NSTA Virtual Conference

Embracing STEM

Dr. Erin E. Peters-Burton Dr. Erin E. Peters-Burton

Dr. Erin E. Peters-Burton is the Donna R. and David E. Sterling Endowed Professor in Science Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She was a National Board Certified science secondary teacher for 15 years and was an Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow in 2006-2007 at NASA. She was a Principal Investigator for NSF-funded projects studying critical components of exemplary inclusive STEM high schools and elementary schools, and how self-regulated learning can support computational thinking. She is co-editor and contributing author of the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series published by NSTA Press.

Rodger Bybee Rodger Bybee

Dr. Bybee was Executive Director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado that develops curriculum materials, provides professional development for the science education community, and conducts research and evaluation on curriculum reform. Prior to joining BSCS, he was Executive Director of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE), in Washington, D.C. Between 1985 and 1995, he participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards, and between 1992–1995 he also chaired the content working group of that NRC project.

Over the years, Dr. Bybee has received many accolades as an educator and leader in science education. In 1979 he was Outstanding Science Educator of the Year. In 1989 he was recognized as one of the 100 outstanding alumni in the history of the University of Northern Colorado. In 1998, he was presented with the Distinguished Service to Science Education Award by the NSTA. In 2001, he received the first American Institute of Biological Sciences Education Award. In 2007, he received the Robert H. Carleton Award, NSTA’s highest honor for national leadership in science education.

David Evans David Evans

Dr. David L. Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.

Before joining the association in February 2013, Dr. Evans served as the Director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc. Prior to joining Noblis, Dr. Evans served as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he directed research and education activities and oversaw strategic planning, outreach, fundraising, and hiring for the national museum and several research institutions.

While at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration from 1993 to 2002, Dr. Evans served the organization in several different capacities. As the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR), Dr. Evans directed OAR's scientific research and development programs in coastal, ocean, marine, atmospheric, climate and space and geophysical sciences, through research laboratories and a network of university-based programs across the country. In 2001, Dr. Evans led the White House Global Climate Change Initiative, coordinating related activities of some 12 federal agencies.

Dr. Evans has authored numerous scientific publications, contributed to dozens of scholarly journals, and is a reviewer for Science magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied for his teaching certification at Villanova University.

Dr. Salvador A. Fernandez Dr. Salvador A. Fernandez

Dr. Salvador A. Fernandez is the founder, President and CEO of STEM Happens Network and the Lead Education Consultant for the GE Foundation. Dr. Salvador Fernandez has spent over 38 years in the field of education and has earned national recognition for his vision and commitment to education reform in STEM innovative practices. He previously held the position of Middle School Specialist in NYCDOE Office of Renewal, Executive Director for School Achievement, NYC middle school principal, Director of School Quality in the Office of Accountability for the New York City Department of Education and Director of School Assessment and Improvement.

Dr. Fernandez is a strong advocate for life-long learning which is why he was selected to participate in the Chancellor’s Incentive Doctoral Program where he graduated from St. John’s University in 2002 with the highest honors.

Rachael Manzer Rachael Manzer

Rachael Manzer is a STEM Coach for the Winchester Public Schools in CT. She has experience leading K-12 STEM Education as both a classroom teacher and a coordinator in rural, suburban, and urban districts. She has received numerous state and national awards for her work in STEM Education. Rachael Manzer has worked at NASA Langley Research Center developing innovative programs. Additionally, she is a past president of the Connecticut Science Teachers Association and is one of seven teachers selected to fly into space on commercial spaceflight through Teachers in Space. Rachael Manzer literally brings STEM Education to new heights.

Tricia Shelton Tricia Shelton

Tricia Shelton is a High School Science Teacher and Teacher Leader with a BS in Biology and Masters in Teaching, who has worked for 22 years 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 the state of 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 Teachers Association in the role of Standards Implementation Specialist.

Kate Soriano Kate Soriano

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; 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 New Jersey K–12 teachers in their transition toward the Next Generation Science Standards as a curriculum and professional development specialist with the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Kate serves on the EQuIP Science Peer Review Panel and is an NSTA instructional coach of three-dimensional teaching and learning. She holds a BS in geology and geophysics from Boston College, an MS in geology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an MA in education from Humboldt University.

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