Prior to his appointment at the University, Dr. Hackett taught middle-school science for twelve years. Later, as a science educator on loan to the National Academy of Science, Dr. Hackett served as a staff officer co-directing the development of a publication entitled, Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. In 2003, he received the William R. Ross Award for Outstanding Science Achievement from the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association. Dr. Hackett—along with another Macmillan/McGraw-Hill author, Dr. Richard Moyer—co-authored an elementary science methods book entitled, Teaching Inquiry Science: Learning Cycle Investigations. Their book is a culmination of teaching science through inquiry for over forty years.
Ms. LeRoy is involved in a five-year National Science Foundation research project with the University of Miami, entitled Promoting Science among English Language Learners. This project examines elementary teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices in teaching science to English-language learners. Her efforts in developing elementary curriculum modules and professional development for this project are helping to maximize student literacy in science and mathematics.
Among her many invitations to speak with educational leaders, Ms. LeRoy has presented to audiences at the National Science Teachers Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Research Council, and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on issues in science reform. She is past president of the Florida Association of Science Supervisors, has been on numerous committees for development of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), and is a board member of the National Science Education Leadership Association.
Dr. Moyer has presented hundreds of workshops for teachers across the United States and abroad. He is currently Coordinator of the Master of Science in Science Education Program at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. A major focus of this degree program is to use inquiry science as a vehicle for literacy development. Dr. Moyer has had several funded grants and is a member of the faculty of the University’s Inquiry Institute. He and Dr. Hackett are co-authors of a college science methods textbook entitled, Teaching Inquiry Science: Learning Cycle Investigations.
Mr. Teferi helped frame the Mathematics, Science and Technology Systemic Initiatives Reform in St. Louis, where he served as Co-Principal Investigator. His efforts in that initiative has earned him and his team local and national recognition. Mr. Teferi has presented to several local and national audiences on pertinent issues in education. In addition, he has served on numerous panel discussions and received many awards for his achievements.
Mr. Teferi is a board member of the Gifted Resource Council, Americorps and Minority Environmental Literacy Advisory Committee. He received his bachelors’ degree from St. Louis University and his Masters’ Degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently enrolled at University of Missouri to complete his superintendent’s certification and education specialist degree.
In 2000, the Association of California School Administrators named her Central Office Administrator of the Year for Region XVII. She also received the Exemplary Science Educator of the Year Award from the University of California at Irvine Science Education Advisory Board and the Science Educator of the Year Award from Project Tomorrow and the Orange County Science Education Association. In 1987, the National Science Teachers Association bestowed her with the Gustav Ohaus Award for Innovation in Elementary Science Education.
Dr. Terman holds a B.S. Degree from Cornell University in Science Education, a Master of Arts in Cell Biology from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Education from The University of Iowa. She presently consults with non-profit organizations in educational issues such as program implementation, inquiry-based science, and gender equity.
Dr. Vasquez is past president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and current President of the National Science Education Leadership Association. She has also served as President of Arizona Science Teachers Association and the International Council of Science Education Organization. Her distinguished service and contributions to the advancement of science education have won her numerous awards, honors and appointments, including the 2006 Robert H. Carleton Award, the most prestigious award in science education; the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials 2004 honoree for contributions in improving education; NSTA’s Search for Excellence in Elementary Science Education and Supervision Distinguished Service to Science Education Award; Chemicals, Health, Environment and Me Teacher of the Year; Gustav Ohaus Elementary Science Teaching Award; and National Environmental Association’s Teacher of the Year. In 1997, Dr. Vasquez received Northern Arizona University’s Centennial Year of Science Distinguished Alumni Award and in 1998 was named Arizona’s Outstanding Educator.
Dr. Wheeler received an undergraduate degree in Science Education from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has taught high school physics and chemistry and developed science curriculum units for the Elementary Science Study.
Dr. Wheeler is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and mass media work, including outstanding teaching awards from Temple University, the University of Hartford, and Montana State University, as well as the AAPT Milliken Award. He is a fellow of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and AAAS and has served on numerous national advisory boards and committees including, most recently, the National Assessment of Educational Progress steering committee for the 2009 assessment. Dr. Wheeler’s publications include numerous books, research and education articles, and reviews.
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