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Kim Klinke

Kim has worked as an advocate for inquiry-based science teaching and learning for nearly two decades. She began her career as a classroom science teacher in Bellevue Public Schools. While teaching, she worked with the University of Washington´s department of Molecular Biotechnology to co-develop a teacher institute that provided foundation and vision for the NSF-funded Middle School Science Systemic Change Partnership. Since 1996, Kim has been disseminating teaching tools for inquiry science developed in this program though regional and national professional development experiences. Kim is the recipient of the 1991 Regional Science Teacher of the Year award from the Washington Science Teachers´ Association and was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 1994.

Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and an M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Washington. Since leaving full-time teaching to be at home with her two sons, Kim continues to champion inquiry science as a volunteer teacher in her children´s classrooms, through service on school district committees and as a science education consultant.