Teacher Leaders


Darby Feldwinn

Chemistry and SciTrek; UCSB


Darby is the director of the SCSP and director and founder of SciTrek. At UCSB she teaches classes in both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as Education. As director of SciTrek she is often seen in local 2nd - 6th grade classrooms helping carry out long-term science investigations. In her free time she can be found hanging out with her dogs, gardening, or corralling her chickens, turkeys, and geese.

SCSP Coordinator


Sammi Lambert

Graduate Student; UCSB


Sammi graduated with her M.A. in Chemistry and an emphasis in Chemical Education from UCSB in 2020. As her Masters project, she worked with Darby and the SciTrek program writing 6th grade curriculum and teaching science in elementary school classrooms. This past year she has been teaching high school chemistry as she earns her teaching credential. She prides herself on her TV watching abilities and enjoys making Instagram videos of her guinea pigs.

Teacher Leaders for 2021 Summer Institute


Janis Spracher

5th and 6th Grade STEM; Monte Vista Elementary School, Santa Barbara


Janis has taught for 21 years in the Hope School District and is currently the 5th/6th grade STEM teacher at Monte Vista. Her work with the Teacher Induction Program, PASC, and the UCSB Teacher Education Program has given her the opportunity to mentor and learn from many other teachers. When she is not in the classroom or thinking and talking about teaching and learning, Janis is usually devouring a book, relaxing with her family, or pampering her cats.


Kandie White

Science TOSA; Goleta Union School District, Goleta


Kandie has spent the majority of her life exploring curiosities and pursuing additional knowledge. The Goleta Union School District has been her professional home for over a decade, and she has enjoyed teaching many different grade levels in her tenure there. This past year, she temporarily transitioned into the role of a Science TOSA to help teachers in her district implement new science curriculum. In her free time, Kandie enjoys walking her dog, laughing with her daughters, and making new discoveries.

Kyla Rightmer

5th Grade; Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Santa Barbara 


Kyla has been teaching varying grades from K-8 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School for the past 15 years.  Over those years, she taught six years as the middle school math specialist, and encouraged her students to forge the connections between math and science.  She attended her first SCSP last year, and had such a positive experience.  She wants to share that positive experience and her love of learning, so joined as a teacher leader just this year. 


Laura Spracher

K-6th and Technology Integration TOSA; Hope School District, Santa Barbara 


Laura received her teaching credential from UC Davis. She taught 6th grade math and science at a middle school in Northern California before returning to her hometown of Santa Barbara. She has taught grades K-6th in the Hope School District. She was the technology integration TOSA and likes combining science and technology. In her free time she enjoys petting her cats, going for walks, and knitting.


Louka Moutarlier

Graduate Student; UCSB


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Patty Malone

5th and 5th Grade; Monte Vista Elementary School, Santa Barbara


Patty Malone has taught second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade. She enjoys dog walking, bird watching, backpacking, and reading (especially about science).


Ryan Helsel

Graduate Student; UCSB


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Rodney Lee

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Science Teacher; Marymount, Santa Barbara


Rodney Lee has served as the Lower School Math & Science Specialist at Marymount since 2007. A graduate of Occidental College, located in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles, he has over 22 years of teaching experience and a passion for on-going professional development. Previously, Rodney was a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Ivanhoe Elementary School in teh Silverlake area of Los Angeles and served as the school's 4th/5th Grade Math & Science Lead Teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was also co-coordinator for the Target Science Teacher NEtwork of K-12 Science Educators, part of the Urban Education Partnership's collaboration between UCLA and LAUSD. For teh past 17 years, Rodney has been a CSET Multiple Subjects Instructor, for LAUSD teachers, currently specializing in the areas of math and science. In 2004, he authored the math section of Kaplan's CSET Multiple Subjects test prep book. 

In his spare time, Rodney enjoys taking walks with his wife along State Street, hiking to Inspiration Point, going for road bike rides along the Santa Barbara coast, and doting on his beloved rescue dog.

Sue Johnson

Education; UCSB 


Sue has taught junior high school, high school, udergraduate and graduate students, and pre-service teachers for over fifty years. She also has had the privilege of working with wonderful in-service teachers as well. She is a self-proclaimed "science nerd" who is in constant awe of the natural world. She moved from "chilly" Wisconsin to Santa Barbara in 2007 and loves its mountains, oceans and redwoods. The amazing weather is a big plus as well.


Former Teacher Leaders