Mr. Tate has been a middle-school science educator for nearly ten years. In May 2002, he earned a B.S. in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a provisional teacher license from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Then, in May 2006, he also earned an M.A. in Secondary Science Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver. Mr. Tate’s classroom experiences include developing and implementing 7th grade science and S.T.E.M. elective courses, sponsoring chess, middle school science, and LEGO clubs, and overseeing the 7th grade science fair. As a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, Mr. Tate stays abreast of the newest researched-based best practices in science education.
Mr. Tate develops activities that emphasize higher-level thinking skills, hands-on inquiry, problem-solving, design, and cooperative group work whenever possible. Mr. Tate believes that, by having students "do" science in school, they are much more likely to get engaged and excited about the natural world around them.
Mr. Tate is honored to have received the following: • Colorado recipient of the 2012 “Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence” • Recipient of the Fall 2011 “Jared Polis Foundation Technology Mini-Grant” • Graduate Magna Cum Laude; The Metropolitan State College of Denver; Spring 2002 • Member of Kappa Delta Pi; Spring 2002 • Colorado Scholars Award Recipient; Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 • Edna Layton Scholarship Recipient; Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007 • The Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Presidential Scholarship Recipient; 1997-2000 • Golden Key National Honor Society; Fall 1999 to present
From 1997-2002, Mr. Tate attended the Metropolitan State College of Denver, earning a B.S. in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a Professional Teaching endorsement in secondary science from the Colorado Department of Education. Then, from 2006-present, Mr. Tate has attended the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD), earning a M.A. in Secondary Science Education in 2006. After earning his master's degree, Mr. Tate has since participated in an ongoing partnership grant between UCD and the National Science Foundation known as the "Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership" (RM-MSMSP). During this program, Mr. Tate has completed numerous courses focusing on teaching the natural sciences, and he has also been fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in the program's "Research Experience for Teachers", conducting research in the following areas (please see https://sites.google.com/site/becstatescience/mrtatesresearch for more information): Summer 2012: Spectral Deconvolution of Fluorescence Images Summer 2011: Synthesis of PC-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles Summer 2010: Study of Fauna in Microbial Fuel Cells All in all, Mr. Tate considers himself a life-long learner, constantly in search of the newest and most engaging science activities that he can develop for, and bring to, his students each and every year.
Mr. Tate is happily married to Denise Tate (a 1st grade teacher at the same school), he has two sons (Corbyn, 5 and Aaden, 3), and he is the author of the upcoming young-adult SoNaR Adventure books (www.sonarbooks.com). Mr. Tate enjoys reading, writing, playing golf, watching his sons grow and learn about the world around them, and traveling with his family. As an up and coming author, Mr. Tate is proudly represented by Ms. Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary, LLC.
English Language Arts, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Graphing, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Physical Science, Writing, Decimals, Engineering