NSTA Nashville is coming!
APAST will be holding its
Annual Business Meeting and Social
Friday, April 1st
Broadway B – Omni Nashville Hotel
All APAST Members welcome!
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2016 APAST Election
Candidate Position Statements
Position of President-elect: Nancy Foote
Nancy Foote teaches 8th grade physics in the Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, AZ. Foote earned a BS (chemistry, minor physics – Loyola University) and was an Industrial Chemist for The Sherwin Williams Company. Nancy earned an MEd (Arizona State University). She spent 25+ years in education, as a teacher, principal and district administrator.
She is a NASA Heliophysics ambassador, participated in Northrup Grumman’s Weightless Flight of Discovery. She helped found Prime the Pipeline, an NSF-funded project to advance STEM careers. Nancy is the lead scientist for STEM in the Middle, a HELIOS Foundation project to improve middle school STEM teaching. Nancy received over $50,000 in classroom grants. Her You Tube channel received more than 320,000 views.
Nancy is an NBCT and AZ Master Teacher. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Award, was named the AZ Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.
Professional activities and honors
Edmodo certified trainer – present; NSTA – National and state conferences, presenter, 2004 – present; Prime the Pipeline – and NSF funded grant – 2008 – 2011; STEM in the Middle – a Helios Foundation Grant – lead science teacher, 2011 – 2014; Siemens STEM Academy/Discovery Education Fellow, 2012; NASA Heliophysics Ambassador, 2010; Master Teacher Leadership Seminar – Participant, 2004; Faculty in Residence, 2005; Town of Gilbert – Educator of the Year, 2015 – 2016; Best of Gilbert – Best Middle School Teacher, 2015; Sossaman Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2015; Arizona Superbowl STEM Superhero, 2014; Arizona Middle School Science Teacher of the Year, 2012 – 2013; Lego Educator Advisory Panel, 2010 – 2013; Teacher of the Year – izzit.org, 2008 – 2009; National Selection Committee Member PAEMST 2006, 2007, 2008; Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2003; Crayola Gold Star Teacher, 2006; RadioShack National Teacher Award, Outstanding Teacher, 1999-2000
I believe passionately that there are many ways that APAST can provide additional support to its members. Here are my top three.
- Our social media presence needs to be improved. In addition to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, APAST should make a clearinghouse for high quality, scientifically sound and classroom-tested science resources. Combining NGSS and CCCS is an overwhelming task that becomes reasonable with joint effort.
- APAST should provide teachers with grant resources – not only a current list of grants available but sample proposals and suggestions so that financially strapped schools can provide their students with the science experiences necessary to be successful learners.
- APAST should continue their partnership with businesses and should consider expanding those partnerships to include additional businesses and additional opportunities for member participation in those partnerships. Partnerships with the business community can go far in advancing the visibility and usefulness of APAST.
Position of Secretary: Donna Governor
I was the 2007 Presidential Awardee for Georgia, and am currently teaching Earth Systems and AP Environmental at the high school level. This is my 32nd year teaching, both in Florida and Georgia. I taught at the elementary level for 15 years, middle school for 14 years and am in my third year at North Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA. I hold advanced degrees in Elementary & Early Childhood education, Curriculum and Instruction and earned my PhD from the University of Georgia in Science Education in 2011.
Professional activities and honors
I served on the Board of the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) in multiple positions from 2010 – 2016, including President and Executive Director. I’ve been actively involved and also served as the organization’s webmaster from 2010-2015. I served as the District Director for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) from 2013-2016. I’ve been on the NSTA conference committee for both a regional and a national conference. I’ve been an active presenter at state, regional and national conferences for more than twenty years. Awards received include the 2014 Outstanding Georgia Earth Science Teacher, Semi-finalist for the 2011 Shell Science Teaching Award, and Teacher of the Year at Hallmark Elementary School (1998) and Liberty Middle School (2007). I have authored a number of articles for professional magazines including Science Scope, the Astronomy Teacher and have been published in the International Journal of Science Education.
As a classroom teacher I believe students need to be engaged in the practices of science and discover the joys of active learning. My students explore real data, take leadership roles in family science night events and explore concepts with hands-on learning on a daily basis. Science literacy has never been more critical than now as society deals with issues such as climate change, overpopulation, the need for alternative energy and environmental degradation caused by human resource development. APAST needs to take a leadership role in finding solutions by promoting science literacy in society. We need a strong web presence and should help past awardees continue to be at the forefront of science education. If elected I will bring my past leadership experiences in both GSTA and NSTA to APAST to improve communication through the website, promote professional development and networking for our members, and connect to opportunities with other organizations.
Position of District 5 Director – Charlene Dindo
2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Alabama Elementary Science; Retired 2014; 1997-2013/Director of the Pelican’s Nest Science Lab/Fairhope Elementary Fairhope, Alabama; Early Childhood Education/Masters /University of South Alabama
Professional activities and honors
NOAA facilitator for Ocean Explorer workshops “Learning Ocean Science Through Ocean Exploration”, “Why Do We Explore?” and “How Do We Explore”, Dauphin Island Sea Lab. 2007-15
Alabama State Department of Education/ PAEMST Mentor K-12 teachers 2003-15
NSTA journal, Science and Children, manuscript reviewer 2003-15
National Academies of Science/Standing Board for Teacher Advisory Council 2005-14
Alabama Science Teachers Association/Elementary Director 2008-13
APAST District 5 Director/2012-2014
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow 2002-03 – National Science Foundation/ proposal reviews/ worked with PAESMT program, Award Week and National Review Selection Team.
SeaWorld Bush Gardens Environmental Excellence Award/Outstanding Environmental Excellence Award in 2001/National Science Teachers Association.
Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow/American Association of University Women 1994
Christa McAuliffe Fellow/Alabama 1993-1994 – She developed a marine science program for elementary students. She worked with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and made two dives on the Johnson Sea Link Submersible in the Bahamas to 1,800 feet to study deep-water sea urchins.
She has presented many sessions over the years at the State and National NSTA conferences on science and young children and promoted the PAESMT program.
Her presentations at the National Marine Education Association conferences has allowed networking in coastal cities of the U.S. She has lead workshops for K-12 teachers in marine and environmental science in El Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Spanish Bay and Blackbird Caye in Belize, and Maui, Hawaii.
She will work diligently with educational organizations across our nation to provide resources, materials, collaboration, networking and professional development for teachers to strengthen STEM instruction in the classroom. “Our PAEMST Awardees have much to offer across our country and APAST serves to validate their recognition and pull together the expertise of those who are committed to fortify science teaching. I will communicate with those awardees in District Five the ongoing mission of APAST and offer assistance as needed.”
Position of District 7 Director – Jason Crean
Jason J. Crean, Illinois, 2009, is currently in his 20th year teaching, the last fifteen of these at Lyons Township High School in Western Springs, Illinois. He is also an adjunct Professor of Biology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Crean is a curriculum designer and professional development coordinator for the Teacher Programs held at the Chicago Zoological Society and chairs the Education Committee for the American Federation of Aviculture. Crean holds an undergraduate degree in biology and a Master’s degree in Curricular & Instructional Technology. He holds an educational administration certificate and holds an additional Master’s degree in biology from Western Illinois University. He has also earned a graduate certificate in Zoo & Aquarium Science from WIU and is currently working on his dissertation in order to complete a doctorate in Teacher Leadership. He also runs a free live animal education program to help increase student interest in science.
Professional Activities & Honors:
Crean is teacher liaison for his district’s Science Articulation Committee, sponsor of his school’s Zoology Club, and Biology Team Leader. Crean is President-elect for the Illinois Science Teachers Association and Vice-President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers. He frequently presents at conferences held by NABT and NSTA, sits on the College Board’s National Science Advisory Panel, is an HHMI Teacher Ambassador, and is APAST’s District 7 Director. In addition to PAEMST, Crean has been awarded the NSTA’s Making a Difference award, NABT’s Ecology-Environmental Science Teaching, Excellence in Encouraging Equity and Outstanding Biology Teacher awards, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Saint Xavier University, Lyons Township High School Vita Plena Award, the Illinois State Outstanding Teacher of Science Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) High School Leadership Award, the Toyota Tapestry Grant, and was named one of four 2011 National Finalists for the Shell Science Lab Challenge.
My teaching philosophy has always involved bringing real science into the classroom which I have done by working directly with scientists from around the world and incorporating their data into learning activities. Students learn best by doing and sense-making and we, as an organization, can do this by introducing them to the fascinating research that is taking place on our planet. As a Director, I would like to increase our presence, both virtually on the Internet and at conferences and other meetings across the country. I think it is vital to the future of our organization that we place an emphasis on networking and mentoring and maintain a more continuous flow of communication. I would like to communicate more frequently with awardees and keep them informed about special activities where we would have an opportunity to have a presence and help steer the direction of science education in our country.
Position of District 11 Director – Marian DeWane
My name is Marian DeWane and I earned my award in 2009 for Idaho. I have a B.S., M.S., Ed.S., and am NBCT in Chemistry. My preferred e-mail is email@example.com. I retired from the Meridian School District in Meridian, Idaho after 30 years of teaching primarily AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science. I now do a variety of things all of which center around helping teachers to hone their crafts and helping schools and districts to improve instruction through student centered strategies and vertical alignment. I also am a Science Consultant, Visiting Instructor, College Board Teacher and Consultant Mentor, UCLA and UCI online instructor, American Chemical Society mentor of new teachers, Chemistry content consultant, AP Chemistry Exam Question writer and grader, and author for Pearson Publishing, College Board, and McGraw-Hill.
Professional Activities and Honors
I am a College Board Consultant in Chemistry giving presentations about AP and Pre-AP programs and strategies to increase student learning. I am also on the College Board Consultant Advisory Panel, the College Board Chemistry panel and serve as the National Trainer. I write questions for Educational Testing Services Chemistry and Environmental Science Exams and for American Chemical Society (ACS) on the Chemistry Olympiad Exam. I have authored five Chemistry Manuals, presented at the ACS National Conference Chemical Education, and presented at the College Board Annual Conference. I am the secretary for the Biennial of Chemical Education (BCE) Committee, Treasurer for the ACS Snake River Section, and sectional coordinator for the ACS Chemistry Olympiad. I have served for PAEMST on the selection committee for winners of the Presidential Award in Science Teaching. I have won the College Board Teacher Award and my school’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Communication is the most important function of a district director. They MUST encourage members to nominate others for the award, disseminate materials to members, and keep members informed of opportunities and updates within APAST. First and foremost, starting with current members in District 11, we need to develop a group of teachers as the lead contacts in each state. Then the task of identifying past award winners in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon is imperative. Many are inactive and should be encouraged to be a part of this organization as well as to help encourage and mentor other past award winners to be mentors to those applying. I also want to encourage APAST members to create a presence at each states science meetings and have a table explaining the program. I look forward to have the opportunity to make APAST a viable organization in District 11.
No candidates were nominated for the following APAST positions:
District 1 Director
District 3 Director
District 9 Director
President’s Message – December, 2015
The holidays are upon us once again after just a few months of the new school year. Where does time go? And, once again, APAST’s Presidential Awardees across the nation are providing first-rate science instruction to thousands of students.
This is a very exciting time for science educators. As a result of all the thought that has gone into the NGSS and all the talk that has swirled about STEM, all of us should be re-thinking the way we teach science to students and the way we assess their learning. After decades of modest improvements in science education, we may be on the cusp of something truly significant.
APAST should be at the forefront of the evolution of science education. However, I am sorry to report that the organization has not emerged as a leader in this area. For obvious selfish reasons I prefer to believe that it has not been the result of poor leadership in APAST, but I will share part of the blame. I prefer to believe that the biggest problem has been caused by APAST members being so busy with their professional lives that they cannot afford to devote significant time/effort to APAST initiatives. Please consider getting more involved in APAST initiatives. Also, please urge other Presidential Awardees you know to join APAST.
A series of computer issues has caused problems with our membership records. We are currently working through back records to reconstruct the accuracy of our current membership records. Please be patient with us regarding this.
Please expect to get at least three emails from me in January. One will be the ballot for APAST’s 2016 elections, one will be about the status of your membership, and one will be about ways to contribute to APAST initiatives.
Happy holidays and have a wonderful New Year.
APAST President’s Message – July, 2015
We are in the midst of summer, and that means that most of us are getting a well-deserved break to regain our full energy and reflect on how to become even better science educators. I hope you all have a wonderful summer.
At long last, the White House recently announced the PAEMST recipients (secondary teachers) for 2013 (!). Please reach out to the recipients in your state to congratulate them. The 2013 PAEMST recipients were recognized at The White House at the end of July. Let’s hope that the 2014 and 2015 recipients will follow shortly.
One of the NSF’s policies related to confidentiality prevents them from sharing the email addresses of the new recipients with APAST. We always offer the new recipients a free, one year membership in APAST, but if we don’t know their contact information it becomes very difficult. Please find out the contact information for the new recipients in your state (and any other state if you know it) and send the contact information to me at my NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you. And, keep up the good work!
Here is the official White House Press Release complete with list of this cycle’s awardees:
President’s Message – January 14, 2015
We have started the new year in smashing style here in Connecticut —- over the last 3 days we’ve had eight small earthquakes. A swarm such as this is a rarity in Connecticut. As long as they don’t get more energetic than the biggest (3.3), it is just a curiosity. I’m sure a lot of you have experienced much more frightening quakes.
I hope that 2015 is off to a good start for you. I also hope that you will be able to attend the APAST functions that will be occurring at the NSTA Conference in Chicago. The two functions (both to be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place) are:
- APAST Business Meeting and Social – 3:30-5:30 pm, Friday, March 13 in Regency D
- APAST Breakfast – 7:00-9:00 am, Saturday, March 14 (This event will be sponsored by National Geographic Learning. Pre-registration for this will be required, and details about pre-registration will be announced in a few weeks). What better way to celebrate Einstein’s birthday!
On another note, a few years ago we transitioned to having memberships begin on April 1 and end on March 31. We thought it would be easy for people to remember. However, we have had many people tell us that they didn’t know when to pay their dues. So, if you wish, pay your dues for next year now —- we can extend your membership to March 31, 2016 or beyond. You can pay dues using a credit card on our website (www.apast.org) or pay by check.
I sincerely hope you attend our functions in Chicago — we look forward to hearing your thoughts on how to make APAST a more effective and influential organization.
We hope you enjoyed the APAST events at NSTA Boston!
APAST Breakfast Meeting
Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education
APAST Business Meeting & Social
Sponsored by Ward’s Science
Assuming the Presidency of APAST, Fred Myers
President-elect: Linda Lee Smith
Secretary: Nancy Foote
District 1 Director: Kathy Renfrew
District 3 Director: Alma Miller
District 5 Director: Charlene Dindo
District 7 Director: Jason Crean
We wish our newly elected officers all the best in their new positions!
Thank you to McGraw-Hill Education for sponsoring our breakfast meeting and Ward’s Science for sponsoring our business meeting and social at the 2013 NSTA National Conference in San Antonio. The Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching is grateful for the continued support and commitment of our sponsors.
APAST President Kenneth Huff has released a letter that is intended to express the support of the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (APAST) toward the development and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. We believe this is an important step to guide science teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
To view this letter, please click here.
Upcoming NSTA Web Seminars on Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards—Crosscutting Concepts
NSTA is presenting a series of seven web seminars on the Crosscutting Concepts described in The Framework for K-12 Science Education, released in 2011 by the National Research Council (NRC). The Framework describes the major practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school and is being used to guide the development of the Next Generations Science Standards.
The crosscutting concepts included in the Framework (and the final version of the NGSS) represent current research about how students learn best. Teachers are encouraged to learn more about these crosscutting concepts now in advance of the final release of NGSS and begin incorporating them into instruction to provide students the skill sets they need to be successful in learning any content.
The web seminars will be a valuable professional development experience for any science educator, but will be especially practical for those at the middle and high school level. They will also be helpful for science coordinators, supervisors, state science supervisors and others.
The web seminars are offered free of charge and are designed so that participants can attend just one or all seven sessions. They will run from 6:30-8:00 pm Eastern Time every other Tuesday starting on Tuesday, February 19.
NSTA Web Seminars on Crosscutting Concepts Feb. 19: Patterns March 5: Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation March 19: Scale, proportion, and quantity April 2: Systems and system models April 16: Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation April 30: Structure and function May 14: Stability and change
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