Image: ASC Instructor Diane McBeeDiane McBee has taught for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Soldotna, Alaska, for twenty years. Prior to that she worked seasonally as a fisheries biologist and as a middle school tutor for nine years. Currently, she is teaching kindergarten and sponsors a science club for girls in fourth through sixth grades.

A fellow of the Alaska Science Consortium since 1993, McBee has taught for the Alaska Science Consortium for the past eight years. She has received training from the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute for Astrophysics, worked with the Challenger Learning Center, and received the Presidential Award for teaching science in 2002. In 2006, she earned her National Board Certification in early childhood education.

McBee credits her father Richard Hallmark as being the most influential teacher in her life. Even though he was one of her high school science teachers, the greatest impact he made was when she was in grade school. As a college student working toward his undergraduate degree and teacher certification, he would take McBee and her siblings with him when he went rock hounding. McBee remembers the first tarantula he caught on one of their many trips. At first, McBee was scared of the spider, but quickly became fascinated as her father shared his discovery. She credits her father for developing her love of science and her desire to share that love with the students she teaches.

McBee has lived in Alaska since 1967 and is Alaska educated. She graduated from Kenai Central High School, obtained her bachelors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her masters from Alaska Pacific University. Besides science, activities Diane enjoys include fishing, reading, sewing, working with her horse, and collecting fossils with her husband.Alaska Science Consortium Logo

McBee has participated in STEP instruction in 2007 and 2008.