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.

Wendy Ruchti, Ph.D
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.

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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