Clarissa is passionate about science and is honored to be part of the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy family. While earning her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Arizona State University, she interned as a forensic anthropologist at the Maricopa Forensic Science Center, worked as a bioarchaeologist in Sudan and as an archeologist in South Africa.
Clarissa holds an MA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MEd from Arizona State University. As a 2013 Knowles Science Teaching Fellow, Clarissa is engaged in a five-year fellowship designed to support her becoming a master teacher to take on leadership roles improving math and science education from the classroom. She aims to make a difference in the lives of her students and to impact the school, the university, the community and the very policies driving science education in our states and in our nation.
Clarissa is the instructor for the IGCSE STEM course, the AS psychology course, and two anthropology electives. She facilitates the marine biology club and the spelling bee competition.
Aside from her interest in science and teaching, she enjoys traveling and partaking in unusual adventures, and loves spending time with her husband and their two young children.