Phone: (314) 696-2290


Degrees and Certifications:

--Master in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction emphasis in Biology. --Master in Secondary Science Research Emphasis in Biological Research. --Bachelor of Science in Biology emphasis Pre-Medicine. -Associate degree in Dental Clinician. PLTW Certifications in: --Medical interventions --Biomedical Innovations --Certification in Biology 9-12 --Certification on Authentic Science Research --Certified Science Coach

Ms. Ninfa B Matiase, M.Ed. Curr. Inst Bio., M.Ed. Sec. Sci. Research, Certified Dental Clinician (C.D.C.)

I am a native of Panama City, Panama. I moved to the United States soon after graduating from high school. I have four siblings; three of them live here in the US. I have two adopted daughters from Ghana that I helped stay in the US after they came as exchange students to do a year abroad with me with each of them holding a BS in biology. One holds a  Post Doctorate degree in Biochemistry,  the second one holds a Masters in Epidemiology and Public Health.  A self-proclaimed nerd who loves all that is science, science fiction and cartoons. I am the proud mom of a miniature poodle named Mona. I love to dance and used to perform in her national Panamanian attire. Most importantly, I love helping my students reach their fullest potential.  

I have been an educator since 1996 and have served in various capacities during my tenure as an educator. I have served as a Senior Class sponsor, Robotics Team sponsor, Science Club sponsor and the National Honors Science Society sponsor. I also served as a master teacher for the DNA Van program out of University of Missouri Columbia, where I helped and taught teachers how to do DNA extraction purification and work with teachers to run the efficient program at their schools. I was the first teacher in the state of Missouri trained in New York in Authentic Science Research in the classrooms; she successfully implemented this training in her classroom, teaching students how to conduct real scientific investigations.  Currently, I am a Science Coach, a program geared to teach students how to conduct Authentic Science research. I have been the Teacher Leader and consultant for the Maps and Medicine summer workshops sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute held at University of Missouri St Louis.

I had the honor of being selected as the HOSA Advisor of the year 2023-24  and the  STEM educator of the year for the 2019 - 20 school year.