Patti CarothersFounding Director
Patti has over 38 years of high school science teaching and curriculum development experience. She retired in June of 2010 as a science teacher at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA San Ramon Valley Unified School District where she taught all levels of biology (AP, Accelerated, and College Prep), Health Science, Honors Anatomy & Physiology while serving as science department chair, advisor to the Science Alliance and Interact clubs and teacher coach.
In 2004 she co-founded Science Alliance at Monte Vista High School, as an after school science project mentoring program that trains over 250 high school students a year in the San Ramon Valley Unified School district to mentor an equal number of 5th grade students as they work through their science research projects culminating in a district-wide 5th grade science fair. The program was recognized by then President Bush for it's innovation and recieved a Prudential Spirit of the Community Award.
Recently Patti has been involved as an advisor and co-founder of the Science Alliance Network - which is dedicated to fostering Science Alliance Clubs nationwide. We offer online web-based resources and assistance to high school students / teachers to jump-start their own "Science Alliance Club" in their area. In 2013 nine new clubs across the country from the coast of Florida to California have been initiated with more added each year.
For the past 20+ years Patti has mentored students and teachers in all aspects of science fair project research and science curriculum development. She has mentored 11+ Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competitors and winners. Additionally she has been involved with mentoring student projects entered into competition for JSHS Junior Science and Humanities Symposium sponsored by Lawrence Hall of Science, the California State Science Fair, STS and Siemens Science Competition.
She has served as NIH Research Project Teacher for the San Joaquin County Office of Education “Drug Abuse Research Team”, Director/Excursion leader Costa Rica Summer Research via Save the Rainforests, Inc., AAUW Girls on the Bay project leader for the National Northwest Girls Collaborative, Contra Costa County Clean Water Program curriculum development and served on the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Endowment Board.
Patti has amassed many teaching awards including Region IV Northern California Educator of the Year, 2006-2007 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year, Who’s Who among American High School Teachers, UCSD Outstanding Teacher, National Teachers Honor Roll and Warren Eukel Teacher Trust Teacher and many more during her 38 year teaching career.
Science Research runs deep in the soul of Mrs. Carothers. She is delighted to be the founding director of the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair and looks forward to the challenge of bringing science fair research and the Ultimate S.T.E.M. experience to each middle and high school within Alameda County through participation in the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair in the years to come.