Laura Pottmeyer is a Senior Research Associate at the Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX). At JEX, Laura manages both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She leads a team of research associates in the development of coding schemes for both survey response and focus group data.
Prior to joining JEX, Laura received her Ph.D. in Science Education from the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Her dissertation work focused on training pre-service science teachers on how to incorporate engineering design into their science classrooms. She also examined how high school students respond to engineering design integrated science instruction. Additional research projects include inquiry based instruction in undergraduate science lab courses and measuring chemistry teacher assistants’ topic specific pedagogical content knowledge. Her research has been influenced by her experience as a high school biology and Earth science teacher in North Carolina.
While at the University of Virginia, Laura taught several science methods and teacher preparation courses. Out in the local schools, Laura supervised student teachers during their field experiences. She has supported UVa’s pre-service teachers outside the classroom through co-authoring practitioner articles with them and assisting the teachers in presenting at the annual Virginia Association of Science Teachers conference.