Hub Coordinators

Sherry Freehill – PALS Director &  Hub Coordinator –

Sherry Freehill has worked in science education for more than 50 years.  Her career experiences include teaching in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Colorado, and Grenada.  She was Science Facilitator for Project CONNECT, a statewide Systemic Initiative Project, in Harrison District 2, and Science Supervisor for Colorado Springs District 11.  She was named Director of Peak Area Leadership in Science in 1997.


Rebecca Hibbard – Treasurer & Hub Coordinator-

Rebecca currently teaches 7th and 8th grade Science at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High.  She earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and went on to study middle school science through the MAT program at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  As treasurer of PALS, her motto is: you can always count on numbers.  But her first love is biology and the life sciences!


Tammy Johnnie – Hub Coordinator –

Tammy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Engineering Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines in 1972. She worked for thirty years at Hewlett-Packard Company, first in the Safety, Health and Environmental Department and later as the science liaison to school districts. She worked seven years for the StepUp elementary science grant. Tammy is currently a substitute teacher for Colorado Springs School District 11.


Sandy Smith – Hub Coordinator & Web-master –

Sandy currently teaches science part-time at Falcon Homeschool Academic Program in District 49. Sandy earned her BA in chemistry from Colorado College, her teaching certificate from UCCS, and a MA in secondary science education from Adams State College. She taught high school science for 16 years at Harrison High School (D2), for 11 years at Palmer High School (D11), and for 3 years part-time at Sand Creek high school. Sandy had a wonderful experience working at BSCS for several years writing curriculum and doing professional development. She also spent 9 months with the StepUp elementary science grant working on assessment. Sandy LOVES teaching chemistry to anyone. She has enjoyed working with high school students and with science teachers from all grade levels. LEARNING is awesome and Sandy is happiest when she is learning and sharing that love of learning with others.


Terrie Watts – Hub Coordinator –

Terrie teaches AP Biology, Biology, and Forensic Science at Discovery Canyon Campus (DCC) High School in District 20. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Northern Michigan University (1985) and a Master of Science in Microbiology from Wayne State University (1991). Her teaching credentials are in secondary science education from University of Phoenix (2008). This is her ninth year teaching at the high school level and she loves it. Terrie also taught in the military –  Biological and Chemical Defense to medical soldiers while in the Army and at the middle school level at Timberview Middle School (D20). She retired from the Army in 2006. Terrie loves to travel, and from these travels she tries to bring real life events into her classroom.

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