LPIE Science Instructors
Meet the LPIE Science Instructors
Kathy Biro: Kathy is a "hometown girl" who grew up here in Lafayette. She graduated from St. Mary's College with a BA and continued on to receive her multiple subject teaching credential. She taught 1st grade for five years in the Mt. Diablo School District, until she decided to have children. She has been teaching LPIE science for the past several years and recently began teaching Kindergarten Social Studies. When not teaching she can be found volunteering at Acalanes High School. Kathy lives in Lafayette with her husband (her high school sweetheart) in Lafayette and has three grown children who attended Lafayette schools.
Alice Burns: Alice is in her sixth year as an LPIE instructor. She also works as a garden educator with MDUSD. She has an MS in Biology and a teaching credential. She has taught high school Biology and Physical Science, preschool, taught art and worked as a substitute teacher. Alice enjoys being outdoors. Her family is in the process of turning their yard into a native plant habitat.
Sierra Higgins: Sierra grew up in Danville. She completed an Education degree at USC, and received a Masters in Reading from St Mary’s College. She taught 4th grade at the Palmer School in Walnut Creek before moving to Lafayette to raise her three children who attended Happy Valley, Stanley and Acalanes. She has taught an after school kindergarten and gardening classes. She loves teaching LPIE Science!
Joanne Layshock: Joanne graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has been with LPIE since 2007. Joanne previously was a research scientist in biotechnology for almost twenty years. Joanne lives with her husband in Lafayette and has a grown son who attended Lafayette schools.
Patricia McDonald: Patricia received her Master's Degree in Molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She worked as a research immunochemist in a number of fields including medical diagnostics and environmental pollutant quantitation. Pat has been a substitute teacher for five years.
Usha Srinivasan: Usha has a Masters degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University, and a Masters in Public Health, in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, from UC Berkeley. Usha has been working with LPIE since 2000. Prior to working with LPIE she worked at the Lindsay Museum as a science teacher for several years. She now lives with her family in Pleasanton.