Elementary Science Specialist Program

All fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in the Irvine Unified School District receive 120 minutes of hands-on science instruction each week. An additional 60 minutes of science instruction is provided by each child's classroom teacher. This program is unique among Orange County school districts!

This comprehensive science program includes a balanced curriculum of Earth & Space Sciences, Life, and Physical Science. Additionally, all students learn science through the lens of the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts. Students in 6th grade are required to complete a Science Fair Project as part of their culminating year in our three-year program.

The IUSD Elementary Science Specialist Program is funded by the Donald Bren Foundation and reflects the priority that the Irvine Community and Board of Education place on elementary science education. This partnership ensures that the IUSD Elementary Science Specialist Program is one of the best in the state of California and the nation.

In 1987 the Elementary Science Specialist Program received the Ohaus Award for Innovation in Elementary Science Teaching from the National Science Teachers Association.

About the People

STEM Director: Kristen Winn

Science Coordinator: Lisa Gordon

Elementary Science TOSA: Meg Vanek

Science Specialist 1st School 2nd School
Darcy Angel Meadow Park  
Vicky Anthony Westpark  
Kelly Banks Stone Creek Springbrook
Ann Bennett Turtle Rock  
Brian Cady Brywood  
Kim Cashin Vista Verde  
Danielle De Frank Woodbury  
Helen de la Maza Culverdale  
Sumer Dakak Turtle Rock Woodbury
Alison Garza Greentree Beacon Park
Stacie Grooters Culverdale  
Dan Grub Deerfield  
Shannon Hayes Stone Creek College Park
Kristopher Hull College Park  
Lauren Le Blanc Eastshore  
Katy Leishman Alderwood  
Grace Linfield Springbrook University Park
Jessica Lingenfelter Portola Springs  
Karen Lund Northwood  
Joie Mack Oak Creek  
Brandynn Martin Eastshore Stonegate
Chuck Nelson Bonita Canyon Beacon Park
Jennifer Parrino Greentree Santiago Hills
Bettina Pierce Plaza Vista Vista Verde
Allison Rolfe Canyon View  
Samantha Scott Portola Springs  
Megan Seager Alderwood  
Annette Shoemaker Santiago Hills  
Robin Van Vorhis Cypress Village  
Everett Yee University Park Oak Creek

Links to our favorite science sites......

Coming soon!