Stephanie Ruzicka

Stephanie Ruzicka

Year: 2009, 2010

School: John Horner Junior High

Location of school: Fremont, CA

Company: Stanford University

Subject: Science

Outcomes: During my Fellowships at Stanford University I attended research lectures that I have shared with my students each year.


I have taught 7th grade life science, 8th grade physical science, and AVID at Horner Junior High for the past 14 years. I have been a Fellow for 4 summers and a Coach for 4 summers.

The Fellowship

As a Fellow, the insights I have gained within the professional and university science community have given me new curriculum ideas and teaching concepts to share with my students. In addition, the networking opportunities that Ignited has provided for teachers throughout the Bay Area have given me connections that I have accessed throughout each school year.


The students in my classes have experienced curriculum that introduces them to what Life Cycle Assessment is and how it applies to the engineering field. This is curriculum I have utilized and modified each school year since my fellowships. It ties in very well with the engineering focus of Next Generation Science Standards.