Below are the biographies for the 2021 NSELA Candidates. Voting will be open for January 2021.

President-Elect

Page Keeley

Biography: Page Keeley, Author and Science Education Consultant, Fort Myers, FL (2012-20);Senior Science Program Director, Maine Math & Science Alliance (1996-2012); M.Ed inScience Education, Univ. of Maine; B.S. Life Sciences/Pre-veterinary, Univ. of NewHampshire; NSELA member since 1997; NSELA Board Member, Region C (2013-16);Presenter at several NSELA SLIs and PDIs; Invited speaker at several national and international conferences; NSELA ED Task Force (2016); NSELA Leadership AcademyTask Force (2017); Past President of NSTA (2008-09); NSTA Alliance of Affiliate Chair(2009); NSTA District 2 Director (1994-97); Fellow of the WestEd National Academy forScience Education Leadership; President of the Maine Science Teachers Assoc. (1991-95); Member of NSELA, NSTA, and NARST. Author of 22 books and 60+ journalarticles; Science Education Delegation Leader to South Africa (2008), China (2009),India (2011), Cuba (2013); Elected school board member, Jefferson, ME (1994-1998);NSF review panelist (2000-2005); NSTA Distinguished Service Award (2017); NSELA OLISE Award (2013); Susan Loucks-Horsley Award (Learning Forward 2009); 1994 Milken Distinguished Educator Award 1994; Secondary Science Presidential Award (Maine 1992); Middle School Science Teacher, Whitefield, ME (1983-94); Middle SchoolMath and Science Teacher, Farmingdale, ME; High School Biology Teacher, Waldoboro, ME (1980-1982); Research assistant immunogenetics, Jackson Lab, BarHarbor, ME (1977-1980).
 

Secretary

Trisha Herminghaus

Biography: B. A. Elementary Education; University of Montana; 1974 M. S. Science Education; Oregon State University; 1990

Trisha served NSELA as Region F Director for three years, as Secretary since 2005, as a member of the Professional Development Committee, and the Bylaws and Operations Manual Task Forces. She has attended NSELA events annually, facilitated breakout sessions, assisted with set-up and debriefs, and contributed articles over the years to the Navigator, and e-blasts.
Trisha taught grades 1- 6 for 20 years in rural, urban, and suburban schools, worked for 20 years with a team to implement the Anchorage School District Science Curriculum K-12, and recently worked on a committee to write Science Standards for Alaska. Trisha serves on the Board of the Alaska Science Teachers' Association, has worked on the planning committee for Alaska statewide STEAM conferences, and works with districts across Alaska and the United States to understand 3-Dimensional learning, implement curriculum, provide professional learning opportunities, and assess successes. Over the years she has also worked with science education colleagues in Mexico and China. Trisha is a lifetime member of the Alaska Science Teachers Association (ASTA), long-time member of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), and has worked on several committees for both organizations. In 1991 she was the recipient of the Presidential Award (NSF) and in 2019 the Emma Walton Distinguished Service Award (ASTA).

 

Kimberly Smith

Biography: Current Position: Science Department Chair, Homewood-Flossmoor High School (2017-Present), prior to becoming department chair, I taught Physical Science, Biology, Microbiology, and AP Biology, served on the Gifted Committee, Negotiations Committee, Professional Steering Committee, Biology team leader, was a Regional Union Representative, and a class sponsor. I have worked at Homewood-Flossmoor HS since 1998.

Degrees-BS Biology-St. Xavier University, Chicago, 1995, MA Education, St. Xavier University, Chicago, 2000, MS Biology, Purdue University Calumet,2004, Indiana, EdS Supervision, National Louis University, Chicago, 2018.

Member of NSELA since 2017, regular participant in local ISELA Activities.

Additional Activities and Honors-Illinois Society for Microbiology since 2010, Education Council for ISM since 2018, member of ISELA since 2017, Presenter for NISE conventions (Northern Illinois Science Educators) 2017, 2018, and spring of 2019. CDC Science Ambassador 2020, NSTA Nominations Committee, 2019-2020, NSTA Nominations Committee Chair, 2020-2021, board member for Chicago Biodiversity Assessment Advisory, presented at Homewood Science Center about Viruses and Citizen Science. Worked with northern Illinois science department chairs to produce and distribute face shields to health care workers, spring, 2020. Collaborated with Homewood-Science Center to launch a citizen science project for students and community members in the fall of 2020.

 

Region B Director

Gregory MacDougall

Biography: Gregory has a long and varied history of working and influencing the field of science education at the classroom, district, state, and national levels. He taught science for eight years and became the High School Science Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He was Chair of the Leadership Committee for the Virginia Science Education Leadership Association, and president of Tidewater VASCD. Mr. MacDougall moved to South Carolina as a science specialist as part of a regional arm of the South Carolina Department of Education. He is past-president of the South Carolina Science Education Leadership Association (SC-SELA), and past member of the Science Leadership Committee and past Council member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  He moved back to Virginia in 2016 to work at a maximum-security juvenile detention facility where graduation rate doubled during his first year. He is now a Science Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education. Gregory has authored several articles for the NSTA. He has a passion for science education, learning about high performing high poverty schools, and helping educators accelerate student achievement.

 

Wendi Vogel

Biography: I am the Science Consultant at Kent Intermediate School District, located in Grand Rapids, MI (2015-Present). I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with minors in science, mathematics, and interdisciplinary content (Calvin University, 1998) and a Master's Degree in Science Education (Aquinas College, 2003). Prior to providing county-wide support for implementation of NGSS in my current role, I taught middle school science and math in Kentwood Public Schools in Kentwood, MI (1997-2015). Currently, I am the Michigan Science Education Leadership Association (MSELA) President, an affiliate of NSELA, and an NSELA member. I am also a Board Member at Large for the Michigan Math and Science Leadership Network, a member of the Disciplinary Literacy Task Force for the General Education Leadership Network, and the Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee for Groundswell at Grand Valley State University. I am a current member of NSTA and MSTA. I am a trained facilitator of NGSS aligned resources such as MiSTAR out of Michigan Technological University and Multiple Literacies Project Based Learning out of CREATE4STEM at Michigan State University (MSU). Last year, I also served as a coach with SOLIDStart, also out of MSU. I have facilitated 30+ NGSX cohorts, and currently serve on a statewide networking committee. I am the co-founder and co-moderator of @NGSS_tweeps, a rotating science educator Twitter account on NGSS implementation from a teacher's perspective.

 

Region D Director

Shelly LeDoux

Biography: Shelly provides leadership and guidance for K-12 math and science programs at the Dana Center. Shelly works within local and state educational systems to foster equity and access for all students through coherent, aligned professional development systems. She exposes teachers, school leaders, and above-school-level leaders to research-based strategies that nurture students' intellectual passions and ensure that every student leaves school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the contemporary workplace. Shelly uses current research on effective and culturally responsive instructional leadership, high-leverage teaching practices, and relevant student learning practices to design, develop, and facilitate professional learning opportunities for educators. She collaborates with districts and states to best address specific concerns at a system level and capitalizes on their unique resources.

Shelly has 14 years of secondary education teaching experience, including teaching assignments in Biology, AP Chemistry, Chemistry, and Physics. As part of her desire to improve educational outcomes for students, she also authored curricular resources for students and professional learning experiences for educators at all levels of school systems. Shelly also has three years of academic administrative experience, working to improve college access for underserved students.

 

Beverly DeVore-Wedding

Biography: Bev DeVore-Wedding is currently employed as an assistant professor, Teacher Education Department, Adams State University, Alamosa CO, since August 2019. She earned three degrees from the University of Wyoming: B.S in Botany & Science Education & an M.S. in Botany. She earned an M.S. degree in Science Education from Montana State University, Bozeman. She completed her Ph. D. in Teaching, Curriculum, & Teacher Learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while a graduate assistant & then a postdoc for 1.75 years in Chemistry. DeVore-Wedding joined NSELA in 2007. She attended NSELA Summer Institutes in 2010, Literacy in Science, & 2012, Explore the K-12 Framework & the Draft Next Generation Science Standards Document. This led to reviewing NGSS for Achieve and NSTA as well as presenting at NSTA/Achieve NGSS Implementation workshop in 2012, Indianapolis. DeVore-Wedding taught secondary science and mathematics for 28 years on the western slope of Colorado. She implemented place-& project-based instruction in both mathematics & science courses. She served Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST), first as a District III Secondary Representative & then in the presidential chain, 1998-2009. CAST recognized her as science teacher of the year, 2011. From there, she served one term, 2009-12 as the District XIV Director (AZ, CO & UT) on the NSTA Council & as the Director of High School Science Teaching on their Board, 2013-16.

 

Region F Director

Brian Kruse

Biography: Growing up in Washington, I experienced both wet and dry. My father, a Boeing engineer, lost his job in 1969 when the SST was cut.  Moving to East Wenatchee, I came to love the wide open spaces of wheat fields, channeled scablands, orchards and the nearby mountains. Explorations along the Columbia River, and flying with my father instilled a love of science and flight. Living in western and southern Oregon, I taught 9th grade science, and learned how to create innovative learning opportunities. Moving to California, I was the NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator at NASA Ames Research Center, covering much the same states as are in Region F. Working with schools in each of the states, I became familiar with educators throughout the region. For 11 years I have worked at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a non-profit dedicated to promoting science literacy through astronomy. A decade ago I attended an NSELA meeting, and was immediately welcomed as a peer and encouraged to get involved.  NSELA has made my work with teachers far easier. It has provided the opportunity for me to build my skills so I can better serve the educators I work with. NSELA Activities: 2019-Now: Nominations and Elections Chair; 2015-18: Region F Director; 2016-18: Operations Manual Task Force; 2011-18: Informal Education Committee; co-presenter of NSELA sessions at NSTA. Director ASP Teacher Learning Center; BS Geology Whitworth Univ. Spokane, WA; MS Aviation and Space Science Oklahoma State Univ.

 

Shannon Wachowski

*Current Employment Information
Science & C/VE Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education - Cheyenne, WY June 2020-Present

*Degrees Received
M.A. in Teaching, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 2009
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 2002

*NSELA Activities
Volunteer-Professional Development Committee (as of Aug. 2020)

*Additional Activities and Honors
Professional and Teaching Experience:
University of Wyoming-Academic Outreach Coordinator; Laramie, WY; Jan. 2019-May 2020
University of Northern Colorado-Instructor; Greeley, CO; Aug. 2017-Dec. 2018
Platte Valley High School-Science Teacher; Kersey, CO; Aug. 2015-Dec. 2018
Morgan Community College-Instructor; Bennett, CO; Aug. 2014-Jul. 2016
Weld Central High School-Science Teacher; Keenesburg, CO; Aug. 2006-Jul. 2015
GAF Materials Corporation-Quality Engineer; Fontana, CA; Aug. 2002-Aug. 2004

Professional Activities:
AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy Fellowship; College Park, MA; May 2019-Present
The POGIL Project; Lancaster, PA; Jan. 2014-Present
Physics Through Evidence; Boulder, CO; Aug. 2016-Present
Education Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet; Denver, CO; Jun. 2017-Dec. 2018
Science Standards Revision Committee; Denver, CO; Apr. 2017-Jun. 2018
Streamline to Mastery; Boulder, CO; Jun. 2014-Sept. 2019
CCSSO Science Collaborative; Washington D.C.; Jun. 2020-Present

Honors and Awards:
ACS-Hach P.D. Grant; Jan. 2015
ACS-Hach Chemistry Grant; Jun. 2011