Teacher Advisory Council
The National Academies
500 5th St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Betty Carvellas, Teacher Leader (offsite)
Betty Carvellas retired in 2007 after teaching science for 39 years at the middle and high school levels. She was a founding member of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) and currently serves as the Teacher Leader for the TAC. Her interests include interdisciplinary teaching, connecting “school” science to the real world, and bringing the practice of science into the classroom. Throughout her career, she traveled extensively on her own and with students. Her professional service includes work at the local, state and national levels. She served as co-chair of the education committee and was a member of the executive board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and is a past president of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Included among her awards are the Outstanding Science Teacher-Vermont (1981), Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (1984), and a Christa McAuliffe fellowship. In 2001, she was selected for an NSF program, Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic, and she has since participated in eight research expeditions in the Arctic. In 2008, she was designated a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies. She received her BA from Colby College, her MS from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Vermont.
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Mary Ann Kasper, Senior Program Assistant
Mary Ann Kasper is a senior program assistant with the Committee on National Statistics and also provides support to the Teacher Advisory Council. While at the NRC she has worked for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education on a number of its projects, including those for the Center for Education, and for the Board on Environmental Change and Society. Before coming to the NRC, her administrative background included work in the legal and exploration divisions in the oil industry, in international banking, and in human resources.
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Jay Labov, Director of the Teacher Advisory Council,
Senior Scientist and Senior Advisor for Education and Communication for the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences
Jay B. Labov is Senior Advisor for Education and Communication for the National Research Council (NRC) and National Academy of Sciences. He has directed or contributed to 24 National Academies reports focusing on undergraduate educationm teacher education, advanced study for high school students, K-8 education, and international education. He has served as Director of committees on K-12 and undergraduate science education, the National Academies’ Teacher Advisory Council, and was Deputy Director for the Academy's Center for Education. He directed a committee of the NAS and the Institute of Medicine that authored Science, Evolution, and Creationism and oversees the NAS's efforts to confront challenges to teaching evolution in the nation’s public schools. He oversees efforts at the Academy to work with professional societies and with state academies of science on education issues. He also oversees work on improving education in the life sciences under the aegis of the NRC’s Board on Life Sciences.
Dr. Labov is an organismal biologist by training. Prior to accepting his position at the Academy in 1997, he spent 18 years on the biology faculty at Colby College (Maine). He is a Kellogg National Fellow, a Fellow in Education of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, and a 2013 recipient of the "Friend of Darwin" award from the National Center for Science Education. In 2013 he was elected to a three year term beginning in 2014 in which he will serve as chair-elect, chair and past chair of the Education Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014 he was named a Lifetime Honorary Member by the National Association of Biology Teachers, that organization’s highest award and recognition.
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| ||Matthew Lammers, Program Coordinator|
Matthew Lammers is a program coordinator with the Board on Science Education, the Board on Testing and Assessment, and the Teacher Advisory Council.
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