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Katie Rommel-Esham

Professor of Education
South Hall 229B
Icebergs in Iceland

Dr. Rommel-Esham has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1998.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Measurement & Assessment, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • M.Ed., Mathematics Education, University of Delaware

  • B.A., Mathematics, University of Delaware


  • Award of Professor Recognition from the Academic Affairs Committee of the SUNY Geneseo Student Association, 2018

  • Drs. Carol and Michael Harter Endowment for Faculty Mentoring Award, 2017

  • President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement, 2013

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006

Selected Publications

  • Fletcher, K., Rommel-Esham, K., Farthing, D. & Sheldon, A. (2011). Generating Excitement - Transfer of Energy. Science Scope (35)4.

  • Rommel-Esham, K. (2008). How many lefties in our classroom? Science Scope, 32(1).

  • Rommel-Esham, K. (2005). Do you see what I see? An artful approach to investigating science process skills. Science and Children 43(1).

Selected Presentations

  • Promoting Equity and Learning in the Social Studies Classroom Using Virtual Field Trips (with M. Costello), International Society for the Social Studies Annual Conference, February 2019.

  • Using Virtual Field Trips to Enhance Student Learning in the Upper Elementary Mathematics Classroom, (with M. Costello), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2017 Regional Conference & Exposition, October 2017.

  • Recovering the Heart and Soul of Education: Teacher Educators in a Fractured World (with L. O’Brien), Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, Provoking “Curriculum Encounters” Conference, February 2017.

  • A Multimodal Approach to Integrative Science Education, (with M. Costello), National Science Teachers Association, November 2014.

  • POPS! The Power of Physical Science: Encouraging Girls to Study Physics and Geology (with K. Fletcher, D. Farthing, & A. Sheldon), National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership Learning Network Conference, January 2012.

Professional Affiliations

  • Council on Undergraduate Research


  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State

Research Interests

My research interests include infusing STEM concepts into literacy and social studies instruction, incorporating technology into math and science instruction, and multiliteracy approaches to STEM instruction.


  • CURR 316: Teaching Sci &Math to Children

    This course covers contemporary teaching/learning strategies for mathematics and science instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms. Instructional techniques integrate hands-on learning, manipulatives, the student's environment, functional uses of mathematics and science, and assessment strategies appropriate for all students. The focus will be on the nature of children's science and mathematics learning, the teacher as a facilitator of meaningful learning, and New York State and National Learning Standards for science, mathematics, and technology. Constructivism, the idea that individuals must build knowledge from their own experience and thought, provides an underpinning for insights into the nature of children's learning in the life and physical sciences and in mathematics. Includes field trip component.

  • EDUC 102: Welcome to the Education Major

    This is an elective introductory course for entering education majors. Related topics will be explored through discussion, workshops, and presentations and may include topics such as navigating online portfolios, using TERC library resources, exploring implications of copyright laws, and using content standards in the elementary classroom.