Trained as a geographer, Dr. Lilienfeld has been teaching geography and earth and atmospheric science at the university-level for 20+ years. She has routinely used phenomenon-based learning in almost all of her classes, supplementing it with powerful online tools and resources such as real-time weather web sites as well as data from agencies such as the World Bank and the CIA. In addition curriculum she developed related to drinking water quality and safety were given recognition as being "High Impact" by Wisconsin Campus Compact.
As described on landing page, however, when Dr. Lilienfeld substitute taught in K-12 classrooms across the Twin Cities between 2016-2018 she was delighted to learn of the tremendous enthusiasm that students in elementary and middle schools have for learning science. She also realized that well-designed and clearly taught concepts often helped significantly with classroom management. She therefore, applied many of the techniques she has used for many years in her own college-level teaching.
Dr. Lilienfeld has presented at two annual meetings of the Minnesota Science Teachers' Association as well as at the 70th Annual Conference of the Michigan Science Teachers' Association. At these conferences she demonstrated the use of several web sites either operated directly by government agencies or utilizing data from same. These included several real-time weather web sites, such as those of the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center and the American Meteorological Society, as well as the U.S.Department of Agriculture/Natural Resource Conservation Service.