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About Natasha Yates, MA

Natasha Yates believes respecting and honoring the dignity of every child of any age is where a school climate needs to begin. She emphasizes that exploration and enjoyment of the natural world is critical to a well-rounded childhood and imperative for a sustainable future on Earth. She earned her MA in science education from Columbia University Teachers College and is presently working towards her EdD with a focus in environmental science education, at Hamline University.  She teaches general and STEM education courses at St. Kate’s. She holds a current Minnesota life science secondary teaching license & New York biology and general science license. 


Present Assistant Professor, Education, St. Catherine University Education Department

Curriculum Vitae


2019 - Present Integrated STEM Pedagogy Curriculum - Program Development
Academic Professional Development Committee (APDC) - 249
Colleague(s): Dr. Beth Whalen
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Member, North American Association for Environmental Education
2014 - Present Member, ASCD: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
2013 - Present Board Member, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Winner of The Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing Award
  • 2020 Honorable Mention The Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing Award


  • Explorations in Earth Science
  • Earth and Space Science for Educators
  • General Methods -- Elementary
  • Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society


Present EdD, Hamline University
1989 MA, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, New York ‐ Master of Arts, Science Education
1985 BA, Beloit College ‐ Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6056