Tamera Klingbyll

Instructor of Biology

Life is an adventure, we begin it from before our first breath and continue it beyond mortal death. Discovery (learning) is a part of that life. Every day is full of discovery for me. The smallest aspects can become the most teachable. Teaching pre-service teachers and future parents is one of the most rewarding careers in which I could possibly be. To say I readily chose this path would be incorrect: rather GOD chose it for me. I still get goosebumps when I look back at where I started in my teaching careeer over twenty years ago. I want to learn as much as I can to pass it forward. I am blessed to teach two courses that connect two of my passions: GOD and teaching. One opens the world of GOD's handiwork to my students; so they may see the intricate and balanced nature in which we live. The other showing the way nature and man interact and how nothing stands by itself - life is interwoven.


Education: M.S. Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1990); B.S. Biology, David Lipscomb College (1987)

Professional Experience: Lipscomb University: Instructor of Biology (1990 – Present), The University of Tennessee: Graduate Research Assistant (1987-1990)
Courses Taught: BY 1003, BY 3612, BY 3712
Professional Areas of Interest: Hands-on interdisciplinary environmental science for current and pre-service teachers, Tennessee Education Standards in Science, Outdoor classrooms, Use of Environmental Programs (Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, Project Wet, etc.) to enhance science education
Scholarly Activity: Improving Teacher Quality Grant Recipient (2007)
Awards: Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year, Tennessee Forestry Association (2007)
Professional Organizations: National Science Teachers Association, Tennessee Science Teachers Association, Tennessee Academy of Science, Tennessee Forestry Association, Tennessee Environmental Education Association
Church: The Church of Christ at Fairview