Laurie Cleavinger, lecturer, joined the KU School of Education faculty full-time in the fall of 2010. Previously she worked as a high school science teacher at McLouth High School in McLouth, KS. Cleavinger earned her Ph.D. from Kansas State University, her M. A. from the University of Kansas, and B.S. in biology from the University of St. Mary.
Her research interests include methods of differentiating assessment and instruction, project-based instruction, and improved methods of training pre-service teachers in science education. Cleavinger was the Region 2 college representative on the board for the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science. Last spring, she spoke about the use of project-based instruction with the Next Generation Science Standards at the KATS state conference. She has been an instructor for the Kansas Department of Education Summer Academies for the last two summers.