Idaho – Grades 9-12, Algebra and Pre-Calculus
Brenda Gardunia received her A.S. degree from Ricks Junior College (now BYU -Idaho) and then continued her studies at Boise State University graduating with honors with a B.S. degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. She completed her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction at Northwest Nazarene University. She has been a participant in NASA’s NEW program for teachers and spent three weeks in Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Fund participant.
Brenda has taught secondary mathematics in the Boise, Idaho for 19 years. She has worked with the alternative high school programs at Mountain Cove High School and most recently, at Frank Church High School. In addition, Brenda has been an online math instructor with the Idaho Digital Learning Academy. The past two summers, she has taught at-risk and pre-college youth in Boise State University’s Upward Bound program.
Brenda has spent the last 20 years working to help improve the education of all students in her school, district, and state with a special emphasis on at-risk and under-served youth. “Being a first generation college graduate, I have seen how a lack of education limits opportunities and the difference education makes in the quality of life in my own family.”
Another interest is helping to create a sustainable planet through the development of community gardens and school gardens. As an Einstein Fellow working with the National Science Foundation in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering division, Brenda brings much experience, insight, and enthusiasm into the education arena.
Brenda is serving her second fellowship year at the National Science Foundation, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education Program