Kathy Renfrew, President of SEPA ,is an experienced elementary teacher/educator/learner who has been privileged to hold many roles in her career. She was a classroom teacher who was hired by the Vermont Agency of Education as the Elementary Science Assessment Coordinator. In that role she was involved with the drafting, adopting and implementing The Next Generation Science Standards in Vermont. She is not only knowledgeable about three-dimensional phenomena based instruction but she is also a leader in this area. Kathy returned to MA as an elementary science coach for a school district. Currently Kathy does work in many areas. Kathy is an education specialist for the Wade Institute for Science Education, a coach for Sibme (Seeing Is Believing Me), a professional learning consultant, a science volunteer in a 2nd grade classroom and much more. Kathy is an active member of NSTA, CSSS, NSELA ,ASE ( Association for Science Education UK), MSTA and other science organizations across the country. She is also a member of Learning Forward, ASCD, NCTE, MassCue, ILA and MRA.
Kathy attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for her undergraduate degree in Human Development. She followed that with a M.Ed in Professional Teaching and a MS in K-8 Science Education. Kathy was a National Board Certified Teacher as well as Presidential Awardee in Elementary Science. Prior to being president she has served as Secretary and President-Elect .She is a vocal advocate for quality science instruction in elementary classrooms Honoring the integrity of ALL disciplines while elevating science is important.