Presenter

Mary Colson

Mary Colson is an eighth-grade Earth science teacher at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, Minnesota. During her 23 years of classroom teaching, Ms. Colson has engaged students with the big ideas of Earth science through authentic explorations in the lab and outdoors. She has given numerous presentations on Earth science curriculum and on teaching literacy in the science classroom at both state and national conferences. In 2008, Ms. Colson received the Medtronic Foundation's Science Teaching Award for Middle Level Science in Minnesota.

Ms. Colson recently served on NSTA's Council of District Directors (2013-2016) representing Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. She was a member of the writing team for the Next Generation Science Standards, 2011–2012. She served as president of the Minnesota Science Teachers Association, 2009–2012. Ms. Colson served on Minnesota's Science Standards Revision committee, 2008–2009. Her current interests include being a mentor for, and a scientist with, her own students and sharing those experiences with other teachers.

Ms. Colson has a BS of Geology from Allegheny College, Pennsylvania and an MS of Geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her teacher certification as a Lyndhurst Fellow at UT Knoxville.

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