About Us

Leslie Atkins ElliottLeslie Atkins Elliott is a Professor in Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies at Boise State University, and the department Chair, with research and teaching interests in science education and teacher preparation. She has a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland, where she bridged education re- search and a physics degree as she investigated students’ and scientists’ uses of analogy in constructing scientific ideas. She has taught high school physics, chemistry, and undergraduate physics. Her most recent research projects involve understanding how ideas from science classrooms are noticed, valued, and used in everyday life, and understanding what characteristics of instruction help initiate and sustain productive disciplinary engagement in science.

Contact: leslie@composingscience.com

jaxon_photoKim Jaxon is a Professor of English (Composition & Literacy) at California State University, Chico. She received her PhD at UC, Berkeley in the Language & Literacy, Society & Culture program in the Graduate School of Education. Her research interests focus on theories of literacy, particularly digital literacies, participation, classroom design, game theories, and teacher education. In her research and teaching, she uses a variety of digital platforms and considers the affordances in terms of student learning and participation. She has published a variety of book chapters and articles focused on classroom design, mentoring, and the uses of digital tools. In 2014, Kim was awarded the Teacher of Excellence-College Award by the California Association of Teachers of English; in 2020 she was awarded Outstanding Teacher at CSU, Chico, and in 2021 the Outstanding Educator by Rotary of Chico. She is also a gamer and self proclaimed geek. Twitter: @drjaxon

Contact: kim@composingscience.com

isIrene Salter received a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. Over the course of the following decade, she taught middle school science and math, led professional development workshops at the Exploratorium Teacher’s Institute, developed curriculum with the GEMS group at the Lawrence Hall of Science, and taught science to preservice teachers at California State University, Chico, where she served as the chair of the Department of Science Education. Until recently, she was the principal of Chrysalis Charter School, a science-and nature-focused K–8 school near Redding, California.