About Dr. O’Malley

2016-omalley-00411I have a diverse background in science and education, including degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science Teaching, and a PhD in Geology.  I live with my scientist husband and two children, a daughter and son.


My dissertation research focused on the preserved biomarkers in Mississippian crinoids, first noticed decades ago but never studied.  Two peer-reviewed publications from my dissertation have been published in the journal Geology.  The conclusions of my work are that not only are there a taxon-specific organic molecules preserved in these fossils, their similarities reflect the currently accepted phylogenetic relationships between groups of crinoids in most cases.

Check out my paper in the journal Geology, here.

geology-2016-coverAfter completing my PhD, I returned to school to earn a teaching credential, in High School Integrated Science. I also taught in the education department of a local science museum for 3 years, and spent a year working with 4th and 5th graders in an inner-city elementary school as part of the NSF’s GK-12 program.

I currently teach AP Biology, Honors Chemistry, and Physics. I also mentor students in independent research projects, and coach Science Olympiad and FIRST Lego League teams, and am a mentor for an iGEM team.



2017-2022        AYA (7-12) Integrated Science (Ohio), 5 year professional license

                         Endorsement, Gifted Intervention Specialist


2009                   Ph.D. in Geology, The Ohio State University

2015                   M.S. in Education and Health Sciences, University of Dayton

2020                   Endorsement, Gifted Intervention Specialist, Wright State University

2006                   M.S. in Geology, The Ohio State University

2004                   M.S.T. (Master of Science in Teaching), Wright State University

2002                   B.S. in Biology and B.S. Chemistry, Wright State University


2015-present   Science Teacher (Physics, Honors Chemistry, Chemistry, AP Biology), Carroll High School, Dayton, Ohio

2014-2015       Science Teacher (Earth Science) Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Englewood, Ohio

2013-2014       Science Teacher (Physics and Biology) Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton Public Schools, Dayton, Ohio

2011–2012       Student Teacher (Earth Science), Miami Valley CTC, Clayton, Ohio

2010–2012       Adjunct Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

2004–2009       Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio: served as Head TA for Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Oceanography, and History of Life on Earth

2005–2006       NSF GK-12 Fellow, Department of Chemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio: developed inquiry-based science activities to complement Columbus Public School Curriculum Guide for two classrooms of 4th and 5th grade students

2003–2004       Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, Wright State University: served as TA for geology labs and SM 445/446 Projects in Science, which taught pre-service teachers how to facilitate science fair projects

2003–2004       C.L.A.S.S. Project Laboratory Instructor (Creating Lab Access for Science Students)

2001–2004       Program Instructor, Dayton Society of Natural History, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio


Dayton Public Schools Science and Technology Fair Core Committee Member

COSI (Columbus Center for Science and Industry): workshop volunteer, writer, and presenter including “Chemistry in the Kitchen” (teaching physical science for middle school teachers)

Montgomery County ESC: workshop presenter of “Physical Science and Meteorology” (using meteorology to teach physical properties of air, gases, and heat for middle and high school teachers)

Montgomery County Science Day Committee (member at large), Intel International Science Fair Committee (MCSD), MCSD Scientific Review Committee Chairperson, former West District Science Day administrative assistant, mentor, special awards judge, and judge for school, county, district and state fairs. (18 years of activity)


2015, 2017, 2019              Innovative Teaching Grant, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

2011               American Chemical Society-Hachs Second Career Chemistry Teacher Scholarship

2009               Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award, School of Earth Sciences, Ohio State

2004               Spring Quarter Teaching Assistant of the Quarter, WSU Dept of Geological Sciences


  • National Science Teachers Association – member of the High School Committee
  • Science Education Council of Ohio
  • Ohio Academy of Science – Elected Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Geological Society of America
  • Paleontological Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Modeling Teachers Association

7 thoughts on “About Dr. O’Malley

  1. Hi Dr. O’Malley, I am looking for quality materials to better teach high school Biology. I love the ecology section of your science notebook. Would you share resources for other topics in Biology? Thank you!

  2. Hi Dr. O’Malley, very helpful site! It might be even more helpful if you could introduce similar sites like yours, maybe on sidebar or somewhere. Sometimes teachers might not find the information they want here, but other sites like biologydictionary.net would be great alternatives.

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