I am dedicated to excellence in STEM education

About Me

If you are an engineer, chemist, or physicist...and have a student in one of Dr. Pritchard's prepared. I will probably put you to work! I teach eighth grade science and pre-engineering courses, including Project Lead The Way. I enjoy using a variety of resources to teach my students-including their parents. Parents working in science and technology-related fields speak to my classes, providing the students with real-world applications of science and engineering curricula. I worked on the board of the California Science Teachers Association for ten years, including as president from 2007 - 2009. As a member of the California Teachers Advisory Council from 2007 - 2011, I worked diligently with the California Council on Science and Technology to increase enhancement of education with appropriate inclusion of technology. Having earned my National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science, my professional credentials also include a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Irvine, a master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and my doctorate from Claremont Graduate School. I have had the privilege of earning many awards including the Hughes Excellence in Science and Math Education, Project Tomorrow's Vision for Excellence Award, and was a Top-Ten semi-finalist for the NSTA Shell Outstanding Science Educator Award. Most recently, I was honored as a Hero in the Classroom in Orange County. My greatest dream, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Career Pathway, grades K-16, is slowly becoming a reality, and I diligently work to make that goal a full reality.

About Sally Ride

Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space.[1] After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both.Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space.

About Mike Brown

Sally Ride and Dr. P

Dr. P, Mike Brown, and Friend

Science 8th grade

In this class students will learn physics, chemistry, and astronomy using NGSS standards

Design and Modeling

In this PLTW course students will learn the basics of CAD using a 3D printer

Magic of Electrons / Flight and Space

In this PLTW course students will learn the basics of electricity as well as flight and space science

Coding / Rube Goldberg

In this class students  will learn elementary computer programming techniques and will design a “Rube Goldberg” machine

Courses I teach this year

Bachelor’s degree

Master’s degree

Doctorate degree

National Board Certification

Mike Brown (born 5 June 1965) has been a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 2003. His team has discovered many trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), notably the dwarf planet Eris, the only known TNO more massive than Pluto. He has referred to himself as the man who "killed Pluto", because he furthered Pluto being downgraded to a dwarf planet in the aftermath of the discovery of Eris and several other probable trans-Neptunian dwarf planets. He is the author of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, published in 2010.

I want to be the Johnny Appleseed of STEM

My Education