Member, Ruth Kermish-Allen

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Executive Director, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

Dr. Ruth Kermish-Allen is the executive director for the Maine Math and Science Alliance.  She also serves on the Maine STEM Collaborative, is a board member for the Maine Science Teachers Association, and co-coordinates the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Annual Research Symposium.  Ruth has a passion for designing and researching educational environments that empower learners with the skills, experiences, and confidence to find creative solutions to the environmental and social challenges they care about.  She has extensive experience in developing environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs based on a model incorporating 1) place-based education; 2) cutting-edge technologies; and 3) non-hierarchical learning communities (adult community members and youth working together).  Ruth received her PhD in Environmental Studies with a focus on collaborative online learning communities for citizen science at Antioch University New England and has received her M.Ed. in Science and Environmental Education from the University of Maine and her B.S. in Environmental Science from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Ruth was a high school science and math teacher on North Haven and other coastal Maine schools with an expertise in developing community-based curriculum. Her current research interests include developing strategies for incorporating citizen science into rural schools, technology-infused community environmental education models, and innovative professional development models for rural schools.  Ruth lives in Appleton on a 25 acre passive solar homestead with her two daughters and husband where they love hiking, gardening, camping, and canning.