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Featured Faculty Member: Dr. Susan Gomez-Zwiep

Susan Gomez-Zwiep

My path into science education began teaching middle school science in a mid-size, urban school district in Southern California. These early experiences in the classroom continue to inform my work today as a researcher and educator. One of my research areas, science and language development, grew from my experience working with English language learners as a classroom teacher; using language to provide equitable access to science learning and to accelerate language development. I am also interested in learning that occurs across content domains such as integrations across English Language Arts, Math and Science. In addition to working with preservice teachers at CSULB, I am heavily involved in teacher professional development and enjoy working with educators in K-12 classrooms. This part of my work has been enriched by my close relationship with the K12 Alliance at WestEd, where I serve as a Regional Director. My partnership with K12 Alliance has allowed me to work with teacher leaders and university faculty to create effective professional development programs, including the California NGSS Early Implementation Initiative.

I have a passion for science, science teaching and science learners of all ages.