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Lynda Sanders has taught eighth-grade science for 25 years and currently teaches at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon. Her degrees from Oregon State include a BS in chemistry, a BS in education, and an MS in science education. Always striving to push herself and improve her teaching, Lynda achieved National Board certification in early adolescence-science in 2003 and successfully renewed her certificate in 2012. She served as President of the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA) in 2009-2010 and again in 2011-2012, and she is currently the editor of OSTA's electronic newsletter.


Janet Briggs is a science education specialist at the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education and an instructor in the school of education at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. She coordinates and serves as an instructor in the Science Specialist graduate program and teaches classes in Earth and physical science for preservice teachers. She serves on a statewide team that is preparing South Dakota teachers for the Next Generation Science Standards. Prior education experience includes 20 years in K-8 classrooms and three years as a Peace Corps math education specialist.

Melanie Brown has been in education for 24 years as a science teacher and an academic support teacher. Melanie is currently the academic support science teacher for the Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, California (the largest secondary school district in California and the second largest in the United States). She provides leadership, professional development, and curricular support to more than 23 middle and high schools. Classes taught include biology, marine biology, physical science, physics, health, math, and middle school science; she also served as adjunct professor of gifted and talented education at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Through the San Diego County Office of Education, Melanie is the South County liaison and support provider for the New Teacher Induction Program and a certified leading edge blended and online instructor and curriculum developer for the Verification Process for Special Settings (VPSS) program, a statewide NCLB program. Melanie is very active in her community, as well, doing work for the San Diego Science Alliance, the BE WiSE Girls in Science program, and the STEM Quality Criteria Task force. Melanie is a published author and the creator of 99 Cent Science. She has a BS in science education-biology from Oklahoma State University, an MA in science education-geology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an administrative credential from San Diego State University. She holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science (2003, renewed in 2012) and is a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program Scholar to Japan and a NASA Explorer Schools grant recipient. She was San Diego Science Teacher of the Year in 2003, Sweetwater Union High School Teacher of the Year in 2005, and a Finalist for California Middle School Teacher of the Year also in 2005. In 2009, Melanie was appointed to the California Science Framework. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Bill.

Kristoffer R. Carroll is a K-12 Regional Science Trainer for the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program (SNRPDP). After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a bachelor’s degree in secondary science education, Kris taught students geology, biology, and marine science at Clark High School in Las Vegas for four years. He then taught physics and Earth science at Green Valley High School, in Henderson, Nevada, for three years. After completing his MEd in curriculum and instruction, focusing on the nature of science and the use of technology to model student learning and demonstrate knowledge, he moved to the Curriculum and Professional Development Division in CCSD. There, as a Secondary Science Project Facilitator, Kris developed science curriculum and worked with teachers to improve science instruction. He also worked as a K-12 coordinator in the Innovative Learning Environments to support a district-wide initiative to support blended learning environments before moving to SNRPDP. At SNRPDP, he works collaboratively with higher education research professors, informal education partners, and professional educators throughout the state to support Nevada science and STEM educators.

Nancy LaPosta-Frazier taught seventh- and eighth-grade general science for 27 years in Rhode Island before retiring in 2016. She received a BA in biology from the College of the Holy Cross, an MS in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Rhode Island, and a BA in computer science from Rhode Island College. Since 1996, she has been the Science Olympiad Coach at Wickford Middle School. In 2011, her team won the state competition and competed nationally. Nancy is an alumnus of Space Camp and has recently completed her course work to become a master gardener.

Marcy Seavey is STEM coordinator for the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where she is available to assist faculty on campus-wide project related to STEM research, education, and outreach. Previously, she worked as a museum educator and a county naturalist for Bremer County before joining the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) in 1999 as state coordinator of Project WET. That year she also founded Iowa’s GLOBE Program Partnership. From 1999-2014, Marcy served IAS by providing professional development in environmental education, biology, Earth science, and physics for more than 5,000 of Iowa’s teachers. In 2005, she was awarded the EPA Region VII Educator's Environmental Excellence Award, and in 2012 she was awarded the Iowa Science Teacher's Outstanding Service Award. She was an active member of Iowa's NGSS review team and served as PI on the NSF-funded project to review the alignment between the NGSS and the GLOBE Program. Marcy also promotes science and engineering for girls as a National NASA Volunteer for Girl Scouts of the USA. She earned a BA in natural history interpretation in 1995 and an MS in 2003 from UNI.

Nicole Vick has been in science education for 11 years, having taught a wide variety of courses. She received her BS in biology from Northern Illinois University in 2002 and a master's in environmental science education from Bradley University, in Illinois, in 2013. She has done research at Illinois State University exploring vector competence of mosquitoes and intraspecific competition among a variety of mosquito species.