Meet the Center for Science and Math Education Community

Faculty in Residence

Jessica Fielder

Jessica grew up in Orange County and moved to the Bay Area for college. Inspired by her high school chemistry teacher, she originally wanted to study chemistry before falling in love with astronomy in general and black holes specifically. She came to SFSU for a Master's degree in Physics in 2004 and had the life-changing experience of teaching astronomy in a planetarium for the first time. Jessica stayed on at SFSU as a lecturer in physics and astronomy, and now splits her time between teaching and running the Supplemental Instruction program in the College of Science and Engineering.
Office: Trailer P, (415)-405-0540
Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4 in Trailer P-4

Kim Coble

Kim Coble (aka “AstroKim”) is a recent transplant to the Bay Area, after living in Chicago for more than two decades and growing up on the east coast, in Columbia, MD. She is a Professor of Physics and  Astronomy at SFSU,  with  expertise  in physics  and  astronomy  education  researchand extensive  experience  teaching  reformed introductory physics  and  astronomy  classes. Her research centers on understanding students’ ideas about modern topics in science(such  as cosmology, her former path in life), recognizing the strengths that diverse learners bring to the classroom and to STEM professions, and creating innovative, active learning environments that engage  students  in  realistic  scientific  practices. She is  currently  the  chair  ofthe Education Committee  of  the  American  Astronomical  Society(AAS) and serves  on the  Committee  for  the Status  of  Minorities  in  Astronomy.  She was  a  member  of the  AAS  Task  Force  on Diversityand Inclusion  in  Graduate  Astronomy  Education,  served  on the  Committee  on  Diversityof the American  Association  of  Physics  Teachers  (AAPT)and  was  an  organizer  of  the  Inclusive Astronomy  2015 conference. At  SFSU she  is the  director  for  the  Learning  Assistant  program,a member  of  the  Faculty  Agents  of  Change, as  well  asa  faculty  collaborator  for  the  Center  for Science and Math Education.She was formerly a Professor at Chicago State University, anNSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellow, and obtained her PhDfrom the University of Chicago and Bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania.

Physics and Astronomy Department:

Kim Seashore

I grew up on the east coast, in Washington, D.C. and Bethel, Maine. From an early age, I knew that I loved math and people, so I decided in 7th grade that I wanted to be a math teacher. I majored in math with a minor in teaching and then moved to California in 1993 to teach at the Urban School of San Francisco. After 5 years teaching at Urban and another year at Gateway High School, I went to work at Lawrence Hall of Science. As staff in  ACCESS Mathematics program and co-director of the Bay Area Mathematics Project, I was able to work with a wide range of teachers throughout the Bay Area to enact more activity based and student centered approaches to math teaching grades K-12.  In 2005, I came to SFSU as a masters student in the math department.  My experiences here and at LHS led me to pursue a PhD in mathematics education through the SESAME program at University of California, Berkeley.  In 2015, I joined the math department at SFSU as an assistant professor, where I teach undergraduate students in both mathand math education courses, and advise masters students in math teaching and mathematics education projects.  I also convene a research group, Mathematics Education Research Group for Equity (MERGE), to investigate issues of K-16 mathematics teaching and teacher education.
Math Department Website:
MERGE Website:
Office phone: 410-338-7719
Office hours: Thornton Hall 925, Tu 3:30-4:30, Th 1:00-2:00

Hao Yue

Hao Yue grew up in China. He wanted to be a statesman when he grew up. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Florida in 2015. He came to SF State in 2015. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department. His work focuses on K-12 CS education, including K-12 CS teacher preparation and professional development, curriculum development, and the development and implementation of CS supplementary authorization program.
Department page url:
Office location: TH930
Phone: 415-338-2289
Hours: T and Th, 3:30-4:30PM (change every semester)

Teachers in Residence

Maya Cook

I was born and raised in San Francisco and did a fair share of growing up in Los Angeles as well. As a child, I wanted to be a lawyer or work in Marketing.  Math was always my most comfortable subject because I experienced its value and use outside of school at a practical level early on. I started tutoring shortly after highschool and decided to change my career path to education. I have been a 6th Grade Math Teacher at Aptos Middle School for five years. I received my both my B.A and Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University.  I am on the pathway to completingmy Master of Arts in Secondary Education in Spring 2020. I am also a CSME Teacher in Residence. Please take the opportunity to explore the many programs and services that are provided by CSME. It's a great way to meet others that share similar academic goals and find a support network to persevere through challenging times.