Steve Rich taught elementary and middle school science for 15 years, earning National Board Certification, two NSTA teaching awards, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. He has served as coordinator of the Youth Science Center at the University of West Georgia, and is currently the K–8 science specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. He is the author of the NSTA Press bestselling book Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide. He holds degrees from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. He was a district director for NSTA and is currently president of the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees.