Shana McCrumbAssistant Professor of Biology Instruction/ExploreHope Curriculum Coordinator
Shana McCrumb began teaching introductory biology labs at Hope in fall 2013. She currently teaches labs in the introductory biology series and Organisms and Environment.
Shana is the curriculum director for ExploreHope, which provides STEM outreach through various programs including school visits, Saturday workshops and the very popular Summer Science Camps. Her responsibilities vary from mentoring and managing staff to curriculum development and teaching. She believes summer camps are fun, fast-paced and very rewarding in that they fulfill her desire to work closely with college students to provide science outreach education to students of all ages, backgrounds and experience.
AREAS OF ExPertise
Shana considers herself a “generalist.” In her role as an instructor in introductory courses, she specializes in knowing “a little” about a wide range of biology topics. Her area of expertise is biology teaching — understanding her students’ educational needs and how to best fulfill them.
Originally, Shana was trained as an organic chemist in the environmental laboratory business. Through this career, she honed her lab skills; she enjoys working in the lab with hands-on materials and learning.
- M.Ed., school counseling (NT), Grand Valley State University, 2010
- B. S., biology (DA); minor in earth science (DH); secondary education certification, Grand Valley State University, 1999
- B. S. natural resources management with emphasis on soils and land use, Grand Valley State University, 1990
Shana’s experience with science education began as a high school biology teacher, which she enjoyed very much. She excelled in this environment and loved the constant challenge and ever-changing environment of education.
Shana also has counseling experience. She completed an M.Ed. in school counseling and a practicum that allowed her to help students of all ages be academically successful or to navigate through a difficult time. This rewarding experience helped her develop compassion and empathy.
Shana has also worked as an adjunct and visiting professor in the biology department for Grand Valley State University.
Outside the College
Shana’s favorite activity is camping, especially along the Lake Michigan shoreline. She loves Michigan! On a weekly basis she enjoys trail running, mountain biking (off-road riding), road cycling, weight training and hiking (or any combination). She is happiest when she can get outside and work out. She also likes everything about science: reading it, watching it, experiencing it, doing it… she especially likes to share her love of science and nature with others. Shana also loves playing board games with anyone who will join her.
Shana has been happily married for 23 years and counting. She and her husband, Todd, a high school social sciences teacher, have two daughters: Morgan and Madeline. Both her girls are in the band and both take music lessons. Morgan plays percussion and Madeline plays the trumpet in their school bands.