McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
Ivanna is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, with a Bachelor's degree in Educational Studies, and of the University of Florida, with a Master's Degree in Agricultural Education. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education at Florida State University, where her research interests center around urban agriculture as a meaningful context for youth development and agri-scientific learning.
Additionally, Ivanna works as the Executive Director of the Palmer Munroe Teen Center for the City of Tallahassee. The Teen Center serves as a central site for much of Ivanna's research, as it offers a unique blend of educational classes, workshops, programs and recreation activities for youth. As an informal learning setting, the Teen Center is able to provide experiential and student-centered learning opportunities. These type of experiences are recognized as critical in the current science education research because they help students develop an identity as competent learners of science with motivation and interest to learn more. As students engage in the Teen Center's garden, robotics club, video game development classes and other fun opportunities, they gain skills that support both their academic success, and development as citizens who possess confidence, ability, and inclination to continue learning about issues, scientific and otherwise, that affect their lives and communities.