2018 Professional Learning Institute

David Crowther

Dr. David T. Crowther is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at UNR. David has five years of experience teaching at the elementary/middle level as well as summer teaching at the 8–12th grade level in Biology. Dr. Crowther received his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received both his B.S and MEd from Brigham Young University. Dr. Crowther has twenty-three years of teaching experience at the University level, twenty of which have been at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Crowther is the President of the National Science Teachers Association and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE). Dr. Crowther's current research interests involve teaching science through inquiry to develop English language acquisition for English Language Learners (ELL), Inquiry content instruction at both K–12 and the University level, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education K–12, and general methods of inquiry science teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Christine Royce

Dr. Christine Anne Royce is currently a professor in the teacher education department and co-director for the MAT in STEM Education program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Royce has been a passionate educator and dedicated leader in the science education community for more than 25 years. She began her career in education as a second-grade teacher at St. Hedwig's School in Chester, Pennsylvania. Royce worked in several other positions from 1991–2002, including teaching math and science at the middle and high school levels; working as an adjunct faculty member in the education department at the University of Scranton; and serving as the academic dean at a high school, where she constructed the master teaching schedule and individual student schedules and designed and coordinated the renovation of three science laboratories. In 2002 after 12 years in the classroom, Royce moved on to accept a position as a professor at Shippensburg University. In her current position, Royce—who served three consecutive terms as the chair of the teacher education department—teaches classes in science education, assessment, curricular planning and research design at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and looks forward to implementing a new online teaching certification program in the fall. Royce is President-Elect of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She is an NSTA Press author and has written several journal articles for the association. She is extremely active with other state and national organizations and STEM initiatives. Royce has received a number of awards and honors. Her accomplishments include receiving NSTA's Fellow Award (2016), Shippensburg University Provost's Award for Extraordinary Service (2013), Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators' Teacher Educator of the Year Award (2010), New Jersey Science Teachers Association's Pettix Award for Science Education (2007), National Association of Geoscience Teachers' Outstanding Earth Science Teacher – Eastern Region (2003), and the Woodrow Wilson National Memorial Fellowship (2000). Royce was also named a 1997 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching. Royce earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from Cabrini College, a M.A. degree in curriculum and instruction from Delaware State University, a M.S. degree in school administration and supervision from the University of Scranton, a M.B.A. from Shippensburg University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum, instruction and technology education from Temple University.

Eric Brunsell

Brunsell began his career as a physical science teacher. In 2000, he left the classroom to become the director of Space Education Initiatives, a nonprofit organization focused on providing professional development opportunities for teachers. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Excel Center at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. Eric completed his undergraduate degree in physics education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He was a doctoral fellow in the NSF funded Center for Teaching and Learning in the West and completed a doctorate in science education at Montana State University.

Kelly Price

Kelly Price is a 26-year veteran to public education and she currently serves as the Director of Academic Standards for Forsyth County Schools. FCS is located in the metro Atlanta, Georgia, area and is a growing innovative district of more than 48,000 students. Kelly's instructional passion is science education and she has promoted effective science instruction throughout her career. During her fourteen years of classroom teaching, she taught grades 8–12 in most areas of science including Physics and AP Physics. She has been a school district administrator for the past twelve years leading science education programs and other curricular areas. Kelly has served in a variety of elected leadership roles in state and national organizations including the governing board of the National Science Teachers Association. She is a past member of the NSTA Council and served as the NSTA Atlanta Area Conference Program Chair in 2012. She is a past president of the Georgia Science Teachers Association, Georgia Science Supervisors Association and the Georgia Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. She is still actively involved with the GSTA annual conference which serves over 1200 teachers annually. She currently co-directs the Georgia Science Olympiad program and is a region science fair director.

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