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Betzaida Ortiz

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BIO

EDUCATION:

Bachelors Degree in Science Education with a minor in Biological Sciences, 8/1991 - 6/2001
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Masters Degree in Progress
Biology Curriculum - University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

-Juan Ponce de Leon Middle School, 8-12/2001
Student Teaching Practicum
Science, 7th grade
-Juan Ponce de Leon Middle School, 1-6/2002
Science Teacher
Science 8th and 9th grades
-University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon, 2001-2002
Teacher Assitant in Science Education
Third Years Science Future Teacher Students
-Sotero Figueroa Intermediate School
Testing of the Educational Module: "Learning to Protect and Conserve the Mangrove Forests of Puerto Rico". For the PR-AMP Project (1999)

JOB EXPERIENCE:

2003-Present Resource Teacher Puerto Rico Math and Science Partnership at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR
1992-2003 Resource Center for Science and Engineering
Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR
Research Assistant in Science Education
1991-1994 Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology
University of Puerto Rico, Roo Piedras, PR
Undergraduate Student Research in PCB Contaminants
Analyzed pollutants in water, suspended particles and sediments.

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:

Secretary of the Puerto Rico Science Teacher Association 2001 to 2003
Proposal Evaluator of Title IV and VI for the Department of Education - Summer 2001
Student Mentor of Summer Camp Student in a Science Camp "Nurturing Future Scientist" - Summer 2000
Student Mentor of the Puerto Rico Alliance for Minority Participation Mentoring Program- 1996 to 2001
Coordinator of the Puerto Rico Junior Science and Humanities Symposium - Since 1995

AWARDS RECEIVED:

Resident Teacher at the Arecibo Observatory, Sponsored by Cornell University - Summer 2001

CERTIFICATIONS:

Secondary Level Science Teaching Certification

WORKSHOPS OFFERED:

Use of the Graphic Calculator TI-83 plus in a Biological Approach
The Use of Puppets in Education
The Integrated Curriculum, Sponsored by Instituto 2000

PRESENTATIONS:

The Use of Space Science concepts in Education - Annual Conference - Puerto Rico Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation - June 2002
The Use of Graphic Calculators in Science Education - Education Week at the University of Puerto Rico
The Aerobic Fish - Conference - Puerto Rico Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation - June 2001
"How to transform everyday problems in scientific problems for research" - Workshop - Annual Conferences of the Puerto Rico Science Teacher Association - April, 2002 

EXPERTISE

Biology Curriculum 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Educational Module: "Learning to Protect and Conserve the Mangrove Forests of Puerto Rico". For the PR-AMP Project
Co-author

Educational Module: "How to protect the rocky shore". For the PR-AMP Project Co-Autor