing Specialist, 1973.

Awards and Honors:

Wyoming State Teacher of the Year, 1988.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, 1994.

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