Flavio Mendez is the Assistant Executive Director for University Partnerships and eLearning at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). In this role he supports university/college instructors in their work with science pre-service teachers. Mendez also manages NSTA’s District and School Partners Programs. Prior to working at NSTA, Mendez worked on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope project as Education Specialist and at the Maryland Science Center as Director of Space and Earth Science Update Center exhibits. He earned a BS in Space Sciences from Florida Tech and an MS in Instructional Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.