Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Education and Workforce Development
Idaho, Middle school and high school physics
DaNel Hogan taught physics at Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho for five years prior to accepting her Fellowship. Previous to that, she worked for a year at the Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center in Boise, Idaho and for three years at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona. She taught Conceptual, Advanced Placement and Concurrent College Credit Physics. Hogan also taught Physical Science and STEM Research and served as Science Department Chair for four years.
Hogan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Southern Oregon University. She received the Governor’s Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science in 2010 and was runner-up for the Thomas O. Bell Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. In 2010, Hogan was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.
Hogan was involved with the pilot of the Idaho STEM Competition, a statewide competition for high school students; the i-STEM Governance Committee, which brings summer STEM professional development workshops to Idaho teachers; and the Idaho National Laboratory’s Physics Teachers Workshop, which teaches nuclear energy curriculum to nation-wide physics teachers each summer. She also serves on the Teacher Advisory Board with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project and serves as a facilitator. Hogan continued her involvement with the STEM initiatives in Idaho with a talk at the Idaho STEM Summit in May 2012. The goal of the STEM Summit was to start the development of a STEM Roadmap for the state of Idaho.
Working with colleagues, DaNel helped develop mastery learning physical science courses and a STEM Academy within Kuna High School. Students in the STEM Academy take four of their eight class periods together – mathematics, science, research and language arts. DaNel uses a variety of resources to influence her curriculum including modeling instruction and competitions like Science Olympiad, Team America Rocketry Competition, and FIRST Robotics. She utilized a Science Expo each semester to show off the independent research of students in science classes of all levels at Kuna High School. Grants from Micron, Idaho National Lab, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), and LCF Enterprises helped support DaNel’s science programs.
“I believe hands-on, inquiry and project based instruction is vital to a successful science program, which is why I strive to bring my students the richest learning experiences possible.”
Hogan is serving her second Fellowship year at the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Education and Workforce Development working on the Energy Literacy Initiative.