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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Alia Thompson

Alia Thompson portrait

Graduate Student

PhD Student, Science Education (SOE)

Science Teaching

103A Heroy Geology Laboratory


Master of Education in Curriculum Studies Hawaiian Science

College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

December 2013

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching Secondary Science Education

College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

May 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Botany Hawaiian Ethnobotany

Department of Botany, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

December 2008

Teaching Experience:

7th grade Life Science Teacher

Kaimuki Middle School

Honolulu, HI

August 2011 – May 2016

  • Life Science teacher focusing on place-based learning and integration of Hawaiian and Western Science within an ecological and sustainability framework.
  • Implements digital learning pedagogies to enhance, engage student learning and deepen fundamental understanding and retention of core concepts.
  • Emphasis on student inquiry-based learning strategies to facilitate critical thinking and logical foundations of the scientific method.

Science Department Head

Kaimuki Middle School

Honolulu, HI

August 2013 – May 2015

  • Coordinate common course and bridge activities between department faculty and across grade levels.
  • Liaison with administrators to implement aims and policies which further school philosophy and mission objectives.
  • Coordinate professional development workshop opportunities in cooperation with community and academic agencies and individuals.

Kaimuki Voyagers Volleyball Coach

Kaimuki Middle School

Honolulu, HI

August 2011 – 2012

  • Organize, facilitate, and execute team activities and functions.
  • Focus on team-building strategies to deepen real world application of cooperative learning and teamwork skills.
  • Teaching the fundamentals of volleyball with in a physical fitness framework, using physical fitness to inspire healthy living strategies and confidence in students.

Research Interest:

My research interests vary greatly from culture and place-based curriculum design, to informal science education to pre-service teacher preparation. I also tend to focus on curriculum aspects related to climate change as I feel it is important in a broader impact sense.    I love botany, biology and anything with marine science.