June 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 10

California’s National Board Certified Science Teachers

Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Did you know that California has 334 National Board Certified science teachers?  These teachers have gone the extra mile to have their hard work recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  CSTA salutes and congratulates these esteemed professionals.

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Allison Aclufi
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Laura Allen
Cupertino Union, San Jose

Judith Anderson
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Santa Monica

Kevin Anderson
Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale

Aphrodite Antoniou
Los Angeles Unified, Granada Hills

Vicki Baker
New Haven Unified, Hayward

Sarah Bannon
Fairfield-Suisun Unified, Fairfield

Eva Behr
Los Angeles Unified, Van Nuys

Michael Beiersdorf
Los Angeles Unified, Huntington Park

Noel Berghout
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Susan Lyn Bideshi
Corona-Norco Unified, Norco

Melanie Brown-Kirkland
Sweetwater Union High, Chula Vista

Lori Browne
Carlsbad Unified, Carlsbad

Roger Brumpton
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Kathy Bryant
Davis Joint Unified, Davis

John Eric Burns
Chino Valley Unified, Chino

Silvia Carranza
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Ann Chambers

Brian Chang
Temecula Valley Unified, Temecula

Candice Chang
Beverly Hills Unified, Beverly Hills

Sylvia Chatagnier
Mt. Diablo Unified, Clayton

Caleb Cheung
Oakland Unified, Oakland

Ann Christensen
Los Angeles Unified, Carson

Anthony Cody
Oakland Unified, Oakland

Shelley Collier
Tracy Joint Unified, Tracy

Jessica Conover
Fairfield-Suisun Unified, Fairfield

Michael Cook
San Diego Unified, San Diego

Kshama Dalal
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Andrea Davis
San Diego Unified, San Diego

William Dolyniuk
Woodside Elementary, Woodside

Terri Elkin
Alameda City Unified, Alameda

Carol Engelmann

Jessie Estrada
Vista Unified, Vista

Richard Feay
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Bernice Filerman
Montebello Unified, Bell Gardens

Brian Finley

Kathleen Fischer
Mill Valley Elementary, Mill Valley

Jon Fisher
Los Angeles Unified, North Hollywood

Lynne Formigli
Santa Clara Unified, Santa Clara

Michael Fox
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Julie Galles
Corte Madera

Susan Garcia
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Denise Gordon
Fairfield-Suisun Unified, Fairfield

Mary Greenlee
Los Angeles Unified, Sherman Oaks

Angela Grimes

Loretta Gutierrez
Little Lake City Elementary, Santa Fe Springs

Robin Hall
Los Angeles Unified, Van Nuys

Rebecca Hammann
Fairfield-Suisun Unified, Fairfield

Elinor Hanson
Elk Grove Unified, Sacramento

Charles Harmon
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Michael Harms
Palo Alto

Casey Hernandez
Oceanside Unified, Oceanside

Levern Heyward-Walls

Cynthia Higley
Orange Unified, Villa Park

Craig Honda
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Ronda Hoops
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Barbara Ingvaldsen
Los Angeles Unified, Huntington Park

Tami Lee Irvine

Khadija Iyer
Cupertino Union, Cupertino

Carie Jackson
Los Angeles Unified, Bell

George Jauregui
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Suzanna Johnson
Placer Union High, Colfax

Tamara Juarez
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Marie Kazanjian
Los Angeles Unified, Canoga Park

Colleen Kinney Caldwell
Redding Elementary, Redding

Susan Kolberg Pritchard
La Habra City Elementary, La Habra

Laura Kruse
Orange

Mark Lantz

Tracy Levin
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Santa Monica

Kevin Lynch
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Roy Maclean
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Tanya Macmartin
Poway Unified, San Diego

Theodore Meckstroth
San Diego Unified, San Diego

David Menshew
Modesto City Elementary, Modesto

Christopher Miller
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Cynthia Mills
Poway Unified, Poway

Jennifer Moses
Burbank Unified, Burbank

Ginna Myers
Grant Joint Union High, Sacramento

Monica Nagaishi
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Richard Needham

Diane Newell
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Catherine Nicholas
William S. Hart Union High, Santa Clarita

Theresa Noeth
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Ifeoma Odunze
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Wendell Oshiro
Murrieta Valley Unified, Murrieta

Alex Parisky
Los Angeles Unified, Sepulveda

Lydia Plaza
Lynwood Unified, Lynwood

Susan Pound
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Michael Rainville
Beaumont Unified, Beaumont

Carol Reeder
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Zamaria Rocio

Ava Rorita Brown
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Richard Rowland
Folsom-Cordova Unified, Folsom

Hayley Salazar
San Diego Unified, San Diego

Christie Santodomingo
Moraga Elementary, Moraga

Antoinette Schlobohm
Fremont Unified, Fremont

Theresa Schneider
Murrieta Valley Unified, Murrieta

Pamela Serzen-Dayton
San Ramon Valley Unified, San Ramon

Robert Seymour
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Santa Monica

Anna Shafer
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Linda Smith
Livermore Valley Joint Unified, Livermore

Kathryn Stevens

Kari Stewart
Walnut Creek Elementary, Walnut Creek

Sharon Strathman
Oceanside Unified, Oceanside

Stefanie Suffolk
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Santa Monica

Jenny Thomas
Sacramento City Unified, Sacramento

Randi Tunick
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Kimberly Uchida
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Lisa Ulsh

Robin Van Vorhis
Irvine Unified, Irvine

Rosalie Van Zyl
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Tami Warr
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Emily Williams
South Pasadena Unified, South Pasadena

John Wise
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Mabel Wong
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Barbara Wooley
Cupertino Union, Cupertino

Belinda Young
Los Angeles Unified, Chatsworth

Michele Yu
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Joanne Zachariades

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Patricia Abbasi
Kern Union High, Bakersfield

Jaime Abdilla
Sequoia Union High, Belmont

Ann Michelle Aberle
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Ayo Akatugba
Alameda City Unified, Alameda

John Altounji
Los Angeles Unified, Sylmar

Barbara Andrade
Los Angeles Unified, Reseda

Jamie Angulo
Jurupa Unified, Riverside

David Arias
Los Angeles Unified, Northridge

Victoria Arnold
Los Angeles Unified, Canoga Park

Carl Babb
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High,
Los Altos

Jill Baker
San Rafael City High, San Rafael

Patricia Barker
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Daniel Barnes
Centinela Valley Union High, Hawthorne

Daniel Barnhart
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Tara Barnhart
Whittier Union High, Whittier

Cheryl Bayley
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Julie Benke
Los Angeles Unified, Pacific Palisades

Charles Bigham
Los Angeles Unified, Carson

Gypsy Biller
Tustin Unified, Tustin

Tammy Bird
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Ian Bleakney
Berkeley Unified, Berkeley

Gerald Bodily
Fowler Unified, Fowler

Steven Born

James Brown
Tracy Joint Unified, Tracy

Barbara Brydon

Mary Buchanan
Tamalpais Union High, San Anselmo

Eric Burtson

Christopher Bushee

Angela Campbell
Los Angeles Unified, Sylmar

Valerie Cannon

Jeska Cardoso
Los Angeles Unified, San Fernando

Lisa Casey-O’Brien
Poway Unified, Poway

Marisela Cerda
Salinas Union High, Salinas

Martha Chacon
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Santa Monica

Lloyd Chapman

Joanna Chen
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Jerry Childers
Tamalpais Union High, Mill Valley

Arno Chrispeels
Poway Unified, Poway

Tatiana Chteine
Los Angeles Unified, Woodland Hills

Mariah Cone

Nancy Coulson
Davis Joint Unified, Davis

Sarah Crompton
Los Angeles Unified, Pacific Palisades

Paula Dallas

Thomas Dallman
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Toai Dao
Oakland Unified, Oakland

Annie Darakjian
Los Angeles Unified, Woodland Hills

Kristina Doss
Sequoia Union High, Belmont

Rowan Driscoll
Oakland Unified, Oakland

William Dunbar
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Thomas Eklund
Grossmont Union High, La Mesa

Steve Engelmann, M. Ed.

Erin English
Central Unified, Fresno

Myrna Estrada

Mark Fairbank
Paso Robles Joint Unified, Paso Robles

Kevin Fairchild
San Dieguito Union High, Encinitas

Forouzan Faridian

Michael Fillipow
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Jennifer Fleischer
Santa Rosa High, Santa Rosa

Myrna Fleming
Los Angeles Unified, Van Nuys

Jonathan Frank
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Jeni Freiermuth
Sweetwater Union High, San Diego

Sabina Fresquez
Sweetwater Union High, Chula Vista

Kimberlee Freudenberg

Cristina Galvan
Ravenswood City Elementary, Menlo Park

Dawn Gamberale
Poway Unified, Poway

Ronald Garrett
Poway Unified, Poway

Stephanie Gaudreau
Sweetwater Union High, Chula Vista

Melissa Getz
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

David Gonzales
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Anne Grace
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

William Graves
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Douglas Green
Travis Unified, Fairfield

Millie Hackworth
Tamalpais Union High, Larkspur

Pamela Halstead
Fortuna Union High, Fortuna

Cara Hanes
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Heidi Helene Haugen
Elk Grove Unified, Sacramento

Hilary Haugen
San Ramon Valley Unified, San Ramon

Susan Hayden
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified, Placentia

Paul Hedberg
Grossmont Union High, El Cajon

June Hilton
Claremont Unified, Claremont

Steven Hines
Los Angeles Unified, Reseda

Marissa Hipol

Joseph Hushek
Selma Unified, Selma

Lyn Ikoma

Tobias Jacoby
Pasadena Unified, Pasadena

Karen Jin
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Heather Jonson
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Erik Karns
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified, Placentia

Kathryn Keeran
Oakland Unified, Oakland

Nancy Kellogg
Brawley Union High, Brawley

Donald Kephart
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Darci Kimball
Sweetwater Union High, Chula Vista

Gerard Klimbal
Yosemite Unified, Oakhurst

Jo Ann Knecht
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Nancy Krajcar
Mt. Diablo Unified, Concord

David Krause
Paso Robles Joint Unified, Paso Robles

Veronica Krautheim
San Diego Unified, San Diego

Anita Kreide
Torrance Unified, Torrance

Tammy Kudela
Mariposa Co CYA Dist., Mariposa

Michael Kurth
Poway Unified, Poway

Peter Lafrance
Northern Humboldt Union High, Mckinleyville

Sara Laimon
Lawndale Elementary, Lawndale

Shawn Laureyns
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Dan Lavine
Poway Unified, Poway

Eric Lewis
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Linda Leyva
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Bernadine Luetgens
Yuba City Unified, Yuba City

Charlotte Lum-ku
Sequoia Union High, Redwood City

Rosanna Lupien
Ramona City Unified, Ramona

Joseph Mahood

Early Martin

Constance Mc Donnell-Rice
Santa Rosa High, Santa Rosa

Amy Mc Laughlin
Pasadena Unified, Pasadena

Heather Mellows
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Toni Melo
Ceres Unified, Ceres

Katherine Melvin
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Angela Merchant
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Keith Miller
Long Beach Unified, Lakewood

Suzanne Miller-Moody
Tehachapi Unified, Tehachapi

Raymond Millette, Jr.

Lily Min
Chaffey Joint Union High, Etiwanda

Lisa Minkin Gallegos
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Richard Moody
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Kimberly Moore
Folsom-Cordova Unified, Folsom

Richard Moore
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Vanessa Morris
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Joseph Murray
Murrieta Valley Unified, Murrieta

Kevin Nagaishi
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Rosa Nagaishi

Gerald Niehaus
San Diego Unified, San Diego

Daniel Noble
Santa Ana Unified, Santa Ana

Carolyn Noe Csongradi
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Katharine Noonan
Oakland Unified, Oakland

Heather O’Connor
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Casey O’Hara
Sequoia Union High, Belmont

Constance Oliver

Helen Olmsted
Poway Unified, San Diego

Tracy Ostrom
Oakland Unified, Oakland

Adam Paskowitz
Los Angeles Unified, Wilmington

Carl Pecevich
Los Angeles Unified, Reseda

Janet Pendleton
Grossmont Union High, El Cajon

Lindsay Penney
Long Beach Unified, Lakewood

Glenda Pepin
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Karen Perkins
Los Angeles Unified, Pacific Palisades

Bruce Petersen

Gregory Phillips
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Elisabeth Posner
Ukiah Unified, Ukiah

Maria Powell
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

Paul Quiggle
Salinas Union High, Salinas

Susan Quilici
Placer Hills Union Elementary, Weimar

Dan Raffa
Sequoia Union High, Belmont

John Rankin
Poway Unified, Poway

Marybeth Reardon
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Santa Monica

Richard Redman
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Dawn Rege
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Stephanie Rico
San Diego Unified, San Diego

Robert Rockwell
Long Beach Unified, Avalon

Luis Rodriguez
Los Angeles Unified, North Hollywood

Joseph Rowland
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Lori Rutherford
Whittier Union High, Santa Fe Springs

Hamid Saadzoi
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Laurel Salerno-white
Fairfield-Suisun Unified, Fairfield

Catherine Salvin
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

David Schalek
Los Angeles Unified, Pacific Palisades

Michael Schiehser
Fullerton Joint Union High, Fullerton

Sarah Schlussel
Kern Union High, Bakersfield

Carolyn Schwennsen

Linda Sciaroni
Centinela Valley Union High, Lawndale

Kevin Scully
Fairfield-Suisun Unified, Fairfield

Jerome Seliga
Los Angeles Unified, Van Nuys

Gary Serbeniuk
Los Angeles Unified, Bell

Kristin Shields
Travis Unified, Fairfield

Barbara Sitzman
Los Angeles Unified, Granada Hills

Mary Slate
Santa Clara Unified, Santa Clara

Julia Lynn Smith
Bear Valley Unified, Big Bear Lake

Stanley Smith
Yuba City Unified, Yuba City

Adina Sobo
San Diego Unified, San Diego

Marcia Sprang
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified, Placentia

Jonathan Stamper
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified, Rolling Hills Estates

Mary Stepter

Jessica Stewart
Rancho Santa Margarita

Kimberly Stoebner
Kern Union High, Bakersfield

Karen Taussig
Belmont

Jenni Taylor
Lawndale Elementary, Lawndale

Vance Thompson
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Gina Timm
San Juan Unified, Citrus Heights

Edye Carol Udell
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Benigno Vallejo
Los Angeles Unified, Chatsworth

Alan Van Divort
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Brendhen Van Loo
Burbank Unified, Burbank

Timothy Vanderpool
Long Beach Unified, Long Beach

Donna Vaughan

Barry Vella
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Jeannine Verellen
Garden Grove Unified, Fountain Valley

Karl Walker
Carlsbad Unifiedrlsbad

Steven Wallis
Centinela Valley Union High, Hawthorne

Allison Wehri
Yuba City Unified, Yuba City

Richard Weiss
Saddleback Valley Unified, Mission Viejo

Kam Weller
Long Beach Unified, Lakewood

Jack West Jr.
Sequoia Union High, Redwood City

Naomi White

James Wicks, Sr.
Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles

Julie Winter
San Juan Unified, Fair Oaks

Julie Witt Reis
San Francisco Unified, San Francisco

Wilton Wong
San Mateo Union High, San Bruno

Lisa Wu
Palo Alto Unified, Palo Alto

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S.F. Bay Area Science Events for July 2015

Posted: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

by Minda Berbeco

Free Entry Days at:

Bay Area Discovery Museum, First Wednesday of the month
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Better Together – California Teachers to Convene Across the State on July 31st

Posted: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

by Mei Louie

Across the state, California teachers are driving innovation in the classroom and shaping our students’ futures. To support their critical work, a coalition of California colleges and universities is inviting teachers to unite on Friday, July 31, 2015 to build powerful networks, share successful classroom practices and access effective resources to implement state standards.

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The Practice of Teaching Science

Posted: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

by Lisa Hegdahl

About 10 years ago, at an after school meeting, our presenter posed the question, “Why did you become a science teacher?” Each of my colleagues gave answers such as, “I wanted to affect the future”, “I loved working with children”, and “I wanted to stay young”. As it came closer for my turn to share, I was in a panic. The truth was, I became a science teacher as a way to get out of a dead end job that had long hours and paid next to nothing.

I have often thought about that day and about the noble motives for entering our profession expressed by my colleagues. Perhaps only those of us who truly have some kind of selfless calling should endeavor to be science teachers.   My reflections led me, however, to the conclusion that it is not important how people answer the question, “Why did you become a science teacher?” but how they answer the question, “Why do you continue teaching science?” I continue teaching science because I love it.

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After years as a Science Olympiad Coach, BTSA Support Provider, and Science Department Chairperson at my school site, the pursuit of improving my science teaching skills led me to join, and ultimately volunteer for, the California Science Teachers Association. I began by presenting workshops at the annual, CSTA hosted, California Science Education Conferences. Then, in 2009, Rick Pomeroy, my former UC Davis student teaching supervisor and CSTA President 2011-2013, asked me to join the planning committee for the 2010 California Science Education Conference in Sacramento.  He followed the conference committee request with invitations to chair the 2012 California Science Education Conference in San Jose, run for the 2011-2013 CSTA Jr. High/Middle School Director position, and finally, to submit my name for the 2015-2017 CSTA Presidency. Each of these experiences allowed me to network with and learn from other science educators and helped me gain new insights into science teaching.   In addition, they opened doors that led to other opportunities to become involved and influence science education at the state level – the CA NGSS State Rollouts, the California Curriculum Frameworks and Evaluation Criteria Committee, and the California NGSS Early Implementation Initiative.

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