Kelly Billings

Kelly is a third-year doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley. As a former science teacher in Oakland, Calif., Kelly’s work is deeply informed by her teaching experience and former students. Her current research focuses on how teachers and curriculum designers support students to use data science to investigate socio-scientific issues in their communities, including issues of public health, environmental justice, and data privacy. Kelly received a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California and her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. She then taught in the Oakland Unified School District for four years. In the second half of her teaching career, she served as science department lead and a mentor teacher through the Trellis teacher preparation program.

Kelly currently works as a graduate student researcher on two projects, one focused on designing anti-racist science curricula and the other focused on utilizing natural-language processing to identify student ideas in written science explanations.

Specializations and Interests

Data Science Education, Design Based Research, Teacher Learning, Justice-Centered STEM education


BS, Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Loyola Marymount University