Dr. Rodriguez earned her Bachelors degree in Geology in Los Angeles, California. Following her graduation, she briefly taught as a substitute teacher, teaching K through 12 and special education classes. She then worked for private industry as a staff Geologist with an environmental consulting firm, where she headed groundwater monitoring. Dr. Rodriguez worked with local and state regulatory agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency on many projects. Later, she resumed her education by moving to Miami, Florida, to pursue a Ph.D. in Geology at Florida International University. Dr. Rodriguez completed her Ph.D. in 2006. That same year, she was offered a position as a Post Doctoral Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York, where she worked for the next three years. Dr. Rodriguez studied and conducted research focused on the geology of the planet Mars.
Dr. Rodriguez is an Igneous Petrologist and Geochemist, who is passionate about volcanoes. Dr. Rodriguez travels to different volcanoes around the world as her favorite activity. She not only enjoys the geology offered by these fascinating structures, but also enjoys learning about the cultures that surround them. In addition to teaching at the grade school level, Dr. Rodriguez has been a College Professor, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Rodriguez strongly encourages open communication with her students, and thoroughly enjoys teaching and interacting with her students.
Dr. Rodriguez will be teaching Level I Astronomy and a specialty class on volcanoes for all ages.