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Steven J. Long (Chair), Science Teacher, Rogers High School, Rogers, AR


Long currently teachers AP Chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry, and ChemCom at Rogers High School (RHS) in Rogers, Arkansas.  RHS currently houses 1800 students in grades 11-12, but will split into two 9-12 high schools in 2008-09, each with a student population of over 1600.  Rogers Public Schools have experienced significant diversification ove the past decade and ahve a current student population of about 65 percent Caucasian, 30 percent Hispanic, and five percent Asian and AfricanAmerican students. Steve has served as the RHS Science Department Chair since 1997, and was the Rogers Public Schools Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist from 2001-2007 coordinating the swcience instruction for 5,000 students in grades 6-12 and the professional development of about 45 secondary science teachers. He serves on local and national committees, and he is a frequent participant and prsenter at state and national conferences.


In his 33-year career, Long has taught chemistry, biology, earth science, and life science. He is active in professional organzations including the National Science Teachers Association, the Arkansas Science Teachers Association, and the American Chemical Society. Steve served on the Board of Directors of NSTA as the elected High School Director from June 2005-May 2007. Currently, he is a member of the NSTA Executive Director Search Committee. He has also been a national teacher leader/trainer for the ACS ChemCom program since 1995, and has been involved with both the third and Fifth Editions of the ChemCom textbook.  He was a presenter for the Flinn Scientific Foundation Summer Chemistry Workshops from 2002-2006. Long has written a semi-annual column for the Journal of Chemical Educaiton since 1997; he has written commentary articles for The Science Teacher; and he has co-authored a chapter with Dr. Mary Kirchhoff for the ACS publication (in progress), Chemistry and the National Science Education Standards, 2 Ed.


Long has received numerous awards for his leadership, service, and classroom instruction including the 2001 Milken National Educator Award, semi-finalist for the National Teacher Hall of Fame in 2003, the 2000-01 American Chemistry Council regional Catalyst Award, the 1998 ACS Southwest Region High School Chemistry Teaching Award, and the 1996 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. In addition, Steve was the first teacher in Arkansas to achieve National Board certification in AYA Science in 2000. He is passionate about teaching and about chemistry.

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 Juliana Jones (Vice-Chair), Algebra Teacher, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley, CA


Jones teaches Algebra I at Longfellow Middle School in the Berkeley Unified School District. She has been teaching since 1996 in both Southern and Northern California. She also was a director for Score! Educational Centers in New York and California. Most recently she taught for 7 years in the Oakland Unified School District before moving to Berkeley schools.


Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Mathematics and a Masters of Arts degree with a focus on mathematics education from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. She received National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Mathematics in 2003 and went on to coach other teachers in Oakland to achieve National Board Certification. Juliana has served as a Teacher Leader for the Bay Area Math Project and participated in the Region 4 California Subject Matter Project Planning Meeting. She is an original member of the California Teacher Advisory Council which was founded in 2005. In 2006, she served on an NSF Review Panel for Academies for Young Scientists and wrote an article about teaching mathematics and science for UCLA’s alumni magazine. She was the only teacher to serve on the California Council on Science and Technology’s State Response to “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” Education Task Force. In 2007, she was named Oakland Unified’s Teacher of the Year and then Alameda County's Teacher of the Year. In 2008 Juliana was a panel speaker for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation Algebra Summit and she also won an Education Foundation Grant for Prudential California.


Jone's career path was featured in the book Making a Difference: Developing Meaningful Careers in Education published in 2009. This year, Juliana has served as a CalTeach Mentor and did a live interview on math education on KPFA 94.1, a local listener sponsored free speech radio station.



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Nancy Arroyo, Mathematics Teacher, Riverside High School, El Paso, TX


Arroyo is a middle school mathematics teacher at Riverside High School (serving a 98% Hispanic student population) in El Paso, Texas.  For the last seven years, she has served as department head for math and for the last two years she has been the Math Lead Teacher for her school.  For the next four years, she will be the district’s lead AP teacher under a grant from Dell.  She will work with teachers and students to help them better prepare for Advanced Placement courses. 


Prior to coming to Riverside, Ms. Arroyo taught at the Green Gates School, a British International Baccalaureate School, in Mexico City, at the University of Puerto Rico, and at Nuestra Senora de la Merced.  She completed her undergraduate work in mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico in 1976, where she completed all required courses for a Masters Degree in Pure Mathematics in 1987.  She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Mathematical Education from Instituto Nacional Politecnico de Mexico in Mexico City in 1994.



Arroyo admits to a tremendous love for teaching, and she continually works to provide new ways to meet the needs of all of her students.  Her school webpage is filled with links that students find useful when in her classes.  During the upcoming year, representatives from the College Board will return a second time to film her classroom, and will use the material in their internet “courses” for other AP teachers.  She was the Riverside High School Teacher of the Year in 2003, the same year she was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  Nancy served on an NSF Presidential Award Panel in 2005 and the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Panel in 2005.  In addition, she was President of the Greater El Paso Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 2005-2007.She has taught grade levels 7 though 12 including regular and advanced math as well as AP calculus, and has worked in both public and private schools.  She co-authored a Geometry textbook which is used in the public educational system of Puerto Rico.




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Charlene Dindo, Director, Pelican’s Nest Science Lab, Fairhope, AL


Dindo taught self-contained kindergarten for eighteen years before moving to her current position as the marine science resource teacher for the twenty-six K-1 classes at the Fairhope K-1 Center in Fairhope, Alabama, where she also serves as technology coordinator. In addition, she conducts marine field experiences for K-5 classes from throughout Baldwin County, Alabama. She is passionate about the work she does at the Pelican’s Nest Science Lab; she not only helped design the building, she developed the program and did extensive fund raising for the project as well. She believes that elementary teachers won’t have a passion for that which they don’t experience (i.e. science), and she is trying to change that through her work at the lab. She received her B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1984) degrees in Early Childhood Education and has since taken several courses in technology in education.


In 2003, Dindo served as an Einstein Fellow, working at the National Science Foundation, Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education division, in Arlington, Virginia. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2001. In 2000, she received both the Sea World Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Award and the NSTA Outstanding Environmental Educator Award. She has received numerous other awards including the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in 1993. She has pursued and received grant monies for her district totally nearly $100,000.



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Kenneth Huff, Mill Middle School, Williamsville, NY
Huff has just completed his 18th year of teaching, and he currently teaches 6th grade science (integrated physical and life sciences) at Mill Middle School (grades 5-8, 859 students), where he also serves as science team leader and staff development coordinator. He earned both his B.S. degree, with a concentration in special education, and his M.S. degree, with a concentration in curriculum, from SUNY College at Buffalo. He heartily endorses the principles set out in Ready, Set, SCIENCE!, and recently had an article published in NSTA’s middle level journal, Science Scope about his work with the SSSNOW project – Students Synthesizing Snow data in Natural Objectives Ways. Throughout the project, supported by a Toyota Tapestry grant, he incorporated the four strands of science outlined in RSS.
Huff has been extremely active professionally, and has served on committees and boards at the state level (Department of Education, STANYS – Science Teachers Association of New York State) and at the national level (NSTA, American Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics). He has been recognized numerous times with awards for his teaching and, in 2006, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2006, and he is currently working on his National Board Certification.
Huff is particularly interested in how professional development is disseminated to teachers and how to most effectively assess students and teachers. As a long time Associate of the Academies Teacher Advisory Council, he has a strong interest in developing a state Teacher Advisory Council for New York.
Mary Marguerite (Margo) Murphy

Mary Marguerite (Margo) Murphy, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, ME


Murphy currently teaches freshman integrated science and a junior level botany class at Camden Hills Regional HS, where she also serves as a technology integration team leader. CHRHS serves 660 students from 5 communities. Margo received her B.S. in forest management in 1985, and her M.Ed. in secondary science education in 1992, both from the University of Maine, Orono. She is one course shy of earning her assistant principal certification. Prior to coming to Camden Hills Regional, She taught science for 22 years at Georges Valley HS where she served as department chair, K-12 science team facilitator, HS-MLTI Teacher leader, NCLB Teacher Quality PD Coordinator, and Eisenhower/Title II Coordinator. Since 2007, she has been the advisor for Windplanner, a team of students attempting to raise $500,000 for a 100 kilowatt wind turbine for the school; they have raised all but $100,000.


Murphy has served on numerous local and state committees, and was a member of the Board on Science Education (BOSE) in the Center for Education at the National Academies from 2004 – 2006 where she was involved with the development of Taking Science to School and Ready, Set, SCIENCE! She has been an Associate member of the Academies Teacher Advisory Council since 2002. In 2003, she became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in earth science, and she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1994. Throughout her career, she has authored and received several grants to support her department and her students. She is particularly interested in finding ways to support new teachers by helping them to find success early, and encourage those veteran teachers who are “comfortable” into a more reflective practice.

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Jennifer Sinsel, Science Teacher, Bostic Elementary School, Wichita, KS
Sinsel currently teaches gifted elementary students in Wichita, KS, an urban school district serving approximately 50,000 students. She received her B.S. in Earth Science Education in 1997 and her M.S. in Space Studies in 2000, both from the University of North Dakota. Recently, she completed a second Master’s program in Gifted Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has 11 years of teaching experience, and she loves using science to excite her students about learning. Each year, she uses the knowledge she has gained through numerous space-related fellowships, including a National Space Biomedical Research Institute Teacher Academy Fellowship and a NASA Ames Airspace Systems Educator Fellowship, to integrate aerospace activities into reading, writing, and mathematics.
In 2003, Sinsel was selected as one of 35 teachers from across the country to interview for a NASA Astronaut position. She has also received numerous awards for her teaching, including Kansas Aerospace Educator of the Year, AIAA Educator of the Year, and the National Middle Level Science Teacher’s Award for Creative Teaching and Leadership. She has traveled the country presenting teacher workshops with an aerospace emphasis, and she recently published two teacher’s guides containing standards-based science activities in order to further share her ideas with others.
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Sheikisha Thomas, AP Biology Teacher, Oxon Hill High School, Greenbelt, MD


Thomas is a biology teacher at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD. She began her career in 2000 teaching middle level science, before moving to Bowie High School in Bowie, MD, where she taught AP biology and served as the biology team leader for six years. She is currently redesigning the advanced placement biology course and the research practicum program at Oxon Hill High School, one of three schools in the Prince George’s County Public School System to offer the Science & Technology Program, a magnet program with a highly selective admissions process. She continues to serve her school community by organizing events and programs to raise awareness of science careers, increase parental involvement, and strengthen partnerships with local businesses and universities. As teacher leader at the district level, she has been a member of several science curriculum writing teams and a professional development facilitator.

Sheikisha’s passion for learning and teaching inspires her to stretch beyond her comfort zone to new experiences that provide opportunities to share and grow as a science educator.  In 2010-11, she served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in the Office of Congressman Michael Honda in Washington, DC. During that time, she organized a Hill briefing to educate staffers on policy recommendations of the National Research Council report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. In the summer of 2009, she was an environmental science education teacher research fellow at the Chesapeake Biological Research Lab. She travelled to Matura, Trinidad the summer of 2011 to research leatherback sea turtles. Recently, she was selected to work in a research lab at the University of Maryland, as an ExPERT participant. 
Mrs. Thomas has been recognized on several occasions with awards for excellence in teaching and in 2009 she became a National Board Certified Teacher in science. Mrs. Thomas received her B.A. in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.A. in teaching from Bowie State University. She participated in a post-baccalaureate program in the College of Life Science at the University of Maryland, and she received a post master’s certificate in professional teaching standards from the George Washington University. 


 Mike Town

Michael Town, Science Teacher, Redmond High School, Duvall, WA


Town is a teacher in advanced placement environmental science, environmental engineering and sustainable design at Redmond High School in Redmond, WA. In his 26 years of teaching, all at Redmond High School, Mr. Town has taught biology, chemistry, astronomy, forest ecology, horticulture, and algebra. For the past 12 years, he has taught advanced placement environmental science, and he recently developed a course called environmental engineering and sustainable design. Both of these courses are CTE (Career and Technical Education) certified, and the AP course is dual credited with a local community college. In 2009 – 2110, Mr. Town served as an Einstein Fellow, working as a STEM education policy analyst with the National Science Board through his placement at the National Science Foundation. In addition to other projects and activities, he researched and wrote white papers on STEM education related issues, researched and wrote reports on STEM magnet schools, and attended and wrote reports on numerous Congressional briefings, panels, and conferences on STEM education. In addition, he co-coordinated a report from 32 Einstein Fellows on how the NSF could meet STEM education recommendations. Mr. Town served as a steering committee member on the NRC workshop on Climate Change Education and currently serves on the steering committee on the joint NRC/NAE project, Toward Integrated STEM Education. Mr. Town has received numerous awards and recognitions. Among them are the National Education Association Green Prize in 2010, North American Association for Environmental Education Outstanding Educator Award, Siemens Award for best AP STEM course in Washington State, and Amgen Science Teacher of the Year for 2004. Mr. Town received a B.S in environmental science from Huxley College, Western Washington University, and his M.Ed. in science education from the University of Washington.

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Claudia Walker, Mathematics Teacher, Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro, NC


Walker has been a teacher for twenty years, fifteen in three different Title I schools in Greensboro, North Carolina, and five in New Jersey. For the last five years, she has been teaching mathematics only at Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro, a K-5 school of 360 students. From September, 2009 through May, 2011, she participated in the development of a curriculum for elementary school teachers to acquire a math add-on licensure in order to develop math concepts and implement math pedagogy in the elementary classroom.


Walker received her add-on Math Licensure for the state of North Carolina in May 2011. Her goal is to provide dynamic and innovative math instruction in the elementary classroom via collaboration with colleagues. She is currently a grant coordinator and Tech Team leader, providing training for K-4 teachers in her school. She received National Board Teacher Certification in 2003, and is currently in her first cycle of renewal. She has been trained in Singapore Math, was the grant writer and recipient for the NC Singapore Math Pilot Program in 2011, and is the Singapore Math Coach for her school. Claudia received a Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in 2010, and was selected by her peers as Teacher of the year for Murphey Traditional Academy in 2009. She received her BA degree from Rutgers University and her MA in Education, Curriculum and Technology from the University of Phoenix.

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Darren Wells, Science Teacher, James P. Timilty Middle School, Roxbury, MA


Wells is an Instructional Team/Science Teacher Leader in Middle School Science, Boston Public Schools. Mr. Wells appropriately called the “Nutty Professor” provides mentoring and training to new and veteran teachers in the middle school science curriculum for the Boston Public Schools. He is an integrated science classroom teacher and has taught for the past 14 years at James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury, MA. He has teaching experience in several areas in Hampton, Virginia, Hempstead, and Long Island New York and Brookline, Massachusetts. He firmly believes that this is the best time in education for teaching and learning of science and mathematics.


Wells is involved in many community/professional activities and has received numerous awards and grants. Just recently, he became the first teacher in Massachusetts to receive the MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award. As such, he earned a $5,000 grant for his school. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics in 2004.


Wells is an officer/member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, Network of Educator in Science and Technology at M.I.T., Tufts, Boston University and a Harvard Medical School Teacher/Mentor Fellow. He received his B.S/B.A. in Biology/Management from Hampton Institute in Virginia, M.Ed. in Mathematic, English, Science, Technology, Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a C.A.G.S. Instructional Leadership at Simmons College and continues to take graduated level courses in all of the domains of science and education with the hope of earning a Ph.D

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 Ex Officio:  Bruce Alberts, Professor of Biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco, CA


Alberts is past president of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., is a respected biochemist recognized for his work both in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is noted particularly for his extensive study of the protein complexes that allow chromosomes to be replicated, as required for a living cell to divide. He has spent his career making significant contributions to the field of life sciences, serving in different capacities on a number of prestigious advisory and editorial boards, including as chair of the Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council. Until his election as President of the Academy, he was president-elect of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Born in 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, Alberts graduated from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a degree in biochemical sciences. He earned a doctorate from Harvard University in 1965. He joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1966 and after ten years was appointed professor and vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 1980, he was awarded the honor of an American Cancer Society Lifetime Research Professorship. In 1985, he was named chair of the UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Alberts has long been committed to the improvement of science education, dedicating much of his time to educational projects such as City Science, a program seeking to improve science teaching in San Francisco elementary schools. He has served on the advisory board of the National Science Resources Center --  a joint project of the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution working with teachers, scientists, and school systems to improve teaching of science -- as well as on the National Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment. He is one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, considered the leading textbook of its kind and used widely in U.S. colleges and universities. His most recent text, Essential Cell Biology (1998), is intended to approach this subject matter for a wider audience. For the period 2000 to 2005, Dr. Alberts was the Co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a new advisory institution in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 science academies from around the world.

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 Betty Carvellas, Teacher Leader


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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