Staff Directory - Medea Steinman
Office: 101 Estabrooke Hall
Phone: (207) 581-4666
- BA International Relations, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Biology and Ecology studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
- MST Life Sciences Education Research, University of Maine, Orono
Medea’s first loves were ecology and environmental science but math skills led her to the engineering program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and curiosity led her to an international relations degree at UMass. While there, she also minored in African studies and lived for a time in Kenya, studying marine biology, history and Swahili. Later, in New Mexico, she worked in land conservation and environmental consulting and studied ecology and biology at UNM. This was a fascinating time academically and professionally, involving lots of fieldwork in the deserts of the southwest while studying with some of the leading ecologists in the country.
Being a New Englander though (ME and MA), home was calling and she returned east to graduate school at UMaine. While participating in the NSF GK-12 program, she taught in schools around central Maine and enjoyed the creative problem of trying to infect pre-college students with her own excitement about science. This led her to the RiSE Center, where she defended a MST thesis on the topic of “Using Online Data to Teach Science Skills to Middle School Students.” She also completed her student teaching at James F. Doughty Middle School in Bangor, receiving certification to teach secondary life science in Maine.
Subsequently, Medea worked with COSEE-Ocean Systems in Midcoast Maine, SERC Institute at Schoodic Point, and Signs of the Seasons, a citizen-science phenology program of UMaine Cooperative Extension. She’s very happy to be contributing her wide experience and strong commitment to education reform to the Maine PSP effort, where her mediation training has also proved useful!