Machelle Hartman
Lecturer (General Chemistry)

Machelle Hartman

I was born in Walla Walla, WA, but then proceeded to move several times with my family (inlcuding the states of Wisconsin, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington) until I finally returned to the valley for college. In 2000, I graduated from Walla Walla College with a B.A. in Chemistry and my Washington State Teaching certification. Following graduation I taught the general chemistry labs for WWC (now Walla Walla University). In 2001, my husband, Jerry, and I moved to the Philippines for two years to work as Peace Corps Volunteers in education. The primary focus of our service was teacher education in science and computers, but we also spent a large portion of our time in teacher trainings for cooperative learning, critical thinking skills, and integration across subject areas (such as math, English, Filipino, and science). Our secondary projects (which became our primary projects as the end of our service neared) centered around environmental education, in the form of youth camps and the publication of an enviromental education manual for elementary teachers. Peace Corps was an incredible experience--both for our careers and culturally. If anyone has any questions about Peace Corps, we are more than happy to persuade you to join!

In 2006, I graduated from Antioch University in Seattle with an M.A. in Environment and Community. My thesis explored networking as a tool for developing sustainability in non-profit organizations. As of 2007, I am co-producer (along with my husband) of documentaries that are community produced by and for Indigenous communities in Suriname, South America. Our longest film to date has been accepted and shown in several film festivals in the US, Caribbean and South America. Working together with my husband, who graduated with his MFA in digital cinema in 2008, allows us to integrate the tools of science, theories of social development and creativity of cinema into documentaries that are giving Indigenous people a global voice. For more information and to view our work, please visit our website:

Outside of work, my main interests are currently our son, Aidan, daughter Mica and our pets (2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 hermit crabs). When I find the time, I also enjoy playing music (guitar, flute and voice), reading, sea kayaking, hiking, rollerblading, art/design, gardening and any activity involving water.

Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

2008-current Co-owner, Co-producer Eclectic Reel, LLC, Walla Walla, WA
Duties: Produce documentaries focusing on human rights & environmental issues, facilitate relationships with Indigenous tribes, coordinate fundraising, educate communities and audiences about the chemical and health hazards of gold mining, etc.
2009-2010 College Environmental Science Instructor
University of Phoenix, online
Duties: Teach 9 week environmental science (SCI 275) courses online to classes of 20+ students.
2007-current Environmental Community Consultant
Green & Blue Consulting, Walla Walla WA
Duties: help organizations initiate change and sustain change
2003-current College Chemistry Lecturer
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Duties: Teach general Chemistry 135 & 136 lab course and Chemistry 125 lecture class, Work with other instructors to maintain continuity between all lab and lecture sections taught
2003-2004 Online High School Chemistry Teacher
AE21-Adventist Education for the 21st Century
Florida Conference of Seventh Day Adventists
Duties: Teach on-line college prep chemistry course with lab
2001-2003 US Peace Corps Volunteer-Education Trainer
Roxas City, Capiz, Panay Island, Philippines
Duties: Train teachers in chemistry, general science, English, math, computers and general teaching methods; Design and publish elementary environmental curriculum manual; Organize and implement youth environmental camps; Demonstrate chemistry lessons; Integrate into local culture; Learn the local dialect-Hiligaynon
2000-2001 Substitute Teacher
Walla Walla, WA School District
Duties: Teach a variety of levels for absent teachers, long term sub positions for high school biology and 3rd grade
Fall 2000 & 2004 College General Chemistry Instructor
Walla Walla College
Duties: Sabbatical replacement, Teach Lab course (2000), including pre-lab lecture and grading, for college General Chemistry class; teach lecture course (2004)
1997-2000 Writing Tutor, Science Tutor & Science Coordinator, Teaching & Learning Center
Walla Walla College
Duties: Instruct and aid students in their homework; Schedule, supervise and evaluate science tutors of the Teaching & Learning Center


2006 M.A. Environment and Community
Graduate certificates: Integrated skills for sustainable change (2006)
Ecological planning and design (2006)
Antioch University, Center for Creative Change
Seattle, WA 98121
2000 B.A. Chemistry Education
3.9 GPA, Dean's List
Certification (expired): WA State Certification, Chemistry grades 9-12
Walla Walla College, College Place, WA 99324
1997 A.A. degree, Music Major
4.0 GPA, Dean's List
Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, OR 97914

Productions and Awards

Indigenous Suriname (2008) won the United Nations Caribbean Populations Award in the non-media category for the Organization of Indigenous Suriname (OIS) (November 2008) and $10,000 prize money

Acceptance to Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival (Indigenous Suriname, 2009)

X-International Film Festival (Ecuador) Award for Community Documentary (Indigenous Suriname, 2010)

Honor Student, Dean's list (1995-2000)

Band Award (1995-1997), Outstanding Choral Student Award (1995-97), and Music Honor Award (1996)

McConnell/Kwiram Chemistry Award (1998)

C.W. Shankel Memorial Chemistry Scholarship (1999)


Life Guard Training and Certification (expired)

Tutor Certification (Basic, Advanced and Master) College Reading & Learning Association

Cross cultural Peace Corps training


US Embassy Club Grant for publication of 1,000 environmental education manuals (2003)

Walla Walla University Faculty Development Grant (2008)


Community Driven Media: Capacity Building for Indigenous People and Refugees. Reporting New Realities in Asia and the Pacific, Hong Kong, East West Center and University of Hong Kong, April 2010.

Indigenous Suriname Screening and Q&A, 15th Annual Native American Film and Video Festival, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY, March/April 2011.


Hartman, J. and M. Hartman, eds. Elementary hand in hand. US Peace Corps and US Embassy (Philippines): 2003.

Hartman, J. and M. Hartman. "Suriname: Giving an international voice to interior tribes." Auth Martha Mollison. Producing videos: a complete guide. Australia: Allen and Unwin, 2010.

Foreign Languages

1 year High School Spanish

3 quarters College Spanish (Spanish I, II, III)

2 years, in country, Ilonggo

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