March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Staying Connected by Volunteering

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

by Lisa Hegdahl

As an 8th grade science teacher in a district that is participating in the CA NGSS Early Implementation Initiative, I spent much of my summer break training with members of other Early Implementer districts (see NGSS Blog- Middle School Integrated Science- Getting Over It! By Peter A’hearn. Just as our students want to feel connected to each other (see Starting the School Year Right, by Joanne Michael) teachers also seek opportunities to connect and collaborate with other educators – even more so now with NGSS implementation actively happening in California. Perhaps connecting with others is the reason why, this year, the California Science Teachers Association had a record number of its members volunteer to serve on its committees. Teachers know that we are stronger when we come together to overcome our challenges.

The table below shows the number of CSTA non-board members who volunteered their time for CSTA committees over the past few years.

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Many of these CSTA members answered the call for volunteers that was publicized earlier this year in California Classroom Science. CSTA relies on its volunteers to do much for the association and we would not be able to offer the programs and services we do without their support. As educators ourselves, members of the CSTA board of directors recognize what a busy time this is for science educators in California. New standards, new assessments, new funding mechanism, uncertain accountability, and more have us all scrambling to keep up. Still, having a large number of our membership on committees allows for more science teacher voices to be represented at the state level, more sharing about what we are learning, and more input into developing our own professional learning experiences.
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I invite you to take a look at the list of names below. Perhaps you know one or more of these talented and dedicated professionals. As the new school year begins, allow me to thank every one of CSTA’s volunteers for their time and commitment to advancing high quality science education in California. Keep reading California Classroom Science for more ways you can stay connected by volunteering and, in the spring of 2016, look again for the opportunity to submit your name for a CSTA committee and to run in the annual CSTA Board of Director’s election.

CSTA Non Board Members who answered the call to volunteer on a CSTA Committee:

Brooke Beckett
Brennan Brockbank
Joseph Calmer
Sue Campbell
Ashley Carter
Kathleen Champeny
Juanita Chan
Jim Clark
Elizabeth Cooke
Guadalupe De La O
Bethany Dixon
Sara Dozier
Mary Elizabeth
Clay Elliot
Nathan Fairchild
Deb Farkas
John Galisky
Dean Gilbert
Wendy Hagen
Carolyn Halpern
Vicki Harri
Linda Henika
Carolyn Holcroft
Kurt Holland
Kristen Hurst
Shawna Jaggi
Samantha Johnson
Sinead Klement
Rebecca Kloster
Eric Lewis
Lisa Marroquin
Kasha Maslowski
Shawna Metcalf
Laura O’Dell
Hope Oliver
Rodney Olson
Casey Passmore
Rick Pomeroy
Cheryl Romig
Phil Romig
Katrina Rotter
Patricia Saucedo
Katherine Schenkelberg
Karolee Smiley
Anne Stephens
Kate Tobin
Camie Walker
Vicente Washington
Yvonne White
Heather Wygant

Also volunteering their time are your CSTA Board of Directors:

Peter A’Hearn
Minda Berbeco
Jill Grace
Laura Henriques
Valerie Joyner
Joanne Michael
Marian Murphy-Shaw
Jeff Orlinsky
Mary Whaley
Jeanine Wulfenstein

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Written by Lisa Hegdahl

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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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