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Forrester, Han Teach Education Courses at UW/CC CENTER
August 31, 2010 — The University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center begins the fall semester with two new faculty members in education: Jennifer Forrester, assistant professor of elementary education and educational studies, and Keonghee Tao Han, assistant professor of elementary education.
Forrester teaches "Math Science Education" (EDEL 4409) and "Teacher as Practitioner" (EDST 3000) at the UW/CC Center. After she earned her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University, Forrester taught courses in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology at DeVry University.
One of Forrester's research interests is science competitions and how they influence academic and career choices; how they impact minority student populations' choice to enter a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field; and how they change reported gender gaps.
She is also interested in how children learn about science outside of the classroom, through television shows and experience, as well as how western science merges with indigenous science knowledge that is passed down through families. As a mentor of student teachers, Forrester aims to reduce the fear of teaching that many educators face, by teaching them applicable lessons and an understanding of the nature of science.
"I'm excited to be a part of the community and the UW/CC Center," said Forrester, who recently moved from North Carolina with her husband David and 11 ½ month old son. "We've been here for two weeks, and we've already fallen in love with the land and the people. We will never move again."
Han will teach "Elementary Literacy Methods" (EDEL 4309) and "Introduction to English as a Second Language" (EDCI 4350) this fall. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada in curriculum and instruction, she taught education courses at the University of Idaho. She was also the principal investigator and director of the exchange program between the University of Idaho and Sungshin Women's University in South Korea.
Han looks forward to continuing her research in English as a Second Language (ESL) and multicultural literacy. She studies ESL students and their challenges in literacy and language acquisition, including spelling, writing, reading, and their social relationships with teachers and peers. Her goal is to bring multicultural issues and social justice to the foreground in a mostly homogeneous, monolingual society, by infusing variations of multicultural literature into her classrooms.
"I am looking forward to teaching at the UW/CC Center because of the great faculty and students, and the support that is provided for teaching and learning by the leaders and the staff," said Han. "I am excited about being part of this great academic community."
For information about programs, news, and events at the UW/CC Center, visit the Web site at www.uwyo.edu/uwcc.