Mr. Albert Byers is the Assistant Executive Director of Government Partnerships
and e-Learning at the National Science Teachers Association. He serves in an executive
role ensuring the timely and high quality production and design of the NSTA Learning
Center, a single-access portal that will enhance educators’ use of all of NSTA’s
professional development resources and tools.
Mr. Byers has successfully managed large-scale technology endeavors such as the
National Science Foundation (NSF) Webwatchers Program, the NSF International Polar
Year Symposia and Web Seminars programs and is serving as Co-PI on a third NSF grant
leading NSTA’s metatagging initiative across all of NSTA’s professional development
goods and services. Mr. Byers has completed an extensive series of graduate studies,
documented by his peer-reviewed publications, in instructional technology at Virginia
Prior to Mr. Byers graduate studies, he worked on the staff of Oklahoma State University
as an instructor and Aerospace Education Specialist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center and assisted Goddard and the Space Telescope Science Institute in the design,
development, implementation, and evaluation of NASA education support curriculum.
During Mr. Byers tenure at NASA he received a National Group Achievement Award in
1997 for his contribution on the Space Experiment Module education program. Mr.
Byers began his career as a physical science educator, holds teaching certificates
in secondary science, mathematics and middle school, has taught at the Virginia
Governor’s School for the Gifted, and received recognition as one of Chesterfield
County, Virginia’s Teachers of the Year.
Flavio Mendez is the Symposia and Web Seminars Director at the National Science
Teachers Association. Mr. Mendez has over fourteen 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,
At NSTA Mr. Mendez uses his formal training in Space Sciences and Instructional
Systems Development to produce high quality, face-to-face and online, programs to
science teachers across the country. 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.
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