Al Byers
Al Byers 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 Tech.

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
Flavio Mendez 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, Maryland.

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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