About Dr. Merrie Koester
After ten years of teaching science and looking for a tie to language arts, I have found the best books imaginable!
D.Epps,Teacher, Lake Jackson, TN
With twenty-ﬁve years teaching experience, author and educator, Merrie Koester, Ph.D, is motivating elementary and middle school students to read, enjoy, and actively DO science. The Agnes Pﬂumm series of science education novels are the product of decades of academic research, writing, and curriculum development on teaching STEM through the Arts (or STE[A]M). These novels are also the cornerstone of Read for Science Publishing, founded by Dr. Koester for the purpose of bringing students to science through reading, while at the same time improving students’ science literacy and science process skills. Teachers nationwide are using her novels to incorporate more reading, reﬂective writing, critical thinking, drawing, and other creative arts into their science curricula. Enthusiastic students ﬁnd that the Agnes Pﬂumm novels make both science and reading engaging and fun.
Dr. Koester, a Charleston, SC native, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University, completed her master’s degree at University of Hawaii, Manoa and her doctorate at the University of South Carolina. She is adjunct professor of science education at the College of Charleston and director of the Project Draw for Science action research initiative at the University of South Carolina, her book about which is called Science Teachers Who Draw: The Red Is Always There. To join this teacher community, go to https://www.facebook.com/scienceteacherswhodraw .