Professional Book Study
Tricia Shelton has spent the last 22 years as a Science Teacher and Teacher Leader in Kentucky driven by a passion to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in a 21st century world. Tricia is a 2014 NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award winner for her contributions to and demonstrated excellence in Science Teaching. In Kentucky, Tricia served on the Commissioner’s Teacher’s Advisory Council and Commissioner’s Assessment Work Group. Tricia works with educators as an EQuIP Rubric trainer for Achieve, and has joined the National Science Teaching Association in the role of Standards Implementation Specialist.
Jessica Holman is a Special Education Teacher in Boone County, Kentucky. She has worked in education for eight years in North Carolina and Kentucky. She is active in her role as a science teacher leader in her school district, collaborates with peers, and integrates instruction into her blended learning classroom. As a Teacher Leader, Jessica has worked with educators across the state of Kentucky to communicate educational strategies that support the learning and growing of fellow teachers.
Kate Soriano began her career as a geologist for the EPA’s Superfund program. Her work explaining science to affected communities made her realize that many people did not have access to a high-quality science education and she wanted to change that. Kate now has more than 20 years of experience teaching K–12 students science in both formal and informal educational settings. Currently, she is supporting teachers in their transition toward the Next Generation Science Standards. Kate is a NSTA NGSS Professional Learning Facilitator and Instructional Coach. She also serves on the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science. She holds a BS Geology and Geophysics from Boston College, a MS Geology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a MA Education from Humboldt State University.