My name is Mrs. Barbara Cushing and I am honored to be at SSA Middle School/High School.  This will be my third year at SSA Tucson.  I am teaching 6th grade Earth Science, and High School Advanced Placement Environmental Science.

I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Statistics and Computer Science, and a Master’s of Science degree in Education.

A little bit about me: I am married, and have two children.  My daughter lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters, and my son is a sophmore majoring in Physics at the University of Arizona.  My husband is the software team scientist/manager at Steward Observatory at the UofA, working on the Large Binocular Telescope (the largest terrestrial telescope in the world).

I have been blessed in my academic and professional life, as my experiences range from the typical to the extraordinary!  I have had the unique opportunity to work in several exciting fields --  as a soldier; a Mars Researcher at the US Geological Survey’s Astrogeologic Division; a Computer Scientist for the US Navy; a Scientific Satellite Planner at the University of Alaska; an Ice Researcher in the Antarctic on board an icebreaker for the Geophysical Institute and National Science Foundation, and a Space Science Educator with NASA’s Challenger Learning Center.

I was selected to join the Arizona Center of STEM Teachers (ACST), as an Associate Lead Teacher.  (STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.)  Because of my work with ACST, I work at  Biosphere 2 as an educator.  ACST spearheads teacher professional development in the STEM fields, and puts on Fall and Spring short courses, as well as a 2-week Summer Institute in residence -- living and working at the Biosphere.

As you can probably tell, science is my passion, and I hope to instill that love of discovery in my students as well.

Arizona Center for ACST Teachers --  Lead Teachers