Malva Knoll Secretary

Malva Knoll

Malva Knoll retired in 2007 as a science teacher from the secondary chemistry classrooms of the Albuquerque Public Schools.  She was the NM candidate for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching twice during her career.  Ms. Knoll was the Director of Education at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque from 2007-2012 where she helped transition the education programs from Old Town at a new site which accommodated an outdoor aircraft yard, and a science curriculum based on current NM Science standards and inquiry, discovery methodology.

Ms. Knoll received her Masters Degree from the University of New Mexico in Secondary and Adult Education in 1980.  She has been an active supporter of the New Mexico Academy of Science and served as President in 1995.  She has been on the NMAS board as Secretary for over 10 years.  She is also an active member of the NM Science Teachers’ Association.

Ms. Knoll was co-chair of the NM State Math Science Advisory Council for the NM Public Education Department in 2013.  She served on an advisory committee for a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to NM for five years in the 1990’s and has given expert testimony to the NM State Legislators regarding Science Standards.

Ms. Knoll continues to dedicate her efforts to projects bettering Science education for students and educators in New Mexico as she shares her knowledge about State and National Science Standards.  She served on the writing team in 1998 for the first NM Science Standards.  In 2003 she worked to promote standards based on the National Education Standards .  In 2018 she was part of the legal efforts to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the basis for Science curriculum mandated by the Public Education Department across New Mexico