Dr. Marinova is a lecturer with the UTeach Primary program, using inquiry-based methods to teach physics and astronomy to future elementary school teachers.
Dr. Marinova has taught various physics classes at universities around the Austin area, and has volunteered in K-12 science outreach in many local schools. She enjoys working with teachers and has facilitated numerous professional development workshops for teachers at McDonald Observatory in west Texas. She has also developed hands-on astronomy activities for high school students allowing them to use real data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Dr. Marinova was born in Botevgrad, Bulgaria. When she was 10, her family emigrated to the Chicago area. Dr. Marinova attended University of Illinois where she earned a B.S. in Physics, and went on to the Astronomy department at the University of Texas where she completed a Ph. D. in Astronomy and won awards for outstanding research as well as teaching and outreach.