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Lee Derr

I have always loved to explore "the way things work." Science provides a portal into the natural world and I love sharing what I know of the natural world. In my opinion, science education involves igniting a spark of wonder and inquiry.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Student Teacher/Intern Supervisor, and Interim Director of Secondary Education (2012-2013) at Colorado College since 2008.

High School Science Teacher - 16 years

  • Department Chair
  • Co-founder Southwest Studies Program - Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Visiting Teacher in Northern New South Wales Schools, Australia, 2002
  • Teacher of the Year - Air Academy High School

Middle School Science Teacher - 7 years

  • Science Olympiad Coach
  • Teacher of the Year - Eagleview Middle School

College Board Consultant - 10 years

Environmental/Outdoor Education - 8 years


Activities & Interests

Bird Banding Educator and Biological Field Science - Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and Chico Basin Ranch

Palmer Land Trust - Board of Trustees 2009-2013, Stewardship Committee Chair

Pikes Peak Quality of Life Indicators

Rocky Mountain Field Institute

National Association of Biology Teachers

Denver Museum of Nature and Science





"Take Home Science Modules," co-author. 24 free standing curricular units to support kit-based sceince in local school districts. WonderQuest, Inc. 1995-98

"Integrating Technology in the Classroom: the use of Lego Logo," 1990. Article for local educational technology journal.

Regular Classes

ED474: Content Methods for Secondary Educators - Science


    M.A.T., Colorado College, Integrated Natural Sciences

    Colorado Teacher Certification, Colorado State University, Secondary Science

    B.S., Colorado State University, Forestry and Natural Resources


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