Susan Koppendrayer

I am a nationally certified STEM educator who is passionate about teaching science! I teach middle school science at Avail Academy in Minneapolis and am the STEM Education Specialist for Christian Schools International. I have had the opportunity to present at NSTA national and regional conferences, Van Andel Education Institute's Science on the Grand, MISF STEM Education Conference, Heartland Teachers Convention and Christian School Educators Science Academy. NSTA has become the "go-to" site for much of my professional development and implementation of best practices in science pedagogy. I fully utilize NSTA conferences, the STEM Forum, webinars, journals, books, articles, NGSS resources. I especially appreciate the willingness of educators to share resources and respond to questions in the NSTA Learning Community. I am a better educator because of my affiliation with the NSTA. Education/Background: MA, Education Michigan State University, National STEM Teaching Certification




Avail Academy, Christian Schools International

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Recent Posts by Susan

Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:06 AM in NGSS Curriculum for Middle School Science
Does anyone have suggestions for curriculum, kits or resources that can be purchased for a middle school(6-8) that will be implementing the NGSS? Some suggestions have included FOSS kits and Amplify. What do you use? What do you think?

Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:48 PM in Engineering Design Process Assessment
Thank you for sharing the rubrics. They were very helpful tools for assessment.  

Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:07 AM in PD Opportunity!
To: NSTA Teachers From: Susan Koppendrayer, Teacher and NSTA Member Re: Honeywell Green Boot Camp  Where/When: June 19-23, Apply by March 20 Cost: FREE "Honeywell’s Green Boot Camp teaches middle school teachers how to turn their classrooms into fertile ground in which ideas about sustainability can thrive. And for you, this no cost four da...

Recent Public Collections by Susan

Farming: Environment and Ecosystem Impact

9 Resources

Farming and food production as a way to study soil ecosystems and the impact of farming on the environment

NASA's BEST Students Challenges
Type: User uploaded resource

Podcast: Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber: Lunar Farming
Type: Podcast

Tree Rings and Climate Change

NASA Resource

Plant Science

1 Resources

Lunar Plant Growth Chamber
Type: User uploaded resource