Teaching Channel Talks 57: Three Things The Science Lady Wants Every Admin to Know

July 20, 2022 / by Teaching Channel

This week on Teaching Channel Talks, our host Dr. Wendy Amato is joined by The Science Lady, Kathy Renfrew, to discuss how science learning provides experience for reading and writing, as well as the importance of shifting the instructional focus away from test results. As a renowned science educator, Kathy offers exceptional insight on how administrators and other teachers can support science teachers and reminds us all that it is a right for students to be taught science—not a privilege!

Our Guest

RenfrePFPKnown as "The Science Lady," Kathy Renfrew is an experienced elementary teacher who has held many roles in her career. Currently, Kathy is an education specialist for the Wade Institute for Science Education, a virtual coach for Sibme, an EdReports reviewer, and more. Kathy is a vocal advocate of the need for quality science instruction in elementary classrooms.  She followed her undergraduate degree in Human Development with a MEd in Professional Teaching and a MS in K–8 Science Education. Kathy was a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a Presidential Awardee in Elementary Science.

Our Host


Dr. Wendy Amato earned her Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She holds an MBA from James Madison University. Wendy began teaching in 1991, has served as a Middle School Administrator, and still teaches at UVA’s School of Education. She has delivered teacher professional development workshops and student leadership workshops in the US and internationally. Wendy and her family live near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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