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Dr. John Almarode
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Assistant Professor
Early, Elementary & Reading Education

Academic Degrees: 
B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Bridgewater College 
M.A.T., Exceptional Children, Mary Baldwin College 
Ph.D., Science Education, University of Virginia

Professional Interests: 
Educational Neuroscience 
Design and Measurement of Classroom Environments that Promote Student Engagement 
Interest and Engagement in STEM Disciplines with an Emphasis on PreK - 8 Science 
Laboratory Schools
Specialized STEM High Schools 
Interventions for Low Socioeconomic Populations 
Translation of American Education Pedagogy in International Schools

John began his career in Augusta County, Virginia, teaching a wide‑range of students.  His research interests including educational neuroscience, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement and leanring, interest and engagement in STEM disciplines, specialized STEM high schools, and college and university laboratory schools. The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the United State Congress, Virginia Senate, at the United States Department of Education as well as the Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House.  John has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of neuroscience to classroom, school, and home environments.  He has authored multiple journal articles, reports, book chapters, and two books including Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6 - 12 (Corwin Press, 2013). John lives in Waynsboro, Virginia with his wife Danielle, a fellow educator, their two children, Tessa and Jackson, and labrador retreivers, Angel and Forest.