May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Celebrating CSTA Members in the New School Year

Posted: Thursday, September 15th, 2016

by Lisa Hegdahl

April through July, 2016, the California Science Teachers Association welcomed the following New and Renewing Members
(CSTA/NSTA Joint Memberships may not be reflected in this list):

Rachel Abercrombie
Michelle Abernathy
Jamie Alvarez
Sarah Amarragy
Yvonne Andrade
Joelle Andrews
Brittany Appleby
Richard Archer
Angela Arechiga
Michelle Arias
Monique Armstrong
Guadalupe Arteaga
Mary Jane Ashley
Stacy Baehr
Kathryn Baker
Maria Aurora Barron
Andrea Barron
Jessica Bibbs-Fox
Matt Bidwell
Gypsy Biller
John Billman
Debbie Bonilla
Gina Bosotino
Sarah Boughey
Frank Bovi
Cindy Braby
Jessica Bracken
Meredtih Brandon
Delores Bravo
Michelle Brouchoud
Ryan Brown
Barbara Brown
Teryl Burditt
Nicole Cabase
Araceli Caldera
Mary Campbell
Elizabeth Cantu
Michaelann Carroll
Aaron Carter
Kimberly Cashin
Carmela Castrejon
Stacey Castro
Brikia Cephus
Kathryn Chaffins
Kimberly Claytor
Eugene Cordero
Lydia Cordova
Nancy Cotter
Roger Cramer
Corrie Cruise
Robert Curcio
Hardiman Cureton
Dany Dara
Shauna Dauenhauer
Alyssa Davis
Scott Davis
Olivia De La Torre
Tanvir Dhillon
Julie DiMaio
Gabriella Dominguez
Julie Draa
Lillie Dubai
Shawna Duncan
Carola Dunham
Linda Ekstrom
Elizabeth Elliot
Patrick Escott
Janice Farmer
Irma Fernandez
Joseph Fiktarz
Courtney Fitzgerald
Maria Flaherty
Leslie Flores
Carolina Fonseca
Vannessa Fowler
Eric Garber
Alex Gibbons
David Gomes Bourdier
Sandra Goodrich
Maria Guevara
Ronald Guilliams
Mary Gunderso
Candice Guy
Carla Hale
Stuart Hall
Mark Hamamura
Bill Harris
Gloria Harwood
Allison Hernandez
Kelly Herrman
Kelly Hickman
Linda Hill-Lindsay
Maria Holcomb
Taylor Holloway
Tiffany Hughes
Kristen Hurst
Mary Inglish
Carrie Isbell
Khadija Iyer
Damien Jacotin
Kelly Jacotin
Mozhdeh Jamison
Daniel Jaramillo
Leslie Jimenez
Salvador Jimenez
Susan Johnson
Heather Johnson
Kelly Jones
Jill Jones
Stephanie Jordan
Brooke Judge
Leslie Kapner
Krisha Kerr-Poole
Lyndsey Kier
Jerry Knaack
Carl Kohns
Jennifer Kramer
Jessica Kurtz
Denise Lambert
Michelle Lambeth
Karen Lane
Randy Lapin
Marlene Larios
Rosa Latorre
John LeFay
Eric Lehew
Chelsea Lewis
Jomei Liao
Dolores Loera
Leslie Longabach
Jill Lytle
Michele Marcus
Joni Marques
Vanessa Marquez
Barbara Marrs
Richard Martin
Carol Martindale
Lance Mayhofer
Christine Mazalewski
April McBride
Monique McWayne
Molina Meas
Susana Medina
Richard Medina
Rosa Mitchell
Jill Moeller
James Monroe
April Montes
Kat Montgomery
Michael Mullen
Julie Munoz
Jenny Munoz
Jerry Myers
Patricia Newman
Sheila Nguyen
Ellen Noble
Sara Norris
Linda Nutile
Roger Olson
Shirleen Oplustic
Scot Oschman
Lori Ott
Brian Paavo
Rudolph Patterson
Amanda Penaloza-Banks
Kimberly Petrov
Heidi Plowe
Chelsea Poma
Michelle Posnikoff
Margaret Purdy
Tiffani Quan
Carleen Quezada
Tina Ramsey
Jennifer Rasic
Joy Rasic
Isaac Raymond
Patty Reetz
Stacie Rego
Marcia Reilly
Erin Reiss
Danielle Reo
Stephanie Rice
Michele Robb
Michael Robinson
Dorothy Rodriguez
Brandon Rodriguez
Feliciano Rodriguez
Colin Rodriguez
Beth Rogers
Erick Roldan
Jaclyn Rosen
Renee Rubio
Daisy Rubio
Robert Ruiz
Denise Ryan
Cristina Salas
Siria Salas
Rhonda Salyer Wixom
Emily Sanders
Susan Scott
Hanna Seidler
Jaclyn Severn
Molly Shaw
Tristan Shorba
Kathleen Shreve
Linda Shumate
Elizabeth Silveira
Wendy Simpson
Elizabeth Smit
Laurie Smith
Laura Solarez
Sibyl Sperber
Cyrene St. Amant
Shawneen Staley
Sasha Stallard
Holly Steele
Michelle Steever
Anne Stephens
Andrew Swelnis
Shannon Tabata
Maria Torres
Elizabeth Usher
Jim Vanides
Margaret Vargas
Ana Vazquez
Heather Vernon
Colleen Villasenor
Elaine Wallace
Darren Webb
Anna Weber
Anne Webster
Christi Wilkins
Ben Williams
Rebecca Wingerden
Hilary Wolcott
Marta Wood
Casey Woodgrift
Michelle Woods
Jenae Worsham
Rebecca Wright
Kristine Yoder
Mamiche Young
Derek Zhang
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core_ideasAll CSTA members benefit from:

  • The timely content of California Classroom Science 12 times per year
  • Up to date information concerning California’s adoption of NGSS provided through, among other forums, town hall meetings, NGSS resource page on the CSTA website – California Classroom Science, and e-mail blasts.
  • Reduced registration fees to the annual California Science Education Conference (and other CSTA-sponsored events)
  • Exclusive, member-only e-mail alerts on hot topics and issues
  • Representation for members at the state level to influence state policies that enhance the profession

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It is no wonder thousands of California science teachers are proud CSTA members.

Additional membership benefits:

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Discounts:

  • Reduced pricing on over 25,000 in-stock products and 4,000 environmentally responsible products and services.
  • Flexible purchasing options via catalog, online, dedicated, customer service team or in store.
  • Retail Connect SM card gives members their contract-negotiated price in store at any one of nearly 1,000 OfficeMax retail locations.
  • Customized digital print solutions through OfficeMax.

(Check out the Member-only Discount page for the discount codes.)

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  • Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket discounts are available to CSTA members via the CSTA Preferred Ticket sales store.
  • CSTA members and their guests save $5 on admission.
  • Tickets must be purchased via the online store and printed to take to the Aquarium for admission.
  • Visit the CSTA Members Only benefits page to access the online store.

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  • Up to 25% off promotional rates.
  • Convenient airport locations.
  • Where2TM GPS – State-of-the-art GPS system that guides through every mile of your trip, giving you clear, simple directions, real-time road conditions and much more.
  • Timesaving services, like Avis Preferred Service, e-Receipt and Roving Rapid Return
  • Avis e-Receipt – Within 24 hours of returning your vehicle, you’ll have your Avis receipt e-mailed to you, free of charge. It’s a convenient way to avoid lost receipts, complete expense reports, and save time when returning your car.
  • Complimentary Preferred® Service enrollment – A fast and easy counter bypass program with added benefits and special amenities, such as the best parking spots and more vehicles. Available at participating locations.
  • (Check out the Member-only Discount page for the discount codes.)

The California Science Teachers Association would like to thank you for your membership. Without your support, we could not have accomplished all we have these past 50 years.

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Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is President for CSTA.

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