Rhonda Brown

 

Rhonda Brown taught physical science, biology, zoology and forensic science classes at the middle and high school level in both Indiana and Florida for 20 years.  Rhonda took on

Brown earned a B.S. in Science Education from the University of Southern Indiana and her M.Ed. at Indiana Wesleyan. She achieved National Board Certification in 2004 and was named Teacher of the Year at East Ridge High School in 2005.

In 2005, Brown was also awarded the Disney Teacherrific Outstanding Education Program award for her PACT (Preventing Adolescent Crime Together) program. The Air Force Association named Brown Central Florida STEM Teacher of the Year in 2010. Brown has written two course guides that are now part of the state curriculum in Florida – Forensic Sciences I in 2004 and Forensic Sciences II in 2006, which she co-authored. She has presented at national, state and local science conferences including the Florida Association of Science Teachers conference in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and the National Science Teacher Association conference in 2009 and 2011. In February 2011, the high school textbook Forensic Science: Advanced Investigations, co-authored by Brown, was published.

In May 2013, Brown delivered the commencement address to graduates at her alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana (USI), Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. In recognition of her positive impact on education, USI awarded Brown the David L. Rice Alumni Achievement Award.

Rhonda believes that students need to see the relevance in what they are learning before they will embrace their education. “Once they can see the connections between what they are being taught and how it will impact them personally, they are much more likely to be engaged in the learning process. Getting students involved in their community to reinforce concepts enhances the classroom experience while building character and increasing community awareness.”

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