CATHY KRATZ NSF Teaching Partner
GATE Way Center Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25

Years Teaching:
30 years

B.S. University of Utah in Physiological Psychology; B.A. U. of U. Elementary Education

Graduate Partner:

Special Accomplishments/Interests:
MNS coursework and resaearch from ISU; Science Endorsement; Gifted and Talented Teaching Endorsement Science Teacher from Idaho Region 5; Governor's Science Teacher of the Year 1990; Poetry in the Schools Project (2 years) I am very interested in the human genome and gene altering/splicing; I am also interested in nanotechnology and medicine and creating symbiotic alliances with microbes.

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?
I will continue to integrate the lessons I learned and the participation in the FLL robotics program and competition. GK-12 has allowed me to become involved in some projects and activities which I had no financial backing and therefore could not bring to my students. I also learned a tremendous amount of physical science which I had never learned before.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?
I think I have changed the GK-12 Program by bringing gifted and talented children to their attention. I have especially worked to have my sixth grade gifted and talented girls involved in robotics and we have for two years taken the Robotic Performance Award at the regional FLL, and are on our way to the International competition this coming week. This is a first time experience for the state of Idaho and for the ISU GK-12 Program. The GATE program became involved with GK-12 when I came on board in 2005. Both GK-12 and my G/T students have benefitted from the experience and will continue to in the future.

Profile date: April 2007