Author: Betsy Mitchell and Joanna Totino

About Betsy Mitchell and Joanna Totino

Betsy Mitchell and Joanna Totino

Betsy Mitchell, PhD, is the UC Berkeley Natural History Museums coordinator for Exploring California Biodiversity’s outreach program. Dr. Mitchell has 15 years of experience managing science outreach projects, developing inquiry-based and NGSS science activities for students, doing workshops for teachers, and supervising graduate students working in K–12 classrooms and field settings. She is trained as a scientist, and has taught natural science to undergraduates, teachers, and K–12 students in informal and formal settings.

Joanna Totino is the director of the Bay Area Science Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. Ms. Totino has led teams of faculty, scientists, graduate students, lead teachers, district staff, community partners, and researchers to ensure that projects are successfully implemented and well documented on numerous science initiatives and grants. Ms. Totino has a long history of collaborative relationships with school districts, teachers, and K–12 students.

“I need a glue gun!”  “Should we use black or white paper?” “Think about the angle.” “Let’s try putting the foil here.”  “Should we seal it completely?”   If you were at Bay Farm School in Alameda on June 12, 2019, you would have heard these phrases coming from teams of teachers who were designing, building, […]

“This was a wonderful week—fun balanced with lots of things to take away and try with my kids … a much deeper appreciation of environmental literacy.” The first of three planned Elementary Environmental Literacy Summer Institutes was presented to K–5 teachers by the Alameda Unified School District (USD) in summer 2017. The Bay Area Science […]