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.

Kate Baird
Kate Baird Dr. Kate Baird currently teaches Inquiry and Science Methods for Elementary Education at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Science has been a driving force for Dr. Baird since she was very young. She worked as a microbiologist at GIBCO then taught physical science and biology for six years at Elkhart Central High School before shifting to the college level. She served as an Assistant Professor of Science Education at Oklahoma State University and an Assistant Professor of Biology and Science Education at SUNY Oneonta. Dr. Baird continues to share her passion for learning science at the national, state and local levels via Science Matters, Workshops and Conferences.

Tommye Hutson, Ed.D.
Tommye Hutson Dr. Tommye Hutson is an assistant professor, teaching general science concepts and science methods at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She teaches the science content required for EC-6 generalist and 4-8 science certification as well as science methods for grades K-12. She also mentors 4-6 student teachers each year. She received her BS from Tarleton State University in 1984, a composite science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry, physics and Earth/space science. Her teaching career began in the fall of 1984. She spent 28 years, prior to her current university position, in middle and high schools settings in several midwestern and southern states. She received her MS in 1993 at Indiana University, South Bend, IN, with a concentration in curriculum and instruction. Her doctorate curriculum and instruction/teacher education was awarded in 2010 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She researched at-risk populations in rural schools and the effects of content-driven field trips on those students’ post-graduation training/career choices. Her current research agenda involves preservice teacher efficacy and nonverbal communication in the classroom.

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr is a science methods instructor for preservice teachers in a graduate program at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She concurrently works as a field trip instructor for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois and is an online advisor for the NSTA Learning Center. She holds an Ed S in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University, a CAS and M Ed from National-Louis University, and a BS in biological sciences from Central Michigan University. She has taught science methods courses for ten years and was a middle and high school science and math teacher for over 28 years. While she was a middle school teacher, she chaired regional and state committees for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS), received the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2008 “Those Who Excel” Award of Excellence, and was honored with her school district’s 2007 President’s Award. Her areas of interest and research include the legal issues that surround science safety in the classroom, science literacy, and best practices for teaching and learning. Carolyn enjoys attending (and presenting at) NSTA conferences.

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