Masters Degree: Masters of Arts in Teaching
Biological Science, Zoology
Miami University of Ohio
Graduated: December 2016
Bachelor’s Degree: Major- Anthropology; Minor- Biology
Cleveland State University
Graduated: December 2002
Associate’s Degree: Natural Resources: Recreation and Wildlife Management
Hocking Technical College
Graduated: June 1997
ENDORSEMENTS: Colorado Dept. Education
Professional Teacher License- Science Education (7-12)
Life Before Thomas Jefferson High School
I have been teaching science at TJ since the 2006-2007 school year. Prior to teaching at TJ I worked for ten years in outdoor recreation and education. My work experience includes positions such as: rock climbing instructor, environmental education teacher, naturalist, team building and challenge course facilitator, youth programs and day camp director, as well as adventure/wilderness trip leader.
Other Courses Taught: Physical science, biology, and human anatomy and physiology
Publications and Presentations
- Butera, B. (2020). High School Students Engage in Citizen Science to Investigate how Tree Species are Responding to a Changing Mountain Climate. Presentation at the Biennial Rocky Mountain National Park Research Conference, Estes Park, CO.
- Butera, B., & Esser, S. (2019). A Forest in Motion. The Science Teacher, 86(5), 22.
- Butera, B. (2017). Integrating a Citizen Science Project into a High School Science Curriculum. Presentation at the Biennial Rocky Mountain National Park Research Conference, Estes Park, CO.
- Denver Mile High Teacher Award 2011-2012
- Denver Teachers Awards’ Distinguished Teacher 2018-2019