Elsa Cade's Biography

Elsa Salazar Cade holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Niagara University and also holds School District Administrators Certificate For New York State from Niagara University.

She taught two years as a fourth grade spanish bilingual teacher in Austin,Texas, one year as a reading and math remediation teacher. She assisted in the writing of a hands-on science curriculum for the fourth grade level of the Austin Independent School District, Summer, 1976. She also participated in the design and teaching of an after school program for gifted minority students in language arts and art January -May 1977.

During the summers of '79 and '80, she compiled a collection of insects that were found in commercial vineyards throughout Niagara Peninsula for Agriculture Canada.

Elsa has taught as a 7th and 8th Grade science teacher for the city of Buffalo for the past 12 years. She has taught Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science and Mathematics. Other responsibilities include Science Mentor to K - 6 and Sp. Ed. classes at School #18. She also has assisted the Director of Science with interviews of prospective teachers, writing the final exams for seventh grade life science and eight grade physical science. In 1992, she was invited to write questions for the Regents Competency Exam in Science, Albany, New York. In 1991-92 she was a consultant for Globe publishing; trial tested Globe science book and correlated Globe textbook with New York State syllabus.

At the university level, Elsa has been an invited speaker on such topics as "Multicultural Education and the Minority Student" at Niagara University, Niagra Fall,N.Y. "Hands On Science for Students with Special Needs" at Buffalo State University. She also lectured recently on "Human evolution and Sociobiology" at Medille college in Buffalo, N.Y.

In summer of 1992, she was science mentor for a National Science Foundation project Science for All Children under the direction of Dr. Cawley and Dr. Doran at U.B. This involved working with others to develop and present "hands-on" activities to 8 teams of special education and science education teachers from the Western New York area.

In 1993, Elsa was invited to Educators' Day upon recommendation by State of New York to be honored as one of 100 teachers from Western New York, Michigan, Quebec and Ontario.

From 1994-98, Elsa was appointed to Clinical Faculty at the Buffalo Research Institute on Education for Teaching, State University of New York at Buffalo. Elsa had helped teach a general secondary methods course LAI 418/698 in Fall,1994 and had cotaught the secondary science methods course with Dr. Doran for three years.

In 1995, Elsa who had dedicated much of her energy to economically disadvantaged and emotionally disabled children, was been cited as one of the top 10 science teachers in the United States by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Elsa, a member of the clinical faculty of UB's Buffalo Research Institute on Education for Teaching, was nominated for the honor by faculty in the UB Graduate School of Education. Cade was selected as a finalist from among more than 85 candidates nationwide for the competition sponsored by Shell Oil Company.

Elsa also worked with William H. Cade on studying the behavior of the field cricket Gryllus integer for over 20 years. They jointly published a paper containing 10 years of research. Male mating success, calling and searching behavior at high and low density in the field cricket, Gryllus integer William H. Cade & Elsa Salazar Cade, Animal Behavior, 1992, 43, 49-56. She has had Illustrations published in Florida Entomology Journal on Insect, Behavioral Ecology in 1979 and in Comprehensive Insect Physiology and Biochemistry, 1985 Pergamon Press, Oxford This study has taken her from Texas to Hawaii. In the fall of 1995, she went to the game parks of South Africa, tape recording crickets.

In December, 1996 at the NSTA convention in Toronto, Elsa and William Cade jointly presented "Crickets in The Classroom". It was a workshop on how to use crickets in a classroom to teach various basic concepts.

In the fall of 1997, Elsa went to Australia to the International Othopertist meeting. Elsa continued to teach junior high for two more years, then took a year off to continue research on crickets with her husband Bill. They did some collecting for a new project on behavior and traveled again to record and collect in Africa with Dan Otte in the fall of 1999. As luck would have it, Bill Cade was appointed to the University of Lethbridge as President and Elsa ha worked as a university consultant supervising 8 science education students during their student teaching assignment. In December of 2000, Elsa went with Bill to the Entomology Society meetings in Montreal. In Fall, 2001, Elsa taught a course in curriculum and instruction for non-majors in science for the Faculty of Education at University of Lethbridge. Elsa presented her work on the use of crickets to teach entomology at the formal conference on teaching in San Diego at Entomology Society meetings on Dec 11, 2001. Elsa has another paper due out soon in the Journal for Exceptional Children

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Sunday, May 31, 1998