SciTech Faculty - Pamela McClung Casto

Casto, Pamela McClung
Faculty Equivalent Academic Professional
Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience
B.S. Medical Technology
M.A. Secondary Education, WVU

After supervising first a Microbiology Lab then a Biochemistry Lab in hospitals, I stayed home with three children and worked on a Master’s degree in Education.  I then taught a variety of courses for 25 years (mostly Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) before beginning work as an outreach specialist for FSU at the NASA IV&V Program’s Educator Resource Center.  Thanks to FSU, NASA and the ERC staff this is an awesome job impacting over 10,000 students a year.  I also have been involved in archaeology since 2002.  I have worked with the University of Wales and York Archaeology Trust in the U.K. on Roman and Medieval sites and for various firms in the Eastern U.S. – primarily on prehistoric Native American sites.  I also serve on the Morgantown History Museum Commission and am an avid traveler.

What have you learned while teaching at Fairmont State?: 

I have learned that students and educators truly can embrace the science connections that fill their lives if science is presented to them in ways that arouse their curiosity, and are relevant to what they have personally experienced.

What do your students like best about your class?: 

What I teach is done primarily with a variety of hands-on, problem-based, and creative or unusual techniques and materials.  They stay actively physically and mentally engaged through the learning process.

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