Centralia College Change Agent Team

Michelle Harris, Geology
Karen Goodwin, Chemistry
Teresa Adams, Mathematics

Team Activities

Team Members

Michelle Harris

Michelle has developed three new geology courses at Centralia College, and currently heads their department's seminar speaking series. She participated in the NSF School of Ice in 2019. She led a hike to the summit of Mount St. Helens in 2019 and will get to guide a hike into the crater in 2020. She was a convener and host of the 2019 SAGE 2YC workshop Metacognitions - Making Every Teaching Activity Centered On Giving New Instructional Tools Inspiring Our Nations Students.


Michelle teaches teaches Introduction to Geology, Natural Hazards and Disasters, Historical Geology, Survey of Earth Science, and Earth's Surface Processes.

Karen Goodwin

Karen's research interests are focused in Green Chemistry, specifically in adapting traditional laboratory methods to greener alternatives while maintaining their purpose as teaching tools. In 2019 she was awarded a $50,000 grant to purchase a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer for her department. In 2016 she won the Exceptional Faculty Award from the Centralia College Foundation. Karen is the founder and facilitator of the student research Capstone Projects, which provide research experiences for her students. Karen is the Treasurer of the Washington College Chemistry Teachers Association (WCCTA) and was the 2017 Chair of the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.


Karen teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Preparatory Chemistry, a recently added course.

Teresa (Teri) Adams

Teri worked with the Dana Center on introducing co-requisite math classes across the country.


Teri teaches Pre-calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations.


Centralia College serves 5,000 students annually from its campus midway between Seattle WA and Portland, OR. Half of its students are 25 or older while 14% are under 18 years old. Seventy-one percent are enrolled in at least one distance education course.


Geology program: There is one full-time faculty in the Geology program and an Emeritus Professor of geology.

Science Department: The science department is in the Division of Arts and Sciences and has 8 full-time faculty.

Math Department: 3 full time faculty and 1 - 2 adjunct faculty in the Math program teach 360 students per year. Math is part of the Division of Arts and Science.

Chemistry program: There are two full-time faculty in chemistry.

Institutional demographic data is from IPEDS the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. Department of Education, typically for the 2018-19 year as available.