Michael Thibodeau

Adjunct Professor

Michael Thibodeau

Mike Thibodeau teaches in the M.Ed. in Science in Education online program. He has been a science educator at the middle school, high school, and college levels for many years. In 1991, he was selected to participate in the Teacher Research Associates Program and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working on the Hayward Fault Trench Project, and later mentored other teachers in the program.

He has also been coordinator of the Academies Creating Teacher Scientists Program, a research program for in-service teachers supported by the US Department of Energy's Office of Science. He was honored by that department in 2004 with an "Outstanding Service as Master Teacher with the Pre-Service Teacher Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory" award, and has also received the Tandy Technology Scholars Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Mike is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, and the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Education

BA in Secondary Education, University of Maine Presque Isle
MS in Natural Science with an Earth Science concentration, University of Oklahoma 

Selected Presentations

  • Presenter at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education: “Try Science’s Blue Ice Experiment”. San Francisco, CA (March 2011)
  • Presenter at the Science Education Directors Meeting, U.S. Department of Energy: “Creating the Greatest Professional Development Impact across Participants with Different Levels of Science Competencies: A Case Study’. Washington, DC (September, 2007).

Awards

University of Maine at Presque Isle's 2013 Distinguished Educator Award, presented to an alumnus/alumna who has received ongoing recognition as an outstanding educator. 

Inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators, to honor his career in science education (2013).