STEM Starts Early: Guidance and support from the NSTA Early Childhood Science Education Position Statement
Linda Froschauer retired from classroom teaching after 37 years. She has a BS in
elementary science teaching, an MA in science teaching, and a 6th year in curriculum
and instruction. She now serves as the Editor of Science and Children, the preschool/elementary
journal of the National Science Teachers Association. Linda served on the development
team for the NSTA Early Childhood Position Statement, has authored and edited several
books, and served as the 2006-2007 NSTA President.
Cindy worked for many years as a teacher and administrator in Head Start where she
developed a deep appreciation for children’s cognitive capabilities, and a strong
desire to engage them in relevant, challenging, and playful science curriculum.
Currently she is a senior curriculum and professional development associate at Education
Development Center in Waltham MA. where she primarily instructs and coaches early
childhood teachers in planning, facilitating, and assessing “minds-on” science experiences
for young children. She is a science advisor to the award-winning preschool science/math
show “Curious George” and has developed science and literacy materials for children,
teachers, and families for PEEP and the Big Wide World and The Cat and the Hat Knows
a Lot about That! She also teaches in the early childhood department at UMass. Boston.
Beth Van Meeteren
Beth Van Meeteren is a veteran early childhood classroom teacher of 24 years with
an M.A. in Literacy and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focus
is STEM in early childhood, with an emphasis on engineering. She has co-created
and delivers a series of professional development workshops on early childhood STEM
and literacy. In addition to journal publications, key note addresses, panel discussions
and guest blogs on STEM in early childhood, Dr. Van Meeteren has authored two chapters
within the book, An Inquiry Teaching Model for Early Childhood: Ramps and Pathways
that has just been approved for publication by the Teachers College Press Editorial
Advisory Board. She currently serves as Director of the Regents’ Center for Early
Developmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa where she also teaches
courses in early literacy and STEM integration. The Regents’ Center is home to the
Center for Early Education in STEM.
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