Sandra Lynn Yarema

Sandra Lynn Yarema
Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator-Science Teacher Education, Regional Director SE Mi Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
283 Education

Office Hours:  By Appointment
          Appointments made during scheduled times by the secretary (313) 577- 1743.  Alternate times may be scheduled directly by email.


  • PhD Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education- Wayne State University 2015 
  • Master of Science Education- Lawrence Technological University 1999
  • Bachelor of Science- Elementary Education- Oakland University 1984
  • State of Michigan, Continuing Certificate (DX- Integrated Science Grades k-9), Grades K- 8 all subjects, granted 1997.


Currently Clinical Assistant Professor for Science Teacher Education ;

Previous 20 years experience, MI certified teacher, middle grades 5 - 8, science, reproductive health, mathematics, language arts. 

Coached  Regional Science Olympiad team to  competition in state finals,  Coached Robofest- middle school robotics  world wide competition, Sponsored Regional ( Science & Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit) entrants.

Memberships and  active associations:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association of Science Teacher Educators
  • Detroit Area Council Teachers of Mathematics
  • Metro-Detroit Area Science Teachers Association
  • Michigan Science Education Leaders Association
  • Michigan Science Teachers Association- Board of Directors, Conference Co-chair
  • National Association Research in Science Teaching
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Society of College Science Teachers- State membership chair


  • Instructing Courses Science Teacher Education
  • Program Coordinator for Science Teacher Education
  • Regional Director for South East Michigan Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Academic Interests

  • Science Curriculum & Instruction
  • Science Teacher Education
  • Nature of Science
  • Strategies for best practice in science teacher education

Area Of Expertise

  • Science Education Best Practices
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

Research Interests

 Co-Investigator for FACTs & Careers: A Scalable Place-Based Educational Program at a Public Aquarium to Increase STEM Career Choices, NSF funded research project involving Detroit Public Community School District teachers and students and the Belle Isle Aquarium.


Courses Taught

  • Science Curriculum, PreK -8 Elementary
  • Biology for Elementary & Middle School Teachers
  • Physical Science for Elementary & Middle School Teachers
  • Foundations of Teaching & Learning (Graduate seminar)

Community Engagement Activities

  • Instructor for TeachDETROIT
  • Regional Director for SE MI Junior Science & Humanities Symposium


Awarded best poster for session- Lawrence Technological University Center for Teaching and Learning: Math Foundations- Development of Math Skills review for Science Teacher Education

Helen F. GIlbert Endowed Scholarship awarded for the 2008-2009 school year

COE Faculty Leadership Award 2009-2010

Gary Murphy & B.C Cabangbang Endowed Scholarship for 2010 - 2011 School Year

COE Dean's Scholarship for Development of Math and Science Education for 2011- 2012 school year

Hubert and Elsie Watson Scholarship from the College of Education Winter 2011



Understanding and Applying Levels of Inquiry in the Science Classroom
Sandra Yarema 3 2014 Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference

Challenge: Create and Present an Interactive Science Course Online
*Yarema, Sandra*, Rands, Marilyn 4 2012 National Science Teachers Association Conference

Implementation of the Common Knowledge Construction Model for Teaching and Learning: A Case Study
*Yarema. S.* 1 2010 ASTE 2010 International Conference in Sacramento, CA


A community partnership in an effort to leave no child inside
Ferreira, M. M., Grueber, D., &* Yarema, S. * 6 2012 School Community Journal 22(1)

Learning Science in Cultural Context: Resources from a Schoolyard Hike
Grueber, D., *Yarema, S.*, & Ferreira, M.M. 1 2014 Science and Children 51(1)

Molecular Modeling: Role Play
*Yarema, S* 11 2013 MSTA Newsletter 65(4)

Scientific Practice in Schools: Understanding and Applying Levels of Inquiry
*Yarema, S.* 7 2014 MSTA Journal 59(1)