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:

Adrienne Cool

I grew up partly in a small town in New York state and partly in Geneva, Switzerland.  My family moved to New York City when I was high school. I don't remember thinking too much about what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I always loved math and I also loved teaching.  So I think I always assumed I'd be a teacher.  I also enjoyed hanging around my father's lab--he was an experimental physicist--and building things in the lab's machine shop.
I joined the faculty at SF State in 1996.  I've been teaching astronomy classes ever since and using space-borne observatories to study ancient star clusters in the Milky Way with my students.  I also direct the SFSU planetarium and Observatory facilities and, with CSME's support, have been working on improving the pathway to K-12 teaching for physics and astronomy students.  In 2016, again with CSME's support, I teamed up with College of Education professor Isabel Quita to design and co-teach a STEM HOUSE course in space science for future K-12 teachers.
Web page: http://www.physics.sfsu/~cool
Department url:
Office: 416 Thornton Hall, Mondays 1-2 pm or by appointment
Phone: (415) 338-6450

Isabel Quita

Growing up in the Philippines in a family of educators, I never wanted to become one myself. At an early age, all I wanted was to travel and explore the beauty of nature. However, opportunities to travel were hard to come by when schooling was my main focus. I completed B.S. Food and Nutrition and later got a K-6 Teaching Credential and became a school teacher for 17 years. A chance to travel to Japan and be part of a Teacher Scholarship Program came by, so I grabbed the opportunity; there I completed a thesis in International Education. Upon returning back to the Philippines, I continued teaching while pursuing Graduate Studies in Elementary Education, minor in Biology at the University of the Philippines. I was also accepted to the Education Doctoral Program at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and this started my pursuit to become a science educator. After graduation, I became a science methods instructor at the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY and an adjunct lecturer at SUNY-Oneonta for several years. An opportunity opened up at SFSU and since 1999 I have been teaching K-6 Science Curriculum & Instruction in the Department of Elementary Education and mentoring/supervising student teachers in SF Bay Area schools. I have collaborated with the Department of Geosciences and co-taught GEOL 309 for several semesters in the past. Since fall 2015 I got involved with CSME as faculty of their STEM House
grant to co-teach with Dr. Adrienne Cool an astronomy-education emphasis for undergrads – EED 655 – Hands-On Undergraduate Science Education Experience. I speak Tagalog, Japanese and Spanish. I am enjoying this journey with colleagues, students, and the entire campus-community.
Department of Elementary Education
Office: 172 Burk Hall
Phone: (415)338-3416


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.