pselly01@hamline.edu

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Patty Born
pselly01@hamline.edu
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST OFFICE

Patty Born

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Patty Born
pselly01@hamline.edu
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST OFFICE

Biography

Patty Born-Selly got her Master of Arts in Education from Hamline and is currently enrolled in the Hamline doctoral program. She is the author of two books about environmental and science education for teachers who work with young children. She is the former executive director of the National Center for STEM elementary education at Saint Catherine University. In that capacity, Patty helped teachers create strong connections between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For 10 years, Patty has operated a science and nature education consulting business, Small Wonders, serving schools through environmental and science curriculum development, grant writing assistance, and professional development for teachers. Her clients have included public and private schools, government agencies, and non profit organizations. Throughout her career, Patty has taught in early childhood and elementary settings, and has served as a naturalist-in-residence as well as a science specialist. For many years, she worked as an environmental educator for parks and nature centers, serving children and adults of all ages, and for several years, she was an instructor and outreach specialist for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She loves to help people see 'the nature in STEM and the STEM in nature' Patty is also particularly interested in increasing the opportunities for high-quality STEM and environmental education in underserved communities.

Patty has presented at numerous national and local conferences on STEM and children's development, nature play, and environmental education.

Her scholarly interests include the relationships between children and animals, the connections between young children's nature experiences and later academic outcomes in STEM disciplines, and finally, the role of nature in the spiritual lives of young children.

Teaching Style

Patty strives to create strong, thriving communities of learners, whether in face-to-face or online contexts. She believes that each student brings his or her own strengths and expertise to the classroom setting, and her job is to help nurture those qualities while supporting every student's growth. Through inquiry and hands-on experience, Patty aims to help students experience the joy and wonder of science and environmental education while also promoting deep intellectual curiosity and rigor. Reflection is of utmost importance, she believes, particularly in the field of environmental and science education.

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