Faculty Profile for Dr. Carolyn Pesthy
Biography and EducationI am Carolyn Nairn-Varas-Pesthy. Puerto Rican by birth, raised in Panama, New Jersey, and San Antonio, Texas. Fully fluent in English and Spanish. Graduate of Trinity University-San Antonio, BA; SUNY-Binghamton, MS; U. of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, MS; Texas A&M, PhD. Taught high school science (Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Marine Biology & Oceanography and Spanish 1967 - 2004 in New York and Texas and served as Science Department chair at Douglas MacArthur High School 1990 - 2002. Served as Command Technologies Science Education Consultant, United States Air Force, 2000 - 2010. In 2004, I joined the faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos and am currently senior lecturer and lab coordinator of Anatomy and Physiology for the Texas State University Pre-Nursing Program.
I was a Founder and Board Member of the Challenger Learning Center, named for astronaut Christa McAuliffe. The program was an early intervention educational outreach program using space exploration to advance learning of STEM concepts among elementary and middle school students. I am a Board Member and Past President of the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Organization, and have escorted students to and judged science fairs in the USA, Slovakia, Tunisia, Chile, and Peru.
Teaching InterestsAnatomy and Physiology 1 & 11
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Meyer, T., Steuck, K., Miller, T., Pesthy, C., & Redmon, D. (1999). Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, 681 - 697, San Antonio, TX, 681–697.
- Meyer, T., Steuck, K., Miller, T., Pesthy, C., & Kretschmer, M. (1999). Proceedings of the Mathematics/Science Education & Technology, 492–495.
- West, S., & Pesthy, C. (1990). Science Lab Safety. The Science Teacher, 19(2), 20–24.
- Award / Honor Recipient: JAMP Special Projects for Program Initiatives budget for 2016-2017, Joint Admission Medical Program. 2016 - 2017
- Award / Honor Recipient: JAMP Special Projects for Program Initiatives budget for 2016-2017, Joint Admission Medical Program. 2014
- Award / Honor Recipient: JAMP Special Projects for Program Initiatives budget, Joint Admission Medical Project. 2012
- Award / Honor Recipient: Sister Joseph Marie Armer Award, Alamo Regional Association of Science and Engineering. 2000
- Award / Honor Recipient: Christa McAuliffe, Texas State Recipient. 1999
Selected Service Activities
ARASE Alamo Regional Academy of Science & Engineering
State Science Fair
International Science Fair Judge
Chile, Peru, Tunisia
Science Fair Judge