Meet the new teachers in Pequot Lakes: Josh Borchardt
Pequot Lakes welcomes Josh Borchardt as a new teacher this year
Name: Josh Borchardt
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico, then Minneapolis
Past teaching experience/education: Two years teaching on a National Science Foundation Grant in K-12 in Fargo, ND bringing in college research projects to students, two years as a substitute teacher including receiving the "Substitute of the Year" award for charter schools in Minnesota, and this will be my third year teaching high school full time. I have a B.S. in Biology from North Dakota State University, a M.S. in Space Studies and Planetary Sciences from the University of North Dakota, and completed my teaching licensure program from the University of Minnesota, M.Ed exp 2021. This includes having internships working at NASA Ames Research Center and as a Public Policy Deputy Director for the 10-state Midwest region on NASA, Department of Defense, STEM Education, Small Business Innovative Research Grants, and Immigration policy as an advocate to Congress in Washington D.C. with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
What grade(s) or subjects do you teach: High School Biology, Biomedical Courses, and College in Schools Biology through CLC, have previously taught AP Biology and CIS Climate Science through the University of Minnesota.
Interests/hobbies: Rock climbing, SCUBA diving, reading, hunting/fishing, mountaineering, mountain biking, skateboarding, water sports - too many to count!
What are you most looking forward to at Pequot Lakes? I am most looking forward to getting to know my students and learning about them and their heritage, as well as bringing in my diverse background in industry and academia to introduce and foster a deep understanding of the nature of science and the complex relationships, failures and successes, of scientists from all around the world as part of their professional and career education. I am especially focused on bringing in (digitally) guest speakers, particularly women guest speakers, to help guide underserved and underrepresented students into careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.