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Natalie S. King, PhD – Founder and Executive Director of I AM STEM, LLC is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida and Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Her research focuses on advancing Black girls in STEM education, community-based informal STEM programs, and the role of curriculum in fostering equity in science teaching and learning.


As a former high school science teacher, Dr. King is passionate about designing holistic curriculum that embraces students’ cultural experiences while preparing them to become productive and critically-conscious citizens in a global society. She firmly believes in STEM for social justice and utilizes an interdisciplinary approach and design thinking to provide authentic and meaningful experiences that promote civic leadership. Through her programs and scholarly work, Dr. King provides a platform for youth voices to be heard, and encourages them to work creatively and collaboratively to provide solutions to critical issues within their schools and communities.


Dr. King partners with community-based organizations to provide children with access to comprehensive summer enrichment programs. She offers professional development workshops and curriculum support so that local organizations can deliver high-quality and affordable STEM programs to develop this generation’s scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and mathematicians. She is truly committed to transforming the face of STEM…one community at a time!


Select Honors/Awards:


2018        Out-of-School Time Scholar Award for Commitment to the Field

                 American Educational Research Association (AERA) New York, NY


2018        Civic Action and Social Engagement (CASE) Award     

                 American Educational Research Association (AERA) New York, NY


2017        Outstanding Faculty Position Paper Recipient and Keynote Speaker

                Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education (SASTE)

               Activist and academician: Promoting equity in science education through                     community-based scholarship


2017        Recipient, Keeper of the Caribbean Legacy Award

                Educational Access Institute (EAI), Gainesville, FL


2017        Recipient, Jhumki Basu Scholar Award  

                National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)


2015        FCSW Florida Achievement Award

                 Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW), Tallahassee, FL


Recent Publications:


King, N. S. & Pringle, R. M. (2018). Black girls speak STEM: Counterstories of informal and formal learning experiences. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 1-31.

King, N. S., Wade-Jaimes, K., & Morgan, P. D. (2018). Decoding careers in DNA. The Science Teacher, 85(5), 54-59.


King, N. S. (2017). When teachers get it right: Voices of Black girls’ informal STEM learning experiences. Journal of Multicultural Affairs, 2(1), 5.

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