May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

CSTA Welcomes New and Renewing Members from January and February 2016

Posted: Monday, March 14th, 2016

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Our many thanks to the following 174 individuals for joining CSTA or renewing their membership in CSTA in the months of January and February 2016. CSTA has more than 3,000 members and represents science educators in call grade levels K-university. CSTA members enjoy the benefits of:

One-year, three-year, CSTA/NSTA joint membership, new teacher, retired teacher, and preservice teacher memberships are all options that CSTA offers. Visit our membership website for more information.

New and Renewing Members:

Davin Aalto
Candice Aguirre
Peter A’Hearn
Tracy Albrecht
Stephanie Anastasopoulos
Kathleen Anders-Sagan
Bill Andrews
Vivian Ariza
Andrea Aust

Kenneth Balderrama
Kristina Bandziulis
Robyn Battaglia
Jessica Beckham
Michael Beiersdorf
Anne Marie Bergen
Kyla Bradylong
Valarie Broadhead
Barbara Brydon
Jackie Burneson
Heather Butler

Joseph Calmer
Kelly Canino
Juan Catalan
Bill Cavanagh
Jamie Chan
Anjali Chandran
Elizabeth Chang
Cheryl Chase
Sylvia Chatagnier
Alan Chen
Tara Clarke
Koreen Corbett
Diane Coventry
Jen Cox
Christine Crispin
Thomas Crofoot

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Adam Daley
Dena Deck
Marina DeGroot
Tova Diaz
Polly Diffenbaugh
Kevin Dufault

Joan Ellis
John Feathers
Christina Fintikakis
Joanne Firestone
Jason Fisk
Aulikki Flagan
Carolyn Fong
Justin Fournier
Sherwood Fuellas

Courtney Gagnon
Anna Gaiter
Bridget Gardea
Prudence Gemmell
Carolyn Gencarella
John Gifford
Maria Giordano-Licoscos
Anna Grace
Jennie Guzman

Wendy Hagan
Stacey Hamamura
Lorie Hammond
John Hampton
Abraham Hanono
Erica Hardbarger
Julie Hargrove
Vickie Harri
Jennifer Hartigan
Lee Anne Hatch
Melody Haughton
Doug Henderson
Herman Hilkey
Amy Hjortland
Linda Hodges
Rick Hoffman
Barbara Hogan
Julie Huffman

Nathan Inouye

Cynthia Jenson-Elliott
Kim Jones

Richard Keene
Michael Kenny
Paul Killian
Laura Kitagawa
Brian Kruse
Benjamin Ku

Chad Lazreg
Janet Lee
Obie Leff
Amanda Libke
Alison Linden
Jose Lopez
Peggy Lubchenco
Nicole Luckin
Jeff Lukens
Glen Lusebrink
Heather Lutes
Taylor Lyen

Suzanna Macedo
Shirley Magnusson
Lilian Marmon
Wendy Marshall
Guadalupe Martin
Sarah Martin
Patricia McBride
Sarah McGrew
Shawna Metcalf
Ellen Metzger
Dorothy Mockus Lubin
Dawn Moffett
Katharine Monsma
Linda Morris
Mark Moss
Sylvia Mulvehill
Heather Murphy

Julie Newdoll
Greg Nicholas
Mary Nowak

Laura O’Dell

Parul Patel
Roger Pence
Nick Perez
Michel Perez
Aileen Perry
Gaia Pine
Krystal Poloka

Erik Ramirez
Gretchen Reynolds
Jennifer Rigby
William Ritz
Lynda Rogers
Jessie Rubner
Amani Rushing

Peter Sabin
Katherine Sanchez
Kaleigh Schiro
Karen Schmidt
Andrea Schnitz
Mike Schulist
Jodye Selco
Susan Selle
Dee Sheahan
April Shishido
Bud Smith
Sarah Soule
Toby Spencer
John Spiegel
Sandra Starr
Christine Steigelman
Georgia Stern
Jamie Stevenson
Jennifer Stewart
Laura Stockton
Gina Stolpestad
Jasmine Suttles
Rajasree Swaminathan

Laurie Thomas
Wayne Thompson
Michelle Trimble
Nelly Tsai
Shelley Turski

Susan Varney
Carolyn Viviano

Jennifer Weibert
Mary Whaley
Arielle Whitacre
Marla White
Ali Widmar
Emily Williams
Karen Wilson
Brian Woods

David Youngblood

Shana Zent

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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Teachers engaging in hands-on learning during a workshop at the 2016 CSTA conference.

Don’t miss your chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2017 CSTA Conference – the early-bird rate closes July 14. Need ideas on how to secure funding for your participation? Visit our website for suggestions, a budget planning tool, and downloadable justification letter to share with your admin. Want to take advantage of the early rate – but know your district will pay eventually? Register online today and CSTA will reimburse you when we receive payment from your district/employer. (For more information on how that works contact Zi Stair in the office for details – 916-979-7004 or zi@cascience.org.)

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Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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On July 1, 2017 five CSTA members concluded their service and four new board members joined the ranks of the CSTA Board of Directors. CSTA is so grateful for all the volunteer board of directors who contribute hours upon hours of time and energy to advance the work of the association. At the June 3 board meeting, CSTA was able to say goodbye to the outgoing board members and welcome the incoming members.

This new year also brings with it a new president for CSTA. As of July 1, 2017 Jill Grace is the president of the California Science Teachers Association. Jill is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a former middle school science teacher, and is currently a Regional Director with the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd where she works with California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative districts and charter networks in the San Diego area.

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