Using the Learning Center as Your e-Textbook with Preservice Teachers

Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez 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 PD Record, 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.

Christine Royce
Christine Royce Dr. Christine Royce serves as Professor of Education at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She also served as District IV director on the NSTA council, and as Chair of the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Panel. She taught middle and high school science, served as the President of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA), and as PSTA Convention Chairperson in 2001 and 2005. She attended Cabrini College for her undergraduate degree, received a master's degree from Delaware State, and a master's from University of Scranton. Ms. Royce received her Ed.D. from Temple University.

Wendy Ruchti
Dr. Wendy Ruchti Dr. Wendy Ruchti is an assistant professor of science and STEM education at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho where she currently serves in the College of Education as the Accreditation Coordinator as well as the Assistant Chair of the department of Educational Foundations. She teaches Elementary Science Methods as well as other foundational courses for preservice teachers and also serves as an online advisor for NSTA. She received her BS in Zoology and Secondary Education in 1993 and then began her education career as a middle level science and mathematics teacher, most recently at the Pocatello Community Charter School, an Expeditionary Learning mentor school where deeper learning was the expectation. Dr. Ruchti received her MS and Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction/Science Education from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho in 2001 where she was a Presidential Doctoral Research fellow. She researched online learning and the development of proportional reasoning in middle school students. Her areas of interest and research are the integration of literacy in science, and reflection on evidence in emerging and practicing teachers.

Kathy Sparrow
Kathy Sparrow Dr. Kathy Sparrow is currently an adjunct professor at Florida International University (FIU), teaching Elementary Science Methods. She previously worked as a middle and high school science teacher as well as the Science Supervisor for Akron Public Schools. She was a Regional Director for SECO, served on the NSTA Board of Directors and was president of the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA). Kathy was also awarded the Outstanding National Science Supervisor Award in 1999.

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