About Monroe Science Educational Services

Monroe Science Educational Services (MSES) is a secondary educational, science-based, field study trip and consultation business. We enjoy serving the community with an emphasis on bringing "real-world" science topics, processes and applications to students and families that are aligned with National and California State Science & Environmental Standards.

James R. (Randy) Monroe has spent his science teaching career as a part time scientist, integrating current science technologies and techniques into the topics and processes covered through a standardized Earth, Life and Physical Science curriculum with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Monroe received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master's of Science (MS) in Education with an emphasis on Educational Technology Leadership from California State University East Bay (CSUEB). He also has both a K-8 Science Authorization and a Single Subject Earth and Planetary Science Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Monroe was later tapped by Pearson VUE to serve on both the preliminary & final editing teams of the current Earth & Planetary Science Single Subject Credential for the Board of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

Monroe collaborates and is in contact with many of the leading local, state, and national science and science educational institutions and business. This includes a strong Native Fishes Program developed with biologist Chris Miller and the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District and as a member of the New Horizon Education Team, the mission to Pluto. Monroe's step-father, James Christy discovered Pluto's largest moon Charon in 1978, named after Monroe's mother Charlene.

Monroe spent a number of summers and afterschool time working through Industrial Initiatives for Science and Math Educators (IISME) at Lockheed Martin as a Systems Engineer in missile defense studying infrared technologies and as adjunct faculty at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) in the Microbial Ecology Program. His passion for hydrothermal vent ecology joined his other passion wolf ecology when JGI sent him sampling in Yellowstone where he became friendly with the wolf biology team.

The MSES logo combines his fascination of space exploration, comparative planetary geology & astro-biology with his desire to restore altered California ecosystems with missing Keystone Species; in particular the gray wolf and the Grizzly bear.

Our Founder

My name is (James R.) Randy Monroe and I am passionate and enthusiastic about science. Currently employed by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, I teach 6th, 7th & 8th grade science. I teach at Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek, California. Foothill Middle School is ranked as a California Distinguished school and has won both a National Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon Awards I have Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Studies and a Masters (MS) in Education, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Science Authorization, and a Single Subject Credential in Earth and Planetary Sciences. I also served on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers Testing Board and developed the current Earth & Planetary science test.

I began my professional teaching career in 2000 for the Antioch Unified School District at Bidwell Elementary as a 4/5 Special Day Class Instructor; working with children with a vast array of learning challenges. In 2001, I was hired by the Mt. Diablo USD at Glenbrook Middle to teach science. I taught Earth, Life & Physical Science for mainstream and English Language Learners (ELL); as well as being the Gifted & Talented Education (GATE) Coordinator. I began field trip planning and implementation in 2000 and have done well over 100 excursions to date.I am fluent in American Sign Language and possess the core skills to work with children across the entire spectrum of needs.

Our Mission

The goal of MSES is to bring expert Science Literacy, Science Education, and Real-World Science Topics and Techniques to students.

Monroe Science Educational Services is an educational endeavor designed to "bridge the gap from the known to the unknown". All projects, programs and workshops are completely aligned with both National and California State Science Standards.

Education is everywhere – particularly the natural world.