MiT Online Talk: Transitioning to Teaching

Date: September 17, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online via RingCentral Meetings
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What's Next? Transitioning To Teaching: A Panel Discussion

Panelists: Rebecca Dodge, Sarah Edwards, Paige McCown, Lloyd Sobel

About the talk

Please join our four panelists for a discussion and guidance on transitioning from the energy industry to K-12 teaching.  Two of the panelists, who recently made the switch, will provide insights on the process and challenges of shifting to science education.  Two education experts, who train geoscientists and engineers, will provide their perspectives on effectively teaching earth science and dispelling myths about energy and the industry.

About the panelists

Rebecca L. Dodge, PhD, Emeritus Associate Professor, Kimbell School of Geosciences, Midwestern State University

Rebecca received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines; her research concerned the mapping and dating of active faults in northwest Nevada.  Her first post-grad job involved photogeologic and field mapping of active faults in Nevada and Utah for the USGS Branch of Earthquake Tectonics and Risk.  Rebecca’s move to petroleum entailed fourteen years of applying remote sensing for international exploration and environmental studies.  She has also worked with Australian Photogeological Consultants, exploring for minerals in the Andes of Chile, Argentina, and Peru.  Rebecca is a Certified Geologist within the State of Texas and a Certified Petroleum Geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).  She has served as the President of the Dallas Geological Society, President of the North Texas Geological Society, and with AAPG as a House of Delegate for 10 years as well as president for both the Energy Minerals Division and the Division of Environmental Geology.

Rebecca currently is an Emeritus Geology and Environmental Science adjunct professor at Midwestern State University.  She provides earth science training through the American Geosciences Institute, educating teachers on geospatial technology.  She also consults with textbook and online companies on the development of teaching resources.  Finally, Rebecca volunteers in K-12 classrooms through the West Texas Geological Society. 

Sarah Edwards, Teacher, Denver School of Innovation & Sustainable Design, Denver, CO

Sarah received her B.S. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2009.  While an undergraduate, she interned with Gunnison Energy, Oxy, and ConocoPhillips.  She continued at CSM for a Master’s degree in Geology, with a field-based thesis on the sequence stratigraphy of the Rollins and Williams Fork Formations in the Piceance Basin.  Sarah then moved to Houston as an operations geologist for SM Energy.  She worked with SM for a little over 8 years in three different offices, ending up in Denver, and in multiple basins and plays, including the Eagle Ford, Williston, and Permian. 

Throughout her time in industry, Sarah found a passion for STEM education outreach for kids and volunteered and led multiple events. For a number of years, she chaired RMAG’s Education Outreach Committee.  Due to staff reductions at SM Energy, she took the opportunity to begin a new career as a teacher.  In January 2020 Sarah began teaching engineering at DSISD High School in Denver, and will be teaching geology this coming spring.

Paige McCown, Education Manager, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Houston, TX

Paige McCown is a Communication and Energy Education Manager at Society of Petroleum Engineers, based in Houston. She holds a BA in Public Relations from Auburn University. She has over 20 years in the oil and gas business working in public relations, communications, and community outreach for oilfield services companies. In 2011, her passion for energy education brought her to SPE to spearhead the energy4me program. Energy4me is a STEM-based energy education program for teachers and students k-12. The goal of the program is to educate students about the opportunities for science-based careers in the industry and help dispel the myths about the industry.

Lloyd Sobel, TeacherDouglas County School District eLearning

Lloyd received his BS in geology from the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) at Binghamton, now Binghamton University, and MS in geology at the University of Cincinnati. His thesis on the Sedimentology of the Blackbird Mining District in Lemhi County, Idaho concentrated on Precambrian metasedimentary turbidites.  Noranda Mining Company sponsored this project and then hired Lloyd for field reconnaissance of stratabound cobaltite deposits.  He next worked for Pennzoil Exploration and Productionin Denver, developing oil and prospects in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.  Along the way, he earned an MBA from the University of Colorado - Denver.  After the petroleum industry downturn of the 1980's, Lloyd moved to Coors Ceramics Company, now known as CoorsTek, in Golden, spending over 30 years working on applied materials applications for ceramics and fluoropolymers.  Part of that time he was the General Manager of CoorsTek's teflon processing facility in El Segundo, CA.  Lloyd recently was hired by the Douglas County School District to teach 8th grade science at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Highlands Ranch, CO.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he is now an eLearning teacher. 

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This talk is presented by the Rocky Mountain Members in Transition (MiT), a joint effort of members of AAPG, SPE, WOGA, COGA, DWLS and RMAG.

Visit our partner website Petroleum Pivoters for a wealth of resources for displaced engineers and geoscientists.


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