2020 TED Officer Elections

published Jun 1, 2020 9:39am

It is time to vote for officers for the Teacher Education Division of NAGT. The 2020 ballot for TED officers is for President, Vice President, Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Media Director. The voting begins on June 1 and ends on July 1, 2020.

Officer Candidate Elections


George Bartuska teaches at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, an IB Magnet School in Lakeland, Florida. Within the Space Foundation's Teacher Liaison program, George engages in peer-to-peer instruction. Previously, he served as Academic Advisor to USAF Civil Air Patrol and taught adult Coast Guard Auxiliary members in mandated Coastal Marine Weather and Hurricane Preparedness courses. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. Since then, George has emphasized meteorology, oceanography, and space sciences education. In his current position, George facilitated a Sea Perch Challenge Grant through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for 7th & 8th grade students to build and operate Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) underwater. He also obtained two years grant funding for High Altitude Balloon Launch from Motorola Corp. and the Polk Education Foundation, as well as a SPLASH Grant from the Southwest Water Management District to purchase an Aquifer Groundwater Model and other teaching instrumentation.

Education: Currently licensed to teach Earth-Space Science (grades 6-12), FL. Pursuing Doctor of Business Administration degree at Orlando University, Orlando, FL. M.Sc. Health Management, Orlando University, Orlando, FL. B.Sc. Agriculture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Professional Experience: Kathleen High School, Lakeland, FL - Taught AP Environmental Science, Marine Science, and Earth-Space Science; introduced Project Based Learning (PBL) into the classroom and SKYPE to interact with National Weather Service Meteorologist. Central Florida Aerospace Academy, Lakeland, FL - Charter faculty member and first-year teacher in inaugural launch. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Tampa, FL. American Society of Civil Engineers Educational Outreach.

Vice President

Christopher Roemmele received his PhD. from the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, focusing on geoscience education. His dissertation research focused on undergraduate students taking introductory geology to identify specific topics activities that initiate changes in their attitudes and conceptual understanding. As a result of his findings, his current research involves the development and creation of instructional demonstration videos and virtual reality field trips for use in introductory geology classes (and ultimately middle-secondary science classes) and determining their impact on learning, understanding, and appreciation of geoscientific concepts. Dr. Roemmele is deeply interested in developing and collaborating on new activities that promote active learning environments for the geology/earth science classroom of all levels – particularly through the use of demonstrations and interactive collaborative meetings. He has published in NSTA's Science Teacher and Science Scope, NESTA's The Earth Scientist, and NAGT's In the Trenches. While at Purdue, he was the Coordinator of the GK-12 Program, which provides middle-school teaching experiences for graduate students of all disciplines, and helped to incorporate their research interests into standards-based lessons. Prior to Purdue, Dr. Roemmele taught high school and middle school earth science for 15 years in New Jersey, during which time he was President of the New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association, and was a university adjunct teaching earth science and elementary science methods. He received his Master's Degree in Science Education from Kean University, and his Bachelor of Arts in the Geosciences from Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Roemmele currently serves as Vice President and Awards Chair for the NAGT Eastern Section, and is a NESTA member and reviewer for The Earth Scientist, and a member of NSTA and GSA's Geoscience Education Division.

Past President

Laura Hollister is a veteran geoscience teacher of 19 years who currently teaches A.P. Environmental Science and the Living Earth at Pitman High School in Turlock, California. The focus of her teaching is utilizing relevant, place based Earth Science phenomena to engage students in experiencing the breadth of work that scientists do. Additionally Laura has experience teaching Geoscience, Astronomy, Physics, Physical Science and Integrated Science, as well as teaching science teachers how to utilize the Next Generation Science Standards in their classrooms. In 2009 Laura was named the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher for the Far West Section of the NAGT and is the Co-author of 3 NAGT Far West Section Filed Guides: Geology and Climatology of the Saddlebag Lake Region, Tioga Pass, California, Fall 2012; Geology of Lava Beds National Monument, Fall 2007; and the Geology of Del Puerto Canyon, Central Diablo Range, California Fall 1998. She is also a co-author of Traversing California's Iconic Sierra Nevada Through Sonora Pass published in Earth Magazine. Prior to becoming a High School Educator Laura worked as a consulting Environmental Geologist based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Education: B. S. in Geology, California State University, Stanislaus; M. S. Environmental Geoscience, Mississippi State in progress.

Professional Experience: Making Sense of Science i3 Grant Project Teacher Leader; California Science Project Teacher Leader, Stanislaus County High Schools; NASA-ASU-AGI Triad Leadership Training at Arizona State University and Jet Propulsion Lab, 2012—2013


Bridget Mulvey is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Previously, Bridget was a middle school and high school science teacher, with a focus on earth and environmental science. She also has taught multiple informal science and STEM education summer camps for ages 3-6 and grades K-12. Her research interests include science practices / inquiry, understanding characteristics of scientific knowledge and inquiry, and using technology to support the doing of science and/or to promote science content understandings. Overall, she seeks to improve science teaching and learning for underrepresented groups with a focus on minority, female, and special education teachers and students.

Education: B.A. Geology and English, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo; M.S. Geological Sciences, Indiana University at Bloomington; Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Virginia.

Professional Experience: Undergraduate Geology Lab Instructor and Instructor Trainer, SUNY Geneseo; Associate Instructor, undergraduate geology courses, Indiana University at Bloomington; Grade 8-12 Science Teacher; Undergraduate and graduate science teaching methods courses, Kent State University; Instructor, various science / STEM camps for ages 3-6 and grades K-12 students.

Professional Service: Co-lead, NAGT working group on hydrogeology and environmental virtual field experiences; Editorial Review Board member for Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Science Teacher Education, and Innovations in Science Teacher Education; Facilitator of teacher professional development sessions; and more.

Media Director

Suzanne Metlay Ph.D. is full-time faculty at Western Governors University, Teachers College, preparing pre-service and of-record teachers to become middle school and high school Earth science educators with subject matter expertise in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Suzanne teaches graduate students as well as undergraduates, and specializes in Praxis and state content exams nationwide. Suzanne is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Competency Based Education (2015-present); founded and administered Earth Education Resources for Two-Year College Faculty (EarthEd2YC; with Rusty Low, NASA Earth Forum Lead; 2014-2015); and served on the NAGT Geosciences for Two-Year Colleges (Geo2YC) executive board (archivist; 2012-2014). Prior to joining WGU, Suzanne was full-time astronomy faculty at Front Range Community College, Colorado; Operations Director at Secure World Foundation (private non-profit for space sustainability); Education Programs Manager at Fiske Planetarium, University of Colorado at Boulder; and a member of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET).