About Us

Executive Director: Danielle Beaty Adler, Ed.D.

As Executive Director of San Diego Youth Science, Danielle Beaty Adler is a passionate advocate for advancing and expanding science education for persons of all ages, with particular interest in youth science education.  Her goal is that youth foster a “love of science.”  Danielle’s formal academic background is founded in basic science with a bachelor’s degree in marine science from San Diego State University.  Her career path ultimately returned her to academics where she graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in science education. Always a lifelong learner, she recently completed her Doctorate in Science Education Leadership from San Diego State in 2022. 

Danielle’s early career involved work with the U.S. federal government’s National Marine Fisheries Service at NOAA utilizing genetic analysis to track the worldwide migratory patterns of sea turtles and dolphins, as well as study the populations of gray whales traversing the west coast of North America utilizing thermal sensor tracking.  With a move to New York, Danielle gained marine regulatory and resource management experience with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.  Her responsibilities included field enforcement of the safe management of the clam fishery in Long Island Sound.  Upon returning to San Diego, Danielle built upon her experiences as a marine science educator at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps where she functioned as the School Programs Coordinator.  She developed and oversaw the design and implementation of the Aquarium’s science programs for K-12 schools in San Diego.  These programs were specifically focused on meeting California State Content Standards for science through incorporation of cutting edge research actively conducted at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Danielle has consulted as a science education evaluator for Birch Aquarium at Scripps and San Diego State University’s Teacher Education Department. Danielle evaluated and assessed education programs to document their educational impact for grant program funders.  At San Diego State University, she supervised and mentored student teachers earning their single subject science credential.

Founding San Diego Youth Science (SDYS) in 2015, Danielle serves as Executive Director consulting to enhance the science at elementary schools within the Mission Bay Cluster and beyond. Having worked in both science research and resource management, Danielle is passionate about designing science programming that incorporates local research and current phenomena to engage students and their classroom teachers in the authentic process of science. Through multi year collaborations with partner schools, Danielle truly values her opportunity to do science with these students and teachers.

San Diego Youth Science is determined to empower San Diego’s students and teachers to examine and question the natural world around them. San Diego Youth Science works with students of all ages to understand the process of science, view the world with scientific curiosity, and have a lifelong love of science through participation in authentic and relevant science experiences.

Science Educator: Claire Gorsuch

Coming from a family of teachers and having a passion for chemistry and experimentation, Claire Gorsuch had her eyes set on teaching science from an early age. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she focused her education by choosing minors in Exercise and Health Science and Science and Mathematics Education to accompany her Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. After graduating in 2012, Mrs. “G” as students call her joined Teach for America and began her teaching career in Nevada. During this time she also earned her Master's Degree in Education while teaching high school Physics and Chemistry as well as their honors adaptations.


In 2017 when Mrs. G. and her family welcomed twins, she found a passion for early childhood education. While raising her children she found a passion for teaching young children about the world around them and nurturing their natural curiosity. After moving to Southern California in 2021, Mrs. G. prepared to reenter the classroom by obtaining her Single-Subject Science Teaching Credential for California with the dream of teaching science to elementary aged children. She found that dream in 2022 when she joined San Diego Youth Science.

Science Educator: Evelyn Diaz

San Diego Youth Science’s newest Science Educator, Evelyn Diaz, has always loved doing science and teaching others. Recently graduating from UC San Diego with a B.S. and a Masters in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, Ms. Diaz’s passion for science began years before. Growing up in a small town in Mexico, with access to open fields and farm animals, she had always been curious about the natural world. When her family immigrated to the United States, this curiosity was nurtured by her extended family as one of her uncles would take her and all of her cousins on yearly camping trips to different places in California.

Ms. Diaz’s interest in the process of science, and sharing it with others, led to her becoming a Teaching Assistant in Biology as an undergraduate at UCSD. In her graduate work, she went on to conduct research in the Shurin Lab within the Biology Department, experimenting with algal growth temperatures. Ms. Diaz’s research around temperature to optimize the productivity of algae was then used as part of a larger project within the lab to determine potential use in biofuels.

Now, with SDYS, Ms. Diaz combines her passion for doing science every day while helping students engage in authentic and hands-on science. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team!

Once a San Diego Youth Science Educator, always.....

much appreciation to Heather Eaton, Mychang Krotosky, Stacy Circuit, and Hannah Tandy!