Dr. Gardner holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (emphasis on Earth sciences) and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina. Her experiences in the K-12 classroom include teaching science at the elementary, middle, and high school level.
Garner's research interests center on elementary and middle level science teacher professional development, outdoor and environmental education, and collaborations with K-12 schools.
Dr. Gardner and her husband Glenn are Leave No Trace trainers and alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School. They enjoy hiking, backpacking, and running. They have two energetic dogs, Abbey and Tess.