Okhee is a visionary leader in K-12 science teaching and learning, especially for diverse student groups including English learners.
Okhee is widely known nationally and internationally for advancing research, policy, and practice that simultaneously promote science and language learning for all students, including English learners. She has directed research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, and other national and state organizations.
Okhee lived her first 25 years in South Korea. She grew up in the countryside, poor but happy. She did well in school, completed her master’s degree, and wanted to do more. She was told there were two suitable choices available to a woman: become a career wife or become an old spinster. So, she created a third choice: She left and came to the United States to pursue her Ph.D.