Janelle Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Teacher Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver.   After completing her Master’s degree in 2007, Janelle received her PhD in the department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies in 2011 at The University of Arizona after doing research with teachers in Guatemala and Mexico examining the outcomes of US-based capacity building.  Her work focuses on professional development with teachers towards interdisciplinary and inclusive STEM teaching and learning.  She has presented at many local, national, and international conferences and serves various educational research organizations and journals.   She is passionate about supporting community-based connections between formal and informal STEM Education, serving on the board of Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation and the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES).  She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a specialization in ESL from Northern Arizona University in 1997, then taught Math and Earth Science courses to bilingual and ESL students in Guatemala and in Arizona for eight years at elementary, middle, and high school levels.