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.

G. Nathan Carnes
Tommye Hutson Dr. Nate Carnes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education (ITE) and Program Coordinator for the Middle Level Education degree. After several years of teaching science in Ohio elementary and middle classrooms, he joined USC in 1996. His research interests include inquiry teaching and learning issues in elementary and middle level science classrooms and preservice teachers' images of science teaching and learning. He primarily teaches science methods and classroom management courses. In addition to teaching, his service record includes serving on the international Association for Science Teacher Education and South Carolina Science Academy boards, Middle Level Program Coordinator, reviewer for international and national journals, and participation on College and ITE committees. He is a member of several science education and Middle Level professional organizations.

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