Barbara Finnell received her Teaching Credential at California State University, Fullerton and Masters of Science in Educational Administration degree from United States International University. While teaching in the Fullerton School District, she was named Beginning Teacher of the Year in 1996 and Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1999. She served as a BTSA site coordinator and district Science Mentor. She served for five years as the Secretary on the board of the Orange County Science Educators Association. At CSUF, Barbara served as the Assistant Graduate Coordinator for five years. Since 1999 Barbara teaches courses including Science Methods, Foundations, Teaching English Learners, Visual Performing Arts and Introduction to Teaching. She is also found presenting at many professional development conferences in the areas of classroom management, science instruction and the arts.