Board of Directors Election
The Nominations Committee of the California Science Teachers
Association presents the following individuals for election
to the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2014-2016 term.
The election is being conducted electronically and will open
April 15, 2014. CSTA members eligible to
vote will be emailed links to the online ballot. Members for
whom we do not have current email addresses or who requested
a paper ballot will be mailed a ballot.
4-Year College Director
Region 2 Director
Region 4 Director
Voting will close on May 15, 2014 .
Jeanine has been teaching science for 14 years and currently
teaches science at Gardner Middle School in the Temecula Valley
USD. This past year she was recognized as the TVUSD middle
school teacher of the year. Prior to teaching, Jeanine was
an accountant for a major cosmetics manufacturing company.
She has presented at several CSTA conferences, served on the
2013 CSTA conference committee, the CSTA publications committee,
the legislative oversight committee and is the current CSTA
Region 4 Director.
Quality science education is vital to our stateâ€™s success.
In todayâ€™s world, students must be problem solvers in the
workplace, champions for their own health, and advocates for
the integrity of our planet. In the science classroom, an
educatorâ€™s charge is to inspire students to wonder, question,
research, and push the boundary to learn more about themselves
and the world around them. As a community of science educators,
our responsibility is to ensure quality instructional practices
to support inquiry, problem solving, and communication skills
vital to student success.
As a CSTA member, I am committed to scientific literacy for
all students. Despite funding and political obstacles, CSTA
must continue to be a collective voice for California science
educators. In these tumultuous times, it is imperative that
we creatively continue to empower, inspire, and advocate for
science education as a collective community. CSTA must continue
to be a catalyst for educational innovation, sharing of best
practices, problem solving, decision-making, and lobbying
for legislation to support our shared vision.
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)Director
Joanne has been working as a science specialist at Meadows
Elementary School (Manhattan Beach USD) since 2008. She initiated
and continues to chair a school-wide Science Night every spring.
Joanne also is the science chair of the elementary school
science specialists and leads monthly collaboration meetings
within her district. She is a member of CSTA and NSTA and
has presented workshops at conferences for both organizations.
Science education is an incredible medium—a student
truly discovers how and why the world behaves the way
it does by interacting within it. It is my goal as a
science teacher to light that fire of curiosity within
each student, for them to discover more about the world,
as well as about themselves. By using hands-on lessons,
interactive technologies, and exciting discoveries happening
every day around them, students are exploring science
like never before. Installing a love and knowledge of
science within them will help us send a generation into
society, armed to make this world the best that it can
I focus my teaching on many of CSTAâ€™s goals. I feel that
students, no matter their age or
ability, can find wonder and succeed in science. By â€śencouraging
the natural curiosity of
learnersâ€ť, as stated in the vision statement, we can guide
our students into this incredible
world, and make it an even better place. With work, adaptability,
and collaboration, I can see
CSTA leading the way in science achievement.
Barbara is currently a District Curriculum Coach with
an assignment to plan and coordinate the district-wide Professional
Development related to implementing the Next Generation Science
Standards. As a classroom teacher, Barbara taught third through
sixth grade for many years where hands-on/minds-on/inquiry
science instruction was one of her specialties. She is a member
of CSTA and recently participated in a review of the ELA/ELD
Science education should ignite the curiosity of young people
and inspire them to seek for new ways to understand the world,
solve problems, and create opportunities to improve peopleâ€™s
lives while maintaining the integrity of our Earthâ€™s systems.
The careful, well-thought out application of scientific thought
is critical to society as it is and as it will become.
CSTA is a vehicle for promoting and ensuring high quality
science experiences for all
California students. To accomplish this, CSTA must continue
its careful and mindful monitoring
and advocacy in all state decisions impacting curriculum and
instruction. We stand at a critical
juncture in time when Common Core Standards and the Next Generation
Science Standards are
emerging for implementation. I envision an organization whose
diligent persistence in
integrating scientific cross-cutting concepts, technology,
and engineering practices with
Common Core reasoning, analysis, argument, and communication
will enhance scientific
literacy beyond the textbook. CSTAâ€™s diligence now will ensure
that generations live the spirit
of inquiry that embodies both the CCSS and the NGSS.
In 2005 Susan took the position of an Associate
Professor at CSULB in the Science Education Department
In addition, she has served as a Regional Director for
the K-12 Alliance since 2007 and has overseen several
large grants providing professional development for
teachers at the elementary, middle, high school, and
university level. Susan is a lifetime member of CSTA
and has presented numerous workshops and short courses
as well as being a featured focus speaker at the annual
California Science Education Conference.
Science teaching involves developing studentsâ€™ understanding
about scientific concepts as well as their ability to â€śdoâ€ť
science. Both types of knowledge are necessary to make informed
decisions about personal and political issues. Students need
to engage in discourse and
argumentation about what data reveals about the natural world
and how it fits with our current
scientific explanations. Understanding how science knowledge
is generated is essential to
understanding science, including how debate and modification
are inherent to the scientific
I grew-up in CSTA, at least professionally, and owe the organization
a debt of gratitude for
helping me become the science educator I am today. CSTA was
my first professional
organization. I made my first presentation at a CSTA conference.
CSTA is still my primary
information source for what is happening in science education.
CSTA supports all levels of
science teachers. The recent NGSS adoption creates an exciting
opportunity for science
teachers and CSTA will provide the leadership and resources
necessary to support science
teachers as we all move into the next generation.
Virginia is a Full Professor of Biology at CSUN where
she has held various positions including being the current
chair of the department Curriculum and Assessment committee.
She has also been actively involved in Professional Development
for LAUSD science teachers for the past 13 years. Virginia
is a member of several associations including the Society
for the Study of Evolution, Botanic Society of America, Association
for Science Teacher Education, NSTA, and CSTA.
Teaching science today is exciting but challenging. I work
with a variety of students destined to become teachers,
doctors, and researchers. My priority for these students
is to show them that science is a process of discovery
where there is beauty in the interconnectedness of math,
physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology. I strive
to show them the critical importance of public science
literacy. With the adoption of NGSS we are entering
an exciting time when science can be taught as science
is performed. Teachers must be using engaging tools
and technologies that can reach ALL learners. Our commitment
to strong formative assessment will ensure that future
generations will understand and excel in science.
I am passionate about science and education. CSTAâ€™s mission
is to create a community that
supports passion and life-long learning in science. The primary
challenge for CSTA will be to
promote and integrate NGSS into the K-16 curriculum. It is
an exciting time for CSTA to be
involved in framework and assessment development as well as
showing leadership in science
education in California through conferences and awards.
Minda is the Programs and Policy Director at the National
Center for Science Education and a Visiting Scholar at the
UC Museum of Paleontology. She has a PhD in Biology from Tufts
University and is a member of CSTA, the National Association
of Biology Teachers, and the American Geophysical Union. Minda
has contributed several articles to the monthly California
Classroom Science newsletter, and presented a workshop at
the 2013 California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs.
Science isnâ€™t just a subject in school; it is a way of seeing
the world. Through science, students have the opportunity
to answer questions about human origins and explanations for
the Earthâ€™s processes. Science tells us why we breathe and
how our hearts beat; science can even tell us why it is we
feel love, sadness or joy. Science education though is not
just about providing answers. It is about exploring our environment,
being creative about ideas and generating hypotheses to help
explain what we observe. Science and science education are
opportunities to explore and understand the world, with important
implications for students and society as a whole.
Through their determination and hard work, CSTA has provided
educators around the state with the vision and inspiration
necessary to engage students from many different backgrounds
and interest levels. It would be a delight and honor to be
able to further CSTAâ€™s mission of engaging and supporting
educators, disseminating science to all students in the state
and encouraging a future where all citizens of California
understand and support science.
For the past 8 years, Peter has been the K-12 Science
Curriculum Specialist at Palm Springs Unified School District
and previously taught science at Desert Hot Springs High School
for five years. He has served as Region 4 Director on the
CSTA board, presented at fiveCalifornia Science Education
Conferences, was co-chair of the 2013 conference, and is a
regular contributor of articles for the California Classroom
Science newsletter including a monthly NGSS Blog.
Science teachers know that science is a subject that can
excite and inspire and blow kids minds. By engaging students
in hands-on science, projects, and real world problem solving
we can inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers,
and scientifically literate citizens. Too often the demands
of testing have turned science in a dull march through the
standards. With the shift in standards, there is a brief window
of opportunity to get it right and make science as exciting
as it should be. CSTA is the voice of California teachers
who want to make sure that the policies in Sacramento support
the best kind of science education that our children deserve.
CSTAâ€™s most important role is in providing a community for
California science teachers to share ideas and energy. With
the coming transition to the NGSS this role will be more important
than ever. California science teachers are an amazingly creative
group and CSTA through its conferences and newsletter is the
place for them to share. CSTA also plays an important role
as the voice of California science teachers in Sacramento.
With NGSS being implemented this role will be more important
than ever. Science teachers need to make sure that the coming
changes represent the best for California students.