As senior personnel for a National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership grant, Gabriela prepared 300 teacher leaders and administrators from 52 districts to implement inquiry-based science instruction and facilitated STEM Professional Learning Communities, Lesson Study, and Learning Labs. She continues to support educators in curriculum alignment, implementation, and effective STEM practices, and leads educator networks and a resource partner network at the AIU.
Gabriela is the Principal Investigator for STEM Packs – Supporting STEM Learning Through Literature, National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps for Learning grant. This project develops STORYTIME STEM-PACKS, an educational innovation that supports children’s librarians to engage children in STEM learning by connecting fiction and non-fiction literature to STEM concepts.
She is Co-Principal Investigator for the Pitt-Bridge, a University of Pittsburgh project that prepares underserved high school students to conduct community-based participatory research in STEM fields, with support from the Hive Fund for Connected Learning at The Sprout Fund grant and a Grable Foundation grant.
As part of the AIU Math & Science Collaborative project, Educator Corporate Collaboration on the Common Core (EC4), Gabriela plans and facilitates educators’ immersive experience in corporations, exposing them to mathematics, science and engineering practices in the workplace, and supporting them to implement the practices in the classroom.
Gabriela is one of 55 national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curators and leader of the secondary life science team, serving to evaluate resources to assemble a library of top-rated resources that support NGSS standards and science teaching.
Before coming to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Gabriela taught middle school science. She holds certification for Biology 7-12, Middle Level Science, K-12 Principal, and Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction. Gabriela earned her undergraduate and graduate degree in biology at the Free University of Berlin, and a Master of Science in Ecology from the University of California at Davis.