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Nobody knows the challenges teachers face like other educators. Learning A-Z regularly enlists the expertise of current classroom educators as we make publishing decisions that will affect our products and resources. The Science A-Z Advisory Board consists of teachers and administrators with deep knowledge and significant experience in science education.

Advisory Board

Wayne Fisher

  • Bachelor of Science, United States Coast Guard Academy
  • Master of Science in Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  • Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
  • Elementary Science Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC 2007-present
  • Past-President, North Carolina Science Leadership Association 2016-2017
  • North Carolina Outstanding Administrator Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education 2016
  • Chair of American Association of Physics Teachers - High School Committee 2005-2007
  • National Board Certified Teacher, AYA Science
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, 2001
  • High School Physics Teacher 1996-2007

Denise Flavin

  • Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Minor in Biology
  • Curriculum Director (2014-Current)
  • Assistant Principal (2013-2014)
  • Chairperson, Next Generation Science Committee
  • Junior High School Science Teacher (2004-2013)
  • Member, Science Curriculum Mapping Team (2005-2007, 2008-2012)
  • Judge, Underwriters Laboratories Educational Innovation Awards 2015
  • Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Science Teachers Association, National Association for Gifted Children, International Literacy Association
  • Member, Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education and Beta Beta Beta, International Honor Society in Biology

Jeff Friers

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Economics
  • Master of Education in Multicultural Education
  • Peace Corps Graduate Fellowship in Education focusing on interdisciplinary curriculum development, Northern Arizona University, White Mountain Apache Reservation
  • U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and Trainer, Central America
  • National Park Service Resource Education Division (Glacier NP, Everglades NP, Biscayne Bay NP, & Olympic NP) (20 years)
  • Literacy Coach
  • STEM Science Specialist
  • Future Ready Integrated Curriculum Specialist
  • 25 years teaching experience in elementary, middle school science, and experimental education

Karen L. Ostlund, PhD

  • Bachelor of Science, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Instructor, UTeach Primary Science Program, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin (2013-present)
  • Specialist, University of California at Berkeley (1998-present)
  • NSTA Past President (2011-2014)
  • Director, UTeach Dell Center for New Teacher Success, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin (2002-2006)
  • Professor and Director, Center for Science Education, University of Texas at Arlington (2000-2001)
  • Program Integrator, Texas Rural Systemic Initiative, West Texas A&M University, (1999-2000)
  • Visiting Scholar, Science Education Center, University of Texas at Austin (1997-2000)
  • Professor, Texas State University (1985-1997)
  • Middle School Teacher, Moundsville School District 621, St. Paul, Minnesota (1971–1984)

Science Consultants

Dr. Charles R. Barman

  • Professor Emeritus of Science and Environmental Education, Indiana University School of Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Science in Teaching in Biology, and Doctor of Education, Science Education
  • Author and co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books related to science and science education
  • Presenter of numerous papers and workshops at professional science education meetings
  • Recipient of several awards including the Indiana Distinguished Teacher Educator Award, the National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Served as a science education consultant to several state, national, and international organizations
  • Served as a peer reviewer of several professional journals, including American Biology Teacher, Science and Children, and the International Journal of Science Education

Natalie S. Barman

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in science from University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Master of Science in Teaching in Science Education from University of Wisconsin, Superior
  • Elementary School Teacher with a specialization in math and science
  • Elementary School Science Coordinator, K-5
  • Clinical Instructor for Science Education, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Science Coach for science teachers in elementary and middle school
  • Co-author of journal articles and contributor to books on science and science education
  • Presenter of papers and workshops at professional science education meetings
  • Consultant in international science education improvement projects in Macedonia, Thailand, and Vietnam

Rick Crosslin

  • Master of Science Education, Indiana University
  • Scientist in Residence & Science Coach MSD Wayne Township (2012-Present)
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Liaison for Science Learning (2002-2012)
  • Elementary Teacher MSD Wayne Township (1976-1981, 1983-2002)
  • Science Safari Camp Director MSD Wayne Township (1981-Present)
  • Indiana Expeditions WFYI PBS Host & Executive Director, 5 Emmy Awards (2009-Present)
  • NSTA & Hoosier Association of Indiana Past President, Member (1977-Present)
  • Academy of Model Aeronautics Education Outreach Appreciation Award, 2011
  • Interstate Mining Compact Commission National Mineral Educator, 2008
  • Christa McAuliffe Fellow, 2001
  • Milken National Educator Award, 1998
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, 1990

Scott Hoff

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Akron, Ohio, 1990)
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Dayton, Ohio, 2002
  • Teacher, Bluffton High School, Ohio, Biology/Anatomy (2009-present)
  • Curriculum Coordinator, Putnam County, Ohio, Educational Service Center (2002-2009)
  • Educator for 25 years, Sciences Grades K–12
  • Adjunct Professor of Education, Bluffton University & Ohio Northern University (1999-present)
  • Teacher-in-Residence, Science Enhancement for Science Advancement, Husky Refineries (2000)
  • Ohio Academy of Science, Jr. Academy Board of Directors
  • Environmental Education Council of Ohio, Regional Director
  • Co-Founder/Teacher of Ocean Focus, Award-winning H.S. Marine Science Program (1991-present)
  • Volunteer EMT for the Village of Bluffton, Ohio

Science A-Z Authors

  • Dr. Charles R. Barman
  • Natalie Barman
  • Brooke Bessesen
  • Wynne Brown
  • Caroline D'Ascoli
  • Karen DeSeve
  • Rhonda Lucas Donald
  • David Drier
  • Sara Felker
  • Michael T. Foley
  • Katherine Follett
  • Celeste Fraser
  • Kira Freed
  • Ron Fridell
  • Della Gumm
  • Karen Hall
  • Cynthia Kennedy Henzel
  • Suzanne Klein
  • Joe Levit
  • Adelle McNiece
  • David Nagore
  • John Perritano
  • Charles Piddock
  • Theda Rogers
  • Janette Schuster
  • Alfred Smuskiewicz
  • Alyse Sweeney
  • Iva Valentino
  • Pat Walsh
  • Molly Ward

Science A-Z Illustrators

  • Thomas Boatwright
  • Randy Gates
  • Cende Hill
  • Signe Nordin
  • Terry Sirrell
  • Nora Voutas