Curriculum Developers

Kathryn Applegate

Kathryn Applegate is Resources Editor at BioLogos. While working on her PhD in computational cell biology at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA), she felt a strong sense of calling to help build bridges between the church and the scientific community. In 2010, she joined the BioLogos staff where she has the privilege of writing, speaking, and working with a wide variety of scholars and educators to develop new resources aimed at science/faith integration. Kathryn co-edited with Jim Stump How I Changed My Mind About Evolution (InterVarsity Press, 2016) and curates the BioLogos Common Questions. As Project Leader for INTEGRATE, Kathryn is excited about the potential for BioLogos to equip parents and teachers to raise up the next generation of Christian students who approach science with wonder, curiosity, perseverance, and wisdom. Kathryn, her husband Brent, and their two young children live in Grand Rapids, MI, where they are helping to plant a new Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) church.

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Sarah Bodbyl Roels

Sarah Bodbyl Roels is a faculty developer at the Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, Colorado School of Mines. She is passionate about helping instructors at all levels improve effective classroom teaching and learning. Through her six year position as a senior scientist at Michigan State University, Sarah gained extensive experience developing curriculum modules, managing teacher networks and professional development, running workshops, collecting data in the classroom, and creating classroom media. Sarah received a doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas, where she studied mating system evolution, behavioral ecology, and conservation. Sarah speaks often to university, church, and campus ministry groups about science and faith topics and is a member of the BioLogos Voices speakers bureau. She and her husband Steve, also a scientist, are active in their church. They are avid birders and their family includes a horse, a pony, a dog, and numerous chickens.

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Christy Hemphill

Christy Hemphill and her husband Aaron work as linguistic consultants on a minority language development and Scripture translation project in southern Mexico where she has been homeschooling her three children for eight years. Since 2015, she has served as a moderator on the BioLogos discussion forum, listening to arguments, questions, and concerns from people all over the spectrum of origins beliefs. Prior to her work in Mexico, she taught for eight years at the high school, college, and adult education levels, and worked for two years in the museum education department of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Christy has bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and French from Wheaton College, a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Old Dominion University, and a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics/Bible Translation from the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics at Dallas International University. She is a member of a Converge (Baptist General Conference) church and was involved in the missions committee, women’s ministry, and youth ministry before moving out of the country.

BioLogos articles by Christy

April Maskiewicz Cordero

April Maskiewicz Cordero is Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University where she teaches courses in ecology, conservation, research methodology, evolution, and science education. With her rich experience base in the Christian college setting, April has developed sensitive and effective ways of introducing and exploring issues that evoke controversy among Christian science students. She has been active in several professional development projects with schoolteachers and university biology faculty and was one of four professors coordinating the PLNU/BioLogos “Biology by the Sea” Christian school teacher program. April is a member of the BioLogos Voices speakers bureau. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, San Diego; a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of California, San Diego; and a doctorate in Mathematics and Science Education from San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego. April was a high school biology teacher in the 1990’s for nine years before returning to college for her doctorate. She adores spending time with her two married sons and daughter-in-laws.

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Diane Sweeney

Diane Sweeney is a veteran instructor and curriculum writer with over 30 years of experience in education. She is currently a biology instructor and the science department chair at Sacred Heart Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to that she taught AP Biology and biotechnology at Punahou School in Honolulu. It was while teaching there that she received a grant to produce a video series for high school students, Author of Life, encouraging youth to explore faith and science questions. She has taught AP biology, biology, physiology, and chemistry for 17 years at Crystal Springs Uplands School, a top private prep school in the Bay Area. She wrote a lab manual and contributed to the teacher’s edition for a textbook program with the late Neil Campbell (Biology Exploring Life, Campbell, Williamson, Heyden Pearson 2009). Diane received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside and an master’s degree in education from Stanford University.

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Kendra Terpstra

Kendra Terpstra is a homeschool teacher with 15+ years of experience in education. She earned her degrees in Secondary Education, English and History at Central Michigan University and began her career teaching at a large urban high school in Michigan. For the past seven years, Kendra has homeschooled her three children ages 14, 12, and 10 which has involved researching the varying curriculum options and approaches as well as modifying and supplementing curriculum to fit the needs of her children. In addition to her teaching experience, Kendra has worked on a variety of curriculum development projects, including the rewriting of the 9-12 Language Arts program in the district where she taught, as well as developing, writing and teaching the Senior Communications curriculum.  She also consulted for a national Christian youth ministry on the development of a new experience-based gap year program. Kendra joined the INTEGRATE project because she is passionate about providing parents, teachers and students with quality science and faith curriculum. She looks forward to using the INTEGRATE supplement with her children in the coming years.

BioLogos articles by Kendra