Michael E. Beeth
Professor and Coordinator of Alternative Careers in Teaching
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

As the coordinator for Alternative Careers in Teaching (ACT!), Michael Beeth oversees a multi-institution program designed for mid-career math and science professionals who wish to enter the teaching profession. The ACT! program is supported by two Robert Noyce awards from the National Science Foundation. Beeth received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1993. Previously, he was a high school biology and chemistry teacher for 10 years.

Catherine A. Brown
Professor of Mathematics Education, Head of the Division of Education, and Director of the Center of Teaching and Learning
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus

Catherine Brown’s primary research interest throughout her career has been the professional development of mathematics teachers. Since 2009, she has been leading the PBL Academy (originally named Math Matters), an initiative in the southeastern counties of Indiana to introduce project-based learning (PBL) techniques to educators at all grade levels.

Bruce Bukiet
Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Bruce Bukiet has served as principal investigator on several teaching-related grants, including the NSF-funded (Robert Noyce Scholarship program) Teacher Education Collaboration for High-Need Schools (TECHS-NJ) and the (GK-12) Computation and Communication: Promoting Research Integration in Science and Mathematics (C2PRISM) projects. His research has focused on the application of mathematics to real-world situations, including biological systems, insect infestation, explosives, and baseball.

Rick Crosslin
Lead Science Educator
Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township

Rick Crosslin has received numerous awards recognizing him as an outstanding classroom teacher, including the Milken National Educator Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science. He has 25 years experience with summer camps and currently is the director for the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana. He has taught grades 3, 4, and 6 in Indiana and Cairo, Egypt, as well as graduate courses at IUPUI. Crosslin also is the host and executive director of “Indiana Expeditions”, a WFYI-PBS science television program through which he shares his expertise and motto:

David Dimmett
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Project Lead The Way

Dave Dimmett is directly responsible for internal training, performance management, executive support of the PLTW vision and mission, and oversight of communications and marketing. Additionally, he has primary responsibility for researching and writing federal and state policy recommendations. Prior to joining PLTW, he was chief academic officer at the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Dimmett is the 2012 recipient of the Forrest E. Connor Award from the American Association of School Administrators. He holds a Master of Business Operational Excellence degree from Ohio State University and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Dimmett also earned an M.S. in education and a B.A. in English from Indiana University.

Julie Evans
Project Tomorrow

Julie Evans assumed in 1999 her role as CEO of Project Tomorrow, one of the nation’s leading education organizations dedicated to empowering K-12 students, teachers, and parents with a larger voice in improving education and learning. She developed the Speak Up National Research Project in 2003 and has served as its chief researcher since then. Prior to joining Project Tomorrow, Evans enjoyed a successful 17-year career in national and regional sales and marketing management with Unisys and two education technology startups. In April 2008, she was named by eSchool News one of the top 10 most influential people in education technology. Evans is a graduate of Brown University.

Deborah Harmon
Professor of Teacher Education
Eastern Michigan University

Deborah Harmon received her doctorate in urban education, multicultural education, and gifted education. Her research focuses on the achievement of minority students and in preparing teachers for teaching in urban schools and communities, cultural competency, culturally responsive pedagogy, and professional development. Harmon also is the director of the Office of Urban, Community, and International Outreach.

Chris Hiller
BioLit Facilitator
Decatur New Tech High

Chris Hiller is in his sixth year of teaching science, having graduated from the IUPUI Transition to Teaching program with the help of a Noyce scholarship. He has shared about project-based learning and the bio-lit class at several venues, including the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. conference, the CELL conference, and the New Tech annual conference.

Joseph Krajcik
Professor of Science Education and Director, Institute for Research in Education, Assessment, and Teaching Environments for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Michigan State University

During his career, Joseph Krajcik has focused on work with science teachers to reform science education teaching practices which promote student engagement in and learning of science. He currently is working on projects funded by the National Science Foundation to improve students’ understanding of secondary chemistry. Krajcik has authored and co-authored curriculum materials, books, software, and more than 100 manuscripts, and he makes frequent presentations at international, national, and regional conferences. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Jean S. Lee
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
University of Indianapolis

Jean Lee’s primary research interests are analyzing mathematics classroom discourse and the impact of implementing project-based learning. Currently, she supports pre-service and in-service teachers in designing and implementing project-based learning units. Lee also prepares STEM teachers who will teach in high-need, urban middle and secondary science and mathematics classrooms.

Sarah Leiker
School Development Coach
New Tech Network

Supporting schools to create a positive school culture and to implement engaging and rigorous curriculum is Sarah Leiker’s main focus as a school development coach. She joined New Tech Network in 2011 after finding her desire to contribute to the educational revolution in 2008 at Columbus Signature Academy as a facilitator of mathematics. Leiker assists educators with teaching methods that use project- and problem-based learning and technology.

Hope Marchionda
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Western Kentucky University

Hope Marchionda earned her M.S. in mathematics and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Clemson University. Since arriving at Western Kentucky University, she has taught undergraduate and graduate mathematics for K-12 teachers. Her primary research interests are the impact of pedagogy and mathematical discourse on mathematics learning.

Jeff Marshall
Associate Professor, Science Education and Director, Inquiry in Motion Institute
Clemson University

Jeff Marshall received the Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is nationally board certified in AYA Science and continues to consult, research, write, and present work on inquiry teaching and learning in science education. Marshall has taught at the middle and high school levels and now works with both pre-service and in-service teachers at Clemson University.

W. Gary Martin
Emily R. & Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor of Secondary Mathematics Education
Auburn University

Gary Martin works with pre-service and in-service secondary mathematics teachers across grades K-12. He has been principal investigator for a number of projects, including TEAM-Math—a partnership of Auburn University, Tuskegee University, and 14 school districts in east Alabama. Martin has been involved in a number of initiatives related to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and is co-director of the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership. He has published and presented extensively with a focus on high school mathematics curriculum and systemic change in mathematics, including teacher leader development.

Lisa Montplaisir
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Biological Sciences
North Dakota State University

Lisa Montplaisir is part of an interdisciplinary team of faculty that studies teaching and learning at the crossroads of the STEM disciplines. She is PI on a Robert Noyce undergraduate award and co-PI on a Noyce master’s award from the National Science Foundation. Montplaisir received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2003. Prior to that, she was a high school biology teacher for two years.

Kim S. Nguyen
Operations Director
Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education, IUPUI

Kim Nguyen is a principal investigator of several active awards from the National Science Foundation, including four Robert Noyce grants and two Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) awards. She has been the founding director of operations for IUPUI’s UCASE since 2006. Nguyen earned her Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University and has worked in higher education administration since 1976.

Sally Nichols
BioLit Facilitator
Decatur New Tech High School

Sally Nichols is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Education and has more than 20 years of teaching experience, the last five in a PBL environment. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Best Buy $10,000 Teach award, the Jacobs Educator award, a Decatur Township Foundation grant, and the Decatur Township Teacher of the Year. Nichols also is the lead teacher at New Tech School of IDEAS.

Nasser H. Paydar
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer

Nasser Paydar joined Indiana University in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. From 1989 to 2003, he served the school as chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, associate dean for graduate programs, associate dean for academic programs, and executive associate dean. In spring 2004, Paydar was named vice chancellor and dean at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. He was appointed chancellor of IU East in 2009. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has extensive publications in the area of solid mechanics.

Joan Prival
Program Director
Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation

Joan Prival serves as lead program director for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program while also serving as a program officer in the Math and Science Partnership program, the Advanced Tech-nological Education program, and the Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM program. She received a B.A. in biological sciences from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a research biochemist, Prival conducted studies on blood cell differentiation and leukemia at the National Cancer Institute. She has been with NSF since 1997.

Simon J. Rhodes
Dean and Professor of Biology
School of Science, IUPUI

Simon Rhodes was appointed dean of the School of Science in 2011, after serving the IU School of Medicine as associate dean of research and graduate studies. He also is adjunct professor of cellular & integrative physiology and biochemistry & molecular biology in the School of Medicine. His research laboratory works on the gene regulatory and biochemcial mechanisms underlying pediatric combined pituitary hormone deficiency disease. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry/biological sciences from Purdue University.

Patricia M. Rogan, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Dean
School of Education, IUPUI

Dr. Rogan is the Executive Associate Dean of the Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI, Indianapolis, and Professor in the area of special education. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and taught at Syracuse University before coming to IUPUI.  Dr. Rogan has been a public school teacher, Transition Coordinator, K-12 consultant and university faculty member for 30 years. Her interests include urban education, curriculum development, and inclusive education with a focus on equity issues and inclusive pedagogy. Dr. Rogan is the Principal Investigator of the Indianapolis Urban Teacher Residency program, funded by the US Department of Education.

Jim Ryan
Project Manager for Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
San Francisco School Alliance

Jim Ryan has been with the San Francisco School Alliance since January 2012. He is responsible for managing a multi-year, multi-million dollar Bechtel Family Foundation grant designed to support the San Francisco Unified School District in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Prior to joining the Alliance, Ryan spent 7-1/2 years with Key Curriculum Press, where he was vice president of marketing and education services, and 2-1/2 years at Apple on the development team for PowerSchool software. Previously, he was a high school administrator and math teacher in San Mateo County, California.

Timothy P. Scott
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Science Education Policy
College of Science, Texas A&M University

Timothy P. Scott’s research focuses on teaching and learning in science and student success. He is co-director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Texas A&M, and he focuses efforts on national and state science standards and policy as it relates to STEM teacher certification, professional development, and student achievement in science and mathematics. In 2001, Scott founded the university’s aggieTEACH program, which was developed to address the shortage of teachers in the high-need areas of mathematics and science. Additionally, he oversees a number of NSF-funded projects; he has acquired and collaborated on projects totaling $26 million over the last 11 years.

Annela Teemant
Associate Professor of Secondary Language Education

Annela Teemant is an expert in English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher preparation. She has been awarded four U.S. Department of Education grants investigating effective professional development strategies for preparing every teacher to equitably instruct English language learners. Teemant’s most recent publications highlight positive teacher and student achievement outcomes using an ESL instructional coaching model with mainstream educators.

Regina Toolin
Associate Professor
University of Vermont

Regina Toolin’s research focuses on constructivist models of teaching and learning in science education. She is interested in promoting and researching science classrooms that are grounded in project-based teaching and learning. She is principal investigator of the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship program and the Vermont Secondary Science Partnership program, as well as co-PI for the NSF Satellites, Weather, and Climate program grant. Toolin is a member of the editorial board for and has published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology; she also has published in the International Journal of Science Education and Science Education.

Beth White
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Vermont

Beth White is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies. She has taught secondary science and pre-service graduate students through a curricular design model that engages students in cooperative problem solving around authentic, community-based, real-world dilemmas. White values democratic principles in small educational environments, particularly those classrooms that are co-led by students, experts, and educators.