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Merrie Koester

Director - STEAM, Project Draw for Science, Kids Teaching Flood Resilience
Center for Science Education

Phone Number: (843) 810-2236
Dr. Merrie Koester


Dr. Merrie Koester is the author of the nationally implemented Agnes Pflumm science education novels, the product of twenty five years of teaching and research on bringing students to science through the creative arts ( She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University in biology and received her masters’ degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she researched and developed curriculum for teaching science through the visual arts, creative writing and drama, music and movement. She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of South Carolina. Her book, Science Teachers Who Draw: The Red Is Always There (, narrates the research and stories of the academic turnarounds of previously struggling science students, whose teachers learned to use arts practices to communicate meaning. Dr. Koester directs the Center for Science STEAM program (, and is currently facilitating two participatory action research initiatives: Project Draw for Science ( and Kids Teaching Flood Resilience (