Project Director

Cristina Trecha
Eastern Oregon University
Email: ctrecha at

Cristina manages the day-to-day work of the Oregon Science Project including the development and maintenance of the professional learning curriculum for the 30 learning facilitators and their 200 educators. She brings over a decade of experience developing and designing professional learning partnerships with K-12 educators, universities, museums, and districts. Her academic and professional backgrounds in entomology and history of science provide her with a nature of science focused approach to the teaching and learning of science.

From 2015-2017 she was housed in the Center for Science Education at Portland State University where she taught undergraduates and worked with a cadre of over 60 K-6 teachers from throughout Oregon as they tried on the NGSS in their classrooms. She was Director of the San Diego Science Project at UC San Diego from 2011-2014, a member of the team that designed and launched the campuswide UCSD CREATE STEM Equity Initiative in 2013, and the Director of the Fleet Inquiry Institute for Teacher Professional Development at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center from 2007-2013. She has lived and worked in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, California, and Oregon.

Principal Investigator

Donna Rainboth
Eastern Oregon University
Email: drainbot at

Donna Rainboth is an assistant professor of Education in the College of Education at EOU. She received her Master’s degree in Science Education from Oregon State University. Ms. Rainboth has been at Eastern Oregon University for 18 years. During this time she has written and received numerous grants and coordinated several grant projects focused on science and math professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. She currently teaches the secondary and elementary Science Methods courses at EOU and supervises student teachers in addition to coordinating an Engineering Design grant project and a STEM education project. Prior to her experience in higher education, she designed science curriculum and taught math and science at the middle and high school levels in Oregon and at an international school in Venezuela. In 2003 she received OSTA’s Duane Marshall Special Service Award for her involvement in Science Education.

Collaborator and Cofacilitator

Andy Byerley
Hillsboro School District

Andy Byerley is a science and math educator who is passionate about helping teachers be more confident and reflective practitioners, especially around the instructional shifts in NGSS and CCSS. An engineer turned middle school teacher, he currently serves as the High School Science and Math TOSA in the Hillsboro School District. Andy is an at-large board member of the Oregon Science Teachers Association, and also convenes a network of Oregon Science Leaders who are working to more broadly facilitate science education around Oregon. Outside of work, Andy enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, folding origami, rooting for the Timbers, and camping.

Learning Facilitator Advisor

Nicole Duncan
Greater Albany Schools

As a leader in Science Education, Nicole Duncan is a compassionate educator who is motivated by cutting-edge practices and advocates for science education for all learners in Oregon. Currently, she is a teacher on special assignment for Greater Albany Public Schools where her job responsibilities include promoting STEM opportunities for students, collaborating with teachers to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, and networking with partners across the state. As a graduate of Oregon State University with a Chemistry degree and a 3-year career as a Pharmaceutical chemist, Nicole is passionate about developing a scientifically literate society. She taught Chemistry, AP Chemistry and Physics for 11 years and incorporated her years as a pharmaceutical chemist to engage students in authentic experiences. Nicole was the recipient of a Moving Science Education Forward grant where she began her second passion of facilitating professional development and supporting teachers in their classrooms, this work was used as she became the K-6 Science Coach in North Santiam School District. Nicole volunteers her time to be a member of the Oregon Content Advisory Board, a Regional Director for the OSTA, and serves as a facilitator for the Oregon Science Project. She is dedicated to developing sustainable high-quality professional development to support all teachers in Oregon

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