Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Science Education, University of Florida
M.Ed., Special Education, University of Florida
B.S., Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, specializing in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida
K-12 science education with an emphasis on middle grades science experiences, advancing African-American girls in STEM education, community-based informal science education programs, and the role of curriculum in fostering equity in science teaching and learning.
Natalie King is an assistant professor of science education in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Middle and Secondary Education. Her scholarly work focuses on K-12 science education with an emphasis on middle grades science experiences, advancing African-American girls in STEM education, community-based informal science education programs and the role of curriculum in fostering equity in science teaching and learning.
King received a B.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (specializing in Exercise Physiology), a M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (specializing in science education) from the University of Florida, where she was the recipient of the College of Education’s and University of Florida’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards. She also received the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s Florida Achievement Award for her commitment to improving the lives of Florida women by serving as a positive role model for women and girls in her community.
King was formerly the science education project associate for the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant – University of Florida Unites Teachers to Reform Education in Science (U-FUTuRES) and co-PI for a National Science Foundation I-Corps L project, U-FUTuRES: Preparing a New Generation of Middle Grades Science Teacher Leaders. As a previous high school science teacher, she is passionate about preparing students from underrepresented populations to enter careers within the STEM disciplines and founded the Fostering Opportunities and Cultivating Upstanding Students (FOCUS) summer program, a community-based informal STEM program for K-12 students that provides a comprehensive curriculum embracing students’ cultural experiences preparing them to become productive and critically-conscious citizens. In 2014, King expanded the FOCUS summer program into a year-round tutoring program called FOCUS CARES – College Attainment and Readiness Enrichment Services. Her work is published in the “New International Race and Education” book series, Urban Education Research and Policy Annuals, and the Middle Grades Research Journal.