Lois Sherwood originally trained in zoology at Washington State University and worked in the medical profession after graduating. But after a chance visit to a high school classroom, she realized that teaching was her calling.
Lois began her teaching career at the SEA Discovery Center (formerly the Poulsbo Marine Science Center) and then moved to Port Townsend High School. During her career, she has taught health, marine biology, oceanography, physical science, math, biology, and integrated science.
While teaching, she earned a master’s degree in science, also through Washington State University. As she deepened her understanding of science, she became interested in constructivist teaching and allowing students to learn through engaging in science practices. She refined this skill through inquiry training with the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, California. Her training later led to codeveloping inquiry workshops, which she taught for several summers through the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
For her work in the classroom, she received the Amgen Excellence in Science Teaching award in 2011 and was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in both 2013 and 2015.
Lois’s passion for science education is driven by a personal passion to understand and experience the natural world. This also fuels her hobbies, which include bird watching, beach exploration, kayaking, hiking, biking, and running.
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