Gina Milanesio


Gina Milanesio has been teaching at Niles North High School since 2003 after completing her bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Her philosophy is that lesson design is essential to creating an atmosphere of learning science.  For three years she taught within the freshman studies program where she coordinated science lesson plans to the social studies and English curriculum.  She was on the pioneer group who first wrote the science topics curriculum.  She has presented at ISTA (Illinois Science Teachers Association), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), and at the Niles Professional Development Township.
     Her relevant scientific research experience was mainly at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in which she worked on projects concentrating on anti-aging research, systematic botany, and insect behavior.  A publication of one of her contributing research projects can be found at Downie, S. R.,  Feng-Jie S,  Katz-Downie D.S., & Colletti G., (2004). “A Phylogenetic Study of Perideridia (Apiaceae) Based on Nuclear Ribosomal DNA ITS Sequences.”  Systematic Botany, 29 (3) pp. 737-751.  Her relevant science education experience was through her consultant work in the Belleville School District, Action Research projects, and James Scholar projects through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  The James Scholar projects were based on the difference between female and male learning styles in math and science.