- Teacher Resources
Director: Dr. SueAnn I. Bottoms
Dr. SueAnn I. Bottoms is committed to creating accessible, inclusive, and equitable STEM opportunities for children and families. She is passionate about providing outreach that is culturally responsive and able to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. She has been involved extensively in STEM partnerships and particularly interested in how partnerships can reshape and reframe how STEM is defined, who has access to STEM and who participates in STEM.
Her most recent work, FIESTAS, funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant is a partnership between community business owners, Boy and Girls Club of Corvallis (BGCC), Linn and Benton County 4-H, two local elementary schools (Title 1 Spanish-English Dual Immersion) in Corvallis 509J School District, and the Oregon State University’s College of Education Preservice Teacher (PST) program. This partnership facilitates weekly STEM after school clubs utilizing community-based teaching practices at local elementary schools. FIESTAS’ engaged scholarship model employs iterative research design and transformative practices that focus on engagement of all partners through ongoing communication, continual redesign, and authentic collaborative practices.
SueAnn came to OSU in 2000 to work for the SMILE program, when she completed her Ph.D. in Science Education in 2007, she moved into the College of Education, first as the Department Chair and then as an assistant professor of science education preparing educators in formal and informal settings. Becoming Director of Precollege Programs is coming full circle. She will continue to focus on partnership opportunities that support a more inclusive vision of STEM.
Assistant Director: Jay Well
Jay Well is the Assistant Director of the Science Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program at Oregon State University. After spending seven years researching wildlife genetics, genomics, and population health, Jay discovered his passion for working to advance equal access to science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) curriculum and opportunities for rural underserved students. Over the past 10 years, Jay has worked toward that goal through creating innovative teacher professional development and linking K-12 teachers and students to OSU research, faculty, and students. This effort works to establish a pathway to success for SMILE students as they transition through K-12, college, and then on to STEM careers. Outside of the office Jay can be found spending time with his family or running on local trails.
SMILE/Precollege Programs Assistant: Amity Elliott
Amity Elliott graduated from Newport High School in 2016. She is a former SMILE student of Siletz Elementary and Toledo High School! She has a Bachelor’s in Natural Resource Education from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont. She loves being able to travel around her home state of Oregon, as well as cooking, eating, snowboarding, and being outside!
SMILE/Precollege Programs Assistant: Adam Talamantes
Adam Talamantes is a graduate student at OSU, studying science education. He has been involved with the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) program for several years. His graduate research revolves around integrating project-based learning into SMILE’s summer bridge program and evaluating the impact of the summer bridge program on college self-efficacy. His research also focused on building community-university partnerships to support out-of-school time STEM education. Currently, he is working closer with SMILE as a Program Assistant.
Research Program Coordinator: Brendan Williams
Brendan Williams manages the financial and research operations of SMILE and Precollege Programs, including long-term planning, grant writing and reporting, project coordination and evaluation, and overseeing fiscal processes and procedures. He enjoys problem-solving and working with our many school district partners, grantors, and other stakeholders. He earned an accounting degree from the University of Connecticut, and worked for community-based organizations while serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Alaska and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.
Administrative Program Assistant: Kami Hammerschmith
Kami Hammerschmith has worked at Oregon State University for more than 20 years, previously with Orange Media Network/Student Media. She provides administrative support for Precollege Programs and The SMILE Program.