With her passion for science and science education, Professor Skalac inspires students in their classroom studies, labs and field work. She especially enjoys teaching them and helping them complete their coursework in physical sciences.
Her current specialty is secondary science education, teaching science methods for secondary teachers and supervising student teachers during their field placements in middle and high school science classrooms. She teaches general physical science to non-science majors, helping them unlock the mysteries and beauty of the natural world. She also teaches chemistry, physics, astronomy and geology to undergraduates seeking to be elementary and middle school teachers.
Currently, she is a graduate student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working toward a doctoral degree in natural resources and environmental sciences. She is a member of several professional organizations, including National Science Teachers Association, Illinois Science Teachers Association, Geological Society of America, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, National Earth Science Teachers Association and Affiliation of Christian Geologists.
She and her husband, Mike, build wooden kayaks together. In their leisure time, they enjoy kayaking, camping and backpacking with their two adult children, Kimberly and Eric.