Jasmyne Yeldell消除了STEM教育的障碍

The UNC School of 教育 doctoral student makes science more accessible through her re电子试玩 and consulting company.

Jasmyne Yeldell standing in front of bushes with blue jacket on.

Jasmyne Yeldell’s interest in science started early in life, later sparking curiosity about how to make science education more accessible.

Now Yeldell is a third-year doctoral student in the UNC School of 教育’s culture, curriculum and teacher education concentration of the Ph.D. 教育项目. She draws on prior educational and professional experiences to guide her re电子试玩 on science education.

“I was privileged to have a mother who prioritized my interest in science by finding summer programs and other forms of science enrichment that provided a supplement to the science education I was getting in school,耶尔德尔说. “These experiences showed me what science really is — messy, 有趣的是提出问题和PG电子试玩. My mother sacrificed a lot so that I can have a high-quality education — something every child should have access to.”

At Carolina, Yeldell is part of the Science 教育 & Experiential Learning team and the I CAN PERSIST STEM Initiative, 由国家科学基金会资助. Combining these projects with her own re电子试玩 and community engagement, Yeldell aims to address disparities among students of color interested in STEM education — bridging gaps in the development of science curriculum and enhancing access to resources that empower students to thrive.

“I want to show students that they can participate in science education or careers,耶尔德尔说. “它不应该让人觉得遥不可及. I want my re电子试玩 to prove that science is fun and helps us understand the world around us, 让它成为每个人都能访问的东西.”


After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Miami in 2018, Yeldell spent a year with AmeriCorps in the Washington, D.C.这是我第一次走进教室.

Yeldell loved the classroom experience and connecting with her students. However, she became aware of systemic challenges students face. 这促使她开始探索教育政策, aiming to discover solutions from both global and local perspectives — leading her to graduate from Vanderbilt University with a master’s degree focused on international education policy management.

“My undergraduate science education made me question if I belonged in science – or if I was smart enough to be in school at all,耶尔德尔说. “Inequitable systems sort of took all the love and interest I had in science and erased it. I fell in love with science again during my master’s program, where the shift from international professional goals due to COVID led me to focus on science education and how it can be improved for all learners.”

耶尔德尔于2021年加入了该校的博士项目, driven by a passion to enhance her skills in curriculum development and STEM education and aiming to explore the customization of curriculum to support students and school communities.

The disparities in access she saw led Yeldell to create Access Science, an educational consulting company focused on supporting children’s science education, including tutoring and crafting engaging STEM activities.

She has paused her work with Access Science until she graduates, when she plans to relaunch the company and expand her services to schools and school districts.

“My inspiration stems from a desire to reshape these narratives, affirming that women of color can not only participate but thrive in science and STEM,耶尔德尔说. “I’m committed to fostering an inclusive environment where everyone, 不分性别和种族, 能踏进科学的领域吗.”

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