Carrie “Doc MD” Miller-DeBoer and her adventuring buddy “SpaceBat” love learning and are always in pursuit of new experiences to share with students. For over 25 years, Doc MD has been guiding learners through hands-on experiences - in classrooms, museums, laboratories, and the great outdoors.
Doc started her career as an aquatic ecologist studying plankton in lakes, rivers, and oceans. She has a B.S. in Biological Oceanography from Millersville University, Millersville, PA and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. While working on a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Doc realized her joy lay in teaching science and switched tracks to finish a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
Since 2015, middle and high school students have shared in the learning adventure with Doc and SpaceBat. She thinks teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is the best fun she’s ever had and hopes her students enjoy class as much as she does.
When she’s not teaching, Doc relaxes at home with her husband, Mr. DeBoer, and her four cats - Fey, Faust, Brighid and Ebony. She loves spending time in her backyard, learning new skills from maker videos on YouTube, and practicing any one of her many hobbies - crocheting, sewing, stained glass, kayaking, model terrain building, programming . . .