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Cathy Summa

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Cathy Summa
Director of the Science Center
Wellesley College

Prior to moving into an administrative position at Wellesley College, Cathy worked for 15 years in teacher preparation at Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota. There she developed an integrated STEM education program for pre-service elementary educators, and an earth-and-space-science program for middle- and high-school level teachers. She has worked closely with the Science Museum of Minnesota to offer professional development focused on STEM integration and cultural competency for in-service teachers and College and University STEM faculty. Summa currently serves on the Executive Committee of the SciMathMN Board of Directors, an organization that advocates for P-20 STEM education across Minnesota.
A Wellesley alum, Summa was drawn back to campus in part to help develop a STEM teacher preparation program and hopes to continue to work with in-service teachers.

Subject Areas of Interest:
  • astronomy
  • environmental science
  • geology

Education Areas of Interest:
  • science content-specific pedagogy courses
  • social justice education
  • education in high need schools
  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • project-based learning
  • gender and education
  • recruitment
  • retention
  • organizational culture
  • professional expertise