Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Hear from Zulma Perez-Estrella about how she is introducing biotechnology and biomanufacturing to high school students, readying them for a global market.

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Meet Zulma Perez-Estrella

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Kansas City is a hub right now for biotechnology research. Our students will use this [micropipetter] if they go into the workforce as technicians, researchers or scientists. What's amazing is our students are using the tool right now in high school, instead of having that first experience on the job or in college.

Teaching

  • 9 - 12th Grade Bio+ Teacher (Biotechnology, Biomanufacturing, Cell & Molecular Biology)

Awards

  • Inaugural Recipient of KUMC's Tom Steadman Teacher-Research Opportunity Award (2017)
  • Bio-Link Summer Fellows Fellowship Award (2017)

Teacher Certification Program

    Why I Teach

    I discovered a passion for teaching when I was a freshman in college. I became a science and math educator for a local non-profit organization (Girls Inc.) that I had been a part of for many years. In my new role, I created interactive science, math and health curricula for summer camps and after-school programing. What I realized is that I had an ability and a love to help young girls deconstruct their fears about science and math, all while becoming more empowered to stay in the sciences myself.

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    • 22,000

      Students

    • 80

      Teachers

    • 46

      Schools in District

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