2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador

Bruce Wellman
Chemistry, Engineering, and Robotics Teacher
Engineering Academy, Olathe Northwest High School
Olathe, KS

Bruce WellmanBruce Wellman is a national board certified teacher who currently teaches chemistry, engineering and robotics as part of the Engineering Academy at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas. He has also taught English in French-speaking Africa as well as chemistry/AP chemistry in rural, urban, and suburban settings in the United States.

Wellman has organized and led small- and large-scale professional development for STEM teachers and has been active in bridging the gap between STEM education research and classroom practices. He has given workshops throughout the country on how to teach using a student-centered approach called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and was a contributing author for a published collection of high school chemistry POGIL classroom activities. He has served as a mentor to several chemistry student-teachers and has taught the science teaching methods class for secondary preservice teachers at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Wellman is extremely active with other state and national organizations and STEM initiatives. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Board of Directors' Committee on P–12 Engineering Education and served on the executive board of the Precollege Engineering Education Division of ASEE. At the state level, Wellman has been involved with science standards development and teacher training by serving as the lead engineering standards reviewer for the Kansas Lead State Review Team for the Next Generation Science Standards. He has served on two National Science Foundation (NSF) review panels and served on the organizing committee for the National Academy of Sciences/ National Academy of Engineering's convocation on "Increasing the Roles and Significance of Teachers in Policymaking for K–12 Engineering Education."

Wellman is a 2009 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, served as a Teacher Ambassador Fellow for the U.S Department of Education, and was honored by his alma mater, Penn State, with the Eberly College of Science's Outstanding Alumni Award.

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