Ms. Battig earned a B.S. Marine Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the California State University at Long Beach. She spent a few years in an industrial lab as an analytical chemist before focusing on the business side of science for almost a decade in technical sales. Having taught everything from swimming to music to science and math in non-traditional settings since age 15, Ms. Battig finally opted to begin teaching Chemistry in the High School classroom in 2005 as an intern while pursuing her credential at California State University, Long Beach. In 2007, at the time of her certification, she was awarded the Outstanding Student Teacher of 2007 by the CSU Long Beach Science Education department. She currently teaches Chemistry and AP Environmental Science at Fountain Valley High School. Since her time in the analytical lab testing EPA standards for air quality, Ms. Battig has had a distinct interest in research in the Environmental Sciences. Along these lines, she participated in a previous HHMI opportunity in summer 2010 working under Dr. Madeline Rasche supporting the investigation of the effects of mutations in the genome of a methane producing Archaea.
This deep desire for continued opportunities to research prompted application to the Environmental Studies Masters’ program at Fullerton in 2011. Her thesis project was titled “An Education Kit Elucidating the Connections Between Sanitation, Hygiene and Disease” and was completed in May 2015. The focus of the project was the development and testing of a hands-on education program to be paired with clean water technologies delivered to developing nations. This program is delivered to the end-users and is designed to improve understanding of the need for clean water.
With Ms. Battig’s main focus being advancing the research competency of her high school students, she has continually pursued other activities in line with this ideology. She fought for the chance to develop the AP Environmental Science program at Fountain Valley High School in 2008, incorporating a semester long mandatory field research component with a follow up presentation. She has also continually pursued related professional growth opportunities including the SCAQMD sponsored Clean Air Challenge in 2009, the AirUCI Teacher Workshop in Environmental Chemistry, working in the lab alongside doctoral and post doctoral researchers at the University of California at Irvine in the summer of 2009, and the CSU Northridge sponsored Nanotechnology seminar in 2014.
In the spring of 2015, she received the honor of a second acceptance to the HHMI summer research program. Working now in the lab of Dr. Christopher Meyer, she supports the deeper understanding of ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase, the enzyme that catalyzes the rate-limiting reaction in starch and glycogen biosynthesis.