California Science Teachers Association Board of Director Elections
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Board of Directors Election -

2017-2019 Election Results

CSTA thanks the members who participated in the 2017-2019 CSTA Board of Directors elections. The results are in and the following members were elected to the 2017-2019 CSTA Board of Directors.


Shawna Metcalf

Shawna Metcalf is the Science Teacher Specialist for the Glendale Unified School District. She currently serves as CSTA's Region 3 Director, has presented at CSTA's California Science Education conference and the CA NGSS Roll Out, and written for California Classroom Science. Additionally, Shawna served as a member of the Science Curriculum Framework Evaluation and Criteria Committee for the State of California.

All students have the right to a solid science education. This education should prepare them to be critical consumers of scientific information throughout their lives, but should also foster their innate curiosity of the world. Science is more than just a book of facts; it is the process of making sense of the world around us and science teaching and learning should reflect this. It is the role of science education to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the natural world and the skills needed to apply this understanding throughout their lives.

CSTA has two main roles that resonate with me: advocating for high quality science education and supporting the teachers who provide this education. As a teacher who spent the better part of my career in the silo of my classroom, I have recently discovered the immense value of having an organization of volunteers who advocate for and support every teacher, whether they are in their silo or collaborate with others. CSTA supports science teachers, not just members, and because of this, we have an ever growing pool of science education leaders statewide who are making science a priority in schools.


Elizabeth Cooke

Elizabeth Cooke teaches Engineering concepts and project based inquiry to all students at Markham Elementary School in the Oakland Unified School District. She currently serves as CSTA's Secretary and has written for California Classroom Science. Additionally, Elizabeth is teacher leader for the OUSD's NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative which involves advocating for science at the school site and district level as well as collaborating with other school site teachers through lesson study to improve science education within the district.

Science education is critical to the advancement of society because it leads to creativity in thought, innovation in technology and industry, and stewardship of our environment through awareness of our resources and the impact we have. Science teachers both formal and informal play a pivotal role in the advancement of society because teachers empower their students as they guide them in inquiry, expand their knowledge and challenge them to apply their knowledge through service learning.

CSTA provides California teachers with a voice through concerted efforts in advocacy. CSTA keeps its members informed of policy and actions that may impact the classroom and advocates on behalf of students and teachers. CSTA plays a significant role in the adoption and implementation of the State science standards and I believe that CSTA can draw on the strength of its membership to ensure that our students have access to high quality science education.

Region 1 Director

Marian Murphy-Shaw

Marian Murphy-Shaw is the Educational Services Director at the Siskiyou County Office of Education in Yreka. She has served as CSTA's Region 1 Director and Secretary, has presented at CSTA's California Science Education conference, has written for California Classroom Science, and is a writer and presenter at the CA NGSS Roll Out. Additionally, Marian served as a Co-Chair of the California Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education. 

I cannot think of anything I value more about education than every student having opportunities to understand their world by using their innate abilities to observe, question and investigate. Science education is vital when superstition or lack of knowledge might influence personal health or societal well-being. While every teacher has a meaningful role in children's lives, the science teacher stands out by sustaining curiosity and providing the voice of reason and logic in a wonderfully complex world. These critical elements of education deserve all the support they can get from all educators, policy makers, and organizations like CSTA.

I have seen CSTA and the individuals who comprise it take leadership roles for science education and its promotion statewide. I am proud to have served CSTA by supporting the organization's efforts to refine itself to be as current and effective as it can be through reducing resource consumption by moving to electronic publications, practicing responsible financial management, developing a shared leadership model, and re-envisioning the design of the annual conference. I share CSTA's mission and goals, and the commitment to them through these and other actions, to serve every science teacher in California and the students they teach.

Region 3 Director

Wendy Hagan

Wendy Hagan is a Science Teacher at Granada Hills Charter School in Granada Hills. She is a member of CSTA's NGSS Committee and has presented at CSTA's California Science Education Conference, the CA NGSS Roll Out, and has been an invited speaker to a CSTA leadership event. Additionally, Wendy worked on the ABC Unified MSP Grant to integrate life science, engineering, and earth science for high school teachers.  

Science education has shifted from a classical approach to a more authentic learning experience built on curiosity, exploration, and application of scientific principles. To better understand the true nature of science, phenomena-based and three-dimensional instruction should be used to engage students through evidence-based investigations and conceptual modeling. This allows students to construct scientific explanations about the natural world. Moving away from a teacher-centered to student-centered learning environment is necessary for conceptual change and metacognition. Science is built on collaboration and, whether it be at the state, regional, or local level, educators must work together to create a scientifically literate society.

CSTA’s mission is to promote high quality education and provide guidance in the facilitation of NGSS to K-12 informal, formal, pre-service, and higher-education science educators and administrators in the state of California. CSTA represents unity among science educators across the state. This collaboration promotes professional development, instructional ideas, the sharing of resources, and communication of policies throughout the state to better support educators. My vision is to help Region 3 science educators and administrators in the implementation of NGSS and communicate our successes in NGSS for both formal and informal science education to the CSTA community.

Primary (K-2) Director

Jenny Chien

Jenny Chien is the K-5 STEM Specialist at Casita Center for Technology, Science and Math in the Vista Unified School District. She has presented at CSTA's California Science Education Conference. Additionally, Jenny is part of the Core Leadership Team for VUSD's CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative.

Students enter school with a curiosity that must fostered. Educators have the opportunity to help our students channel their inquiry so that they can make observations, conduct experiments about the natural and physical world around them, and design solutions to advance our society. Through my work with K-12 Alliance's Early Implementation Initiative, I strongly believe in the shift of CA NGSS as it has reinvigorated California educators to provide our youth with three dimensional learning experiences so that students are not just memorizing scientific knowledge but instead, they are practicing it as future scientists and engineers.

As the 2017 California Teacher of the Year, I have the opportunity to encourage current and future educators to make science a core subject in elementary. In efforts to attract more elementary members, it is my vision to be a voice of change and expand CSTA's digital presence with blogs moderated by exemplars from science education and twitter chats. As the Primary Director for CSTA, my vision is to empower our elementary teachers to be part of the revolution of science education as we enter into a world of CA NGSS three dimensional learning where phenomena are understood through inquiries and explorations.

Middle School/Jr. High Director

Allison Bogart

Allison Bogart is a science teacher at Paul L. Cato Middle School in the Bakersfield City School District. She has presented at CSTA's California Science Education conference and is a member of CSTA's Membership Committee. Additionally, Allison has created and presented professional development for NGSS for all teachers in her district as a member of the district's Teacher Leadership Team for Science. 

Science is a way of thinking, of trying to figure out why and how things happen. Science teachers have the greatest responsibility of getting students to become scientific thinkers. When students think scientifically they are able to take their curiosity about a subject or phenomenon and investigate how and why it happens. In this way, students become actively engaged, and even empowered learners. This, in turn, will make them become engaged and empowered citizens.

CSTA's leadership and support in the transition into the Next Generation Science Standards is paramount for science educators and science learners. During the next few years science teachers will look to the CSTA to help guide them in the development of curriculum, performance assessments, tasks, and investigations that meet the three dimensions of the NGSS. My vision for middle school would be to begin a repository where teachers across the state could openly share lessons and resources with each other, utilizing technology and even social media. I think that CSTA members can become our own professional learning network, with a focus of sharing, providing feedback, and learning from and with each other.

Informal Science Education Director

Lori Walsh

Lori Walsh is the Education and Operations Supervisor to the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Carlsbad. She has presented at CSTA's California Science Education conference and written for California Classroom Science. Additionally, Lori is the Southern West Coast Regional Leader for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). 

Science touches every aspect of our lives. It teaches learners how to question evidence, evaluate findings and reason thoroughly. Science discourse encourages growth by improving society. Science learning occurs inside and outside the classroom. Our roles as science educators are to show each learner their path in which they can explore and discover. Educators aim to enlighten everyone we encounter, inspiring dialogue and the desire to learn more about our natural world. A passion for science will spark changes for conservation, and a partnership between formal and informal science teachers will create an army of future environmental stewards.

CSTA is a resource to enhance science programming through ideas, workshops, and networking opportunities. Pre-service teachers are welcomed into the profession, introducing them to a community of professionals that can ease transition into a new career. As changes in the science field occur, CSTA helps to disseminate and interpret information to teachers. CSTA unites teachers statewide to create a community of stellar science practitioners. An effective Informal Science Director understands the challenges of both informal and formal education. CSTA is only productive when it bridges the gap between all science experiences and connects educators from different areas.