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Kevin J. B. Anderson works as a STEM education and assessment consultant for Cooperative Education Service Agency #2 in Wisconsin. He particularly enjoys helping teachers and administrators implement STEM education through project-based learning and connecting the CCSS and NGSS. He works with multiple Wisconsin science education leadership groups, designing and providing professional development for implementing the NGSS. Kevin completed his PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis at University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on STEM education policy and leadership. He focused particularly on improving K-16 engineering education. Kevin previously taught middle school science and math in California and Wisconsin, earning the distinction of National Board Certified Teacher in science. He earned his BA and MA at Stanford University, where he also worked researching systemic school reform and leadership turnover.

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Tomika R. Altman-Lewis is a K-5 Academically and Intellectually Gifted Facilitator/Teacher at Fayetteville Street Elementary School in Durham Public Schools. She has more than 10 years of experience in education and has taught every grade level in K-12 as a specialist, primary teacher, or family and consumer sciences teacher. She also serves as an education consultant and provides professional development to teachers and preservice teachers on differentiation and STEM. She is a Discovery Place STEM Fellow and Jossey-Bass Teacher Ambassador.

Tomika graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University, with a B.A. in sociology and a B.S. in family and consumer sciences, with a concentration in child development and family relations. She also earned an EdM in specialized education with an emphasis in learning disabilities and reading from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the recipient of several award—including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Math and Science Teachers, NC Central University 40 Under 40 for Significant Contributions in Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher Leader, Durham Public Schools AIG Teacher of the Year, NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Durham Public Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year, and NC Science Teachers Association District Three Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Eileen LaTorre has been a teacher at Lincoln School in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since 1998, serving as a fifth-grade science, math, and social studies teacher. She has been an advisor for the Science Club and Inventors Club, and she teaches science discovery to grade K-5 students in a summer enrichment program in Nutley, New Jersey. Prior to teaching, Eileen began her career as the coordinator of a Meals-on-Wheels program, taught nutrition education courses, and served as a test kitchen home economist for Panasonic. Eileen received her BS in nutrition from Montclair State College in New Jersey and her MA in education technology from New Jersey City University.