Welcome New CSTA Board Members, Thank You Outgoing Board Members!
CSTA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012-2014 CSTA Elections and the appointment of a new Intermediate Director. Returning to his previous position is Eric Lewis as Region 2 Director. Returning to the board in a new capacity is Heather Wygant who will now serve as Treasurer. CSTA welcomes back to the board Gregory Potter in his new position as 4-Year College Director. New to the board are Jeff Orlinsky, High School Director, Sean Timmons, Intermediate Director, and Jeanine Wulfenstein, Region 4 Director.
Gregory Potter has been teaching at the university level for 12 years where his focus is on preparing multiple subject preservice teachers how to teach science. He is a Lifetime member of CSTA and is a member in good standing with NSTA and CMC. Gregory is strongly involved in the K-12 Alliance and has been involved in numerous science education projects in Northern California. He is a past Region 1 Director on the CSTA Board and has presented at many CSTA conferences.
Jeff Orlinsky has been teaching high school biology for the past 25 years. He currently teaches honors biology, AP biology, and earth science at Warren High School in Downey, CA. As the committee chair for the Assessment and Testing Committee in the California Teacher’s Association, he observed the development of the state standards and monitored state laws in the legislature. Jeff has been a California Science Education Conference presenter every year since 1992.
Sean Timmons is a science coordinator for the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Office. He is a fully credentialed educator with a Masters in Education and background in science and intermediate education. His career includes 13 years of professional experience in K-6 education, administration, project management, consulting, and professional development. He leads the planning and development of grant-funded projects for the science department at San Joaquin County Office to promote science inquiry, and coordinates project outreach, the department newsletter, and develops the departments web presence.
Jeanine Wulfenstein has been teaching science for 12 years. She currently teaches at Gardner Middle School in the Temecula Valley USD. She has served as a staff developer for the K-12 Alliance under the continuation of a California Math and Science Partnership grant. Jeanine has also served as a member of the district science curriculum adoption committee, a site GATE coordinator, a science department chair, a science club advisor, and an elementary science coach.
On June 30, 2012 CSTA said farewell to four outgoing board members who have dedicated countless volunteer hours to CSTA. CSTA thanks them sincerely for their hard work and commitment to the association and its future. Several outgoing members will be serving as committee members in the coming year, and we look forward to their continued service. Please take a moment to thank your outgoing board members.
At the final meeting of the 2011-2012 year, the outgoing board members expressed their goodbyes:
Peter A’Hearn: I truly enjoy it and expect to be back.
David Budai: It has been an honor and privilege.
Donna Ross: Thank you, enjoyed it.
Karen Withey-Smith: Thanks for six great years of great learning experiences and for the support.
The CSTA board of directors welcomes your comments and contributions. Please feel free to post a comment below or send them an e-mail at email@example.com.
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
“SOL Grotto, 2012. 1368 glass tubes, paint. Fabrication: Matarozzi Pelsinger, Rael San Fratello Architects. SOL Grotto is a contemporary take on a grotto or Throeau’s cabin – a spartan retreat that is a space of solitude and close to nature – where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light. The SOL Grotto also explores Solyndra’s role as a company S#@t Out of Luck. 1,368 of the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined to be destroyed as a casualty of their bankruptcy, are used in the installation. The tube’s original role as a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air into the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify sounds from the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations of the tubes cantilevering over the creek, and to create distorted views of the garden. The form of the electric blue array evokes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds can call reality into question.”
Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
Congratulations to CSTA member and STEM Educator, Katherine Schenkelberg, of West High School, in Torrance, CA! Katherine was recently awarded one of the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. An appointed panel of experts selected her for her innovative use of data-collection technology. “The use of data-collection technology in the classroom helps foster students’ interest in STEM education and provides them with engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “For ten years Vernier and NSTA have recognized innovative STEM educators through this award and this year’s winners are no exception – their projects and programs truly utilize the power of data-collection technology as part of the teaching and learning process.” Learn More…
by Tim Williamson
Members of the California Science Teachers Association are now in the process of voting for qualified CSTA members to fill the seven openings on the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term.
The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…