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Meet the NCAR Online Course Staff


BECCA HATHEWAY, Instructor, is a science educator at UCAR's Office of Education and Outreach.  She holds an M.Ed in Science Education and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Religion.  Becca develops curriculum for K-12 teachers and students and develops and facilitates in-person and distance learning teacher professional development programs for K-12 teachers.  She was the lead author of Elementary GLOBE, an Earth as a system curriculum for K-4 students.  Before joining UCAR, Becca taught kindergarten for two years and worked at informal science organizations for seven years, where she taught K-12 students and developed and facilitated teacher professional development programs.

Becca Hatheway
RANDY RUSSELL, Instructor/Developer, is a science educator at UCAR's Office of Education and Outreach. He holds a Ph.D. in educational systems development, an M.S. in aerospace engineering, and a B.S. in astrophysics. In addition to instructing professional development courses for science educators, Randy develops content for the Windows to the Universe web site and creates and presents professional development workshops on various Earth and space science topics. Before joining the staff at UCAR, he worked with faculty at Michigan State University to develop 17 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) courses for MSU's Virtual University, developed interactives with TERC as companion resources for a high school Earth science textbook, worked in a research lab at Michigan State developing new multimedia technologies including the Microbe Zoo and the award winning Personal Communicator, and programmed satellite tracking software at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
Photograph of Randy Russell

DENNIS WARD, Course Administrator/Instructor/Developer, is a science educator and instructional technologist for UCAR’s Office of Education and Outreach, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. He holds an M.S. in astronomy and a B.A. in physiological psychology, as well as a graduate certification in geographic information systems. He has been with UCAR since 1995 and considers himself fortunate to work with a talented group of people on a wide variety of projects involving citizen-science, informal science education, and professional development for educators. He is especially interested in the use of both spatial and system modeling in the classroom. Before joining the staff at UCAR, he worked as a training consultant in the private sector, producing print, video, and computer-based training materials, after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Dennis Ward

Climate Discovery, a series of six-week courses for middle and high school educators

What is an NCAR Online Education course?

The online courses, instructed by science education specialists incorporate information about state-of-the-art research and modeling efforts of nationally renowned climate scientists with classroom tested science inquiry activities. The online course experience features a high level of interactivity, tools for assessment , and effective community-building interactive technologies.