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Natalie D.

Rasmussen, PhD
115 Hampshire Ave. N. Golden Valley, MN 55427
Ed.S. (2015) Minnesota State University, Mankato, Educational Leadership
Ph.D. (2006) University of Minnesota, Science Education
Dissertation: African American Advanced Placement Chemistry Students and Their Developing Study Habits A
Phenomenologically-Based Interpretive Study. Advisor: Frances Lawrenz.
M.Ed. (1998) Saint Marys University of Minnesota, Teaching and Learning
Thesis: Self-Directed Learning in Secondary Science Classrooms.
B.S. (1990) University of Minnesota, Life Science Education
Additional Training and Certification
International Baccalaureate Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Physical Science Endorsement
Superintendent (expected July, 2016)
Principal K-12
Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics) 9-12
Life Science 7-12
Employment Experience
2015 Present Assistant Principal, North Community High School, Minneapolis, MN
Responsible for 9th and 10th grade teams
Oversee Math, Science and Elective staff and courses
Plan and execute the launch of North STEM Academy for SY 2016-2017
2014 2015

Aspiring Transformational Principal Intern, Andersen United Community School, Minneapolis, MN

Responsible for grades 5 & 8 staff, and PK-8 science staff and curriculum
Managed safety and security teams and procedures
Established a Racial Equity Team

2011 2014

PK-12 Science Department Chair, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN

Taught two sections of 10th grade chemistry
Implemented science curriculum PK-12
Hired, developed, and evaluated 6-12 science faculty.

2010 2011

Science Teacher and MS Cornerstone Director, The Blake School, Hopkins, MN

Taught four sections of 8th grade science.
Created an alliance of students and families of color specifically for the Middle School.

2000 2010

Chair, Science Department, North Community High School, Minneapolis, MN

Responsible for interviewing, hiring and mentoring new science staff.
Operated and maintained science department budget.
Conducted monthly science department meetings focused on student achievement, 9-12 curricular
alignment and professional development.

2009 Present Adjunct Professor, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Advanced educational theory and practice instructor for graduate students.
Methods instructor for secondary pre-service teachers.
Emphasized strategies and techniques for closing the racial equity gap.

1990 2010

Teacher, North Community High School, Minneapolis, MN

Taught AP Chemistry, General Chemistry, Biology, 9th Grade Science Foundations, Special Education
Provided a caring yet academically rigorous atmosphere to a diverse population of students. Made
accommodations for a wide range of students from Special Education, to English Language Learners,
to Gifted and Talented.

1997 2001

Facilitator, Institute for Multicultural Connections, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Taught summer institutes for high school students interested in pursuing a teaching career.

1987 1990

Land OLakes, Inc., Research and Development Technologist, Arden Hills, MN

Assisted in design, development and test packaging for frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable food

1984 1987

The Pillsbury Company, Research and Development Technologist, Minneapolis, MN

Tested packaging design for frozen and microwavable food products.

Related Experience
Test Writer, Data Recognition Corporation, Plymouth, MN
Wrote and evaluated high-stakes science test questions for the state of Pennsylvania.
District Science Facilitator, Minneapolis Public Schools, Institute for Learning & Disciplinary Literacy
Conducted trainings for Minneapolis Public Schools secondary science teachers to embed rigor and real-world
application while increasing student engagement and achievement.
District Professional Development, Minneapolis Public Schools
Presented several professional development workshops for faculty.
District Coach/Mentor, Minneapolis Public Schools
Provided support and training for probationary science teachers.
Faculty Council, North High School, Minneapolis, MN
Represented the science department in school-wide decisions involving the development and implementation of
policy, curriculum choices and staffing.
Educational Board Membership
2014 Present STEM Education Advisory Board, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Provide perspective, innovation, and leadership. Serve as a conduit between theory and practice in an
urban setting.
2010 - 2013

MN P-20 Education Partnership STEM Achievement Gap Strategic Plan Committee

Research existing and possible solutions for closing Minnesotas achievement gap particularly as it
pertains to science, technology, engineering and math.

2008 - Present Deans Advisory Board, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
Provide perspective and leadership to the Dean regarding the relationship between the College of
Education and Human Development and K-12 education in urban settings.
2007 - Present Advisory Board, ChemCAL/PhASE Program, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Serve as a curriculum developer and a teacher evaluator for licensed life science or Earth science teachers
wishing to pursue additional licensure in chemistry and physics.
2007 - 2010

Advisory Board, EdTrac Program, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

A consultant to the educational licensure program regarding program offerings and also a liaison between
the College and Minneapolis Public Schools to recruit students wishing to pursue a career in teaching.

Professional Awards and Honors

Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. (2015).
Presidents Circle for Outstanding Faculty, Metropolitan State University (2013, 2014, 2015).
William Gardner PK-12 Outstanding Educator Award, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human
Development. (2010).
Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. (2003).
Whos Who Among Americas Teachers. (2006, 2004, 2002, 2000,1998).
Finalist, Minneapolis Teacher of the Year. (1998).
Can We Get a Win-Win? Minnesota State University Mankato. April 2016. Conference Presentation
The Kids are Just Fine Missing Voices Conference. Minneapolis, MN. February 2015. Conference Presentation.
Micro-aggressions in Science Education Chem4All, Hamline University. St. Paul, MN. July 2012. Keynote Address.
Training Pre-Service Urban Teachers, Augsburg College. Minneapolis, MN. February 2011. Panelist.
Overcoming Barriers to Closing the Achievement Gap, American Association of University Women. Minneapolis, MN.
January 2011. Keynote Address.
First Generation College Students: Promoting Their Success in the Classroom, Minnesota Career College Association.
St. Paul, MN. October 2010. Conference Presentation.
Acquiring Additional Science Licensures A Minnesota Necessity, Hamline University. ChemCAL and PhASE Summer
Institute. St. Paul, MN. July 2010. Keynote Address.
Testified for education reform as a means to close the Minnesota achievement gap. K-12 Education Policy Legislators.
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, MN. February 2010.
The Achievement Gap: Poverty vs. Performance, 4th Annual TIMSS Policymaker Briefing. St. Paul, MN. February
2010. Conference presentation.
Factors Contributing to the Science Achievement Gap, SciMathMN. St. Paul, MN. February 2010. Conference
Nurturing the Creative Element Through Integration of Art and Science, African-American Academy of Accelerated
Learning Conference. December 2009. Conference Presentation.
What it Means to Teach on the Diagonal: Science Content, Process and Affective Skill, Institute for Learning &
Disciplinary Literacy. Houston, TX, November 2009. Panelist.
Teachers Creating an Atmosphere of Achievement, Professionalism in Practice Conference. University of Minnesota,
June 2008. Conference Presentation.
Embedding Rigor into Existing Science Curriculum, Institute for Learning & Disciplinary Literacy, University of
Pittsburgh, PA. April 2008. Panelist.

Closing the Study Gap, Concordia University Multicultural Education Conference. St. Paul, MN. January 2007.
Keynote Address.
Addressing Educational Disparities Along Racial Lines, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast. Minneapolis
Community and Technical College, January 2004. Keynote Address.
Diversity: Gearing up for Change, Mahtomedi Public Schools Professional Development Day. November 2003.
Keynote Address.
Extra-Curricular Experience
Varsity Head Coach, North High School Girls Softball, Asst. Coach, North High School Girls Volleyball
Personal Information
Married 28 years to Ward. Mother of Elise (25) and Ethan (23).
Voice-over actor for local, regional and national radio and television commercials and documentaries.
On-camera actor for local, regional and national corporate trainings and television commercials.
Professional vocalist specializing in jazz, R&B, and gospel music. Performs and records with local and national artists.