The NSTA Learning Center - PD Resources and Tools for Teachers
Flavio Mendez is the NSTA Learning Center Senior Director at the National Science Teachers Association. Mr. Mendez has over fifteen years of experience in formal and informal outreach and education activities, as Education Coordinator for the Hubble Space Telescope education program, and as Director of two exhibits and professional development programs for K-12 educators at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
At NSTA Mr. Mendez is responsible for the management of the Learning Center's state and district partnerships and the help desk. He oversees the implementation of the Center's resources, i.e., SciPacks, SciGuides, Web Seminars, Podcasts, Short Courses, etc. and the development of the PD tools like My PD Plan & Portfolio, My Library, My Calendar, My Transcript, etc. Mr. Mendez also teaches courses in astronomy to pre- and in-service teachers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is one of NASA's JPL Solar System Educators.
Paul Tingler is the Online Short Course Director at the National Science Teachers
Association. Mr. Tingler has been involved in science education for nearly 20 years
as science teacher in both a large, public, suburban school and a small, private,
urban Catholic school. He has worked at the state level in standardized test evaluation,
at the District level on curriculum writing and development, and has provided professional
development in-service opportunities for faculty and staff both within and outside
of his former districts. Mr. Tingler has also provided online professional development
as an adjunct instructor with Pearson Achievement Solutions.
At NSTA, Mr. Tingler formerly served as the Project Director of the New Science
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