Deb Hemler has been a professor at Fairmont State since 2000 and a graduate faculty member since 2004. She obtained her Ed.D. in geoscience education and her M.S. in wildlife management from West Virginia University. Her B.S. in biology, with a minor in environmental science, is from Northland College in Ashland, Wis. She taught earth science, chemistry and biology for seven years in the public schools in Preston County, W.Va. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at WVU for three years prior to coming to Fairmont State. She currently serves as the coordinator for the science education programs at FSU, the facilitator for NASA's Educator Resource Center, the Director of the Earth & Space Science Passport Program, and the Executive Director for the West Virginia Science Teachers Association. She spends her leisure time taking geology forays (both domestic and international), riding her horses, and spending time with her husband Roger on their farm, Terra Petra, raising Scottish highland cattle and silver fox rabbits in Preston County.
The challenge of creating relevant engaging activities to model for our students, WV’s future science teachers.