CSTA Board Member Biographies
Candidates standing for elections for the 2012 year are starred (**)
works for as a Science Coach at the Annie Fisher Science Magnet School in Hartford.. Rachael has worked for Suffield, CREC and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. At NASA, she partnered with scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to bring the latest in science and technology to educators and students across the nation. She is part of the Teachers in Space Program and will (someday) orbit!
Dr. Contant is the Science Curriculum and Instructon Specialist at LEARN. During her 30+ years as a science educator, she has worked in elementary, middle schools, preservice education, inservice, and informal settings to excite people about doing and knowing about science. She often says, " I don't know, let's find out!" or "That would be a good science project!" She has served as New London County rep and Vice President of CSTA.
Betty Catelli taught at Southington High School for 23 years. Though retired from full time teaching, she still tutors students in chemistry and physics and presents programs on chemistry demos at science teacher conferences. She also enjoys having time in retirement for reading, knitting, and square dancing.
Tiffany Haley is currently a 7th grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown. This is her second year in Middletown after teaching for 5 years in Los Angeles. She is the Content Seminar Specialist for new science teachers in the Teach For America program. In this role she provides new teacher support and training for the Teach For America science teachers in Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport. She just completed her sixth year at St. Joseph's college specializing in multiple intelligence theory and art integration. She has assisted in her students participating in Project O and Bioblitz. During the summer she enjoys participating in Earthwatch research projects. She has received three grants for helping with research on sea otters in Alaska, herbivores in South Africa, and Hawksbill turtles in Australia.
is a grade 5 teacher at Myrtle H. Stevens Elementary School in Rocky Hill. She has taught for 13 years. She holds a BS in Elementary Education, a MS in Special Education, and is currently working towards her Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Leadership. Is was the 2004 Connecticut Presidential Awardee for PAEMST.
is also the co-editor of the CSTA Journal. A former president of CSTA (1980-84, 1992, 1995-97) he has served on CSTA conference and other committees. He is a Fellow of the Connecticut Academy for Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and a CSEAF awardee.
served as CSTA president from 2004-2006.
is a science teacher in West Haven. She has been teaching for 17 years. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven where she teaches science methods classes and multicultural anti-bias classes. She is a BEST seminar facilitator and scorer for the State of Connecticut and is a Fellow of the CT Academy for Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Lynn Hancock has been a fourth/fifth grade teacher at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London for 15 years where she also serves as the Science Committee chair. She helped to write curriculum for the Connecticut Science Center and has provided professional development opportunities in Inquiry, notebooking, and The Selborne Project, a study of the square kilometer of land around the school. She also successfully participated in the three year Math and Science Partnership program to become an Instructional Coach. Her interests in butterflies, beekeeping, orchid growing, and gardening provide numerous learning opportunities for her elementary students as well as her colleagues.
Ralph J. Yulo, Jr.
Professor of Science Education emeritis, Eastern Connecticut State University and Project Oceanology.
moved to Willington, Connecticut from Greenville, South Carolina eight years ago. Originally from New Jersey, I have lived and taught in Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina and now Connecticut. I earned a BA in Biology from Boston University in 1983; after which I joined the Peace Corps. I was in the freshwater fisheries program in Ecuador, South America from 1983 until 1985. Upon my return to the United States, I enrolled in the MAT program at Wayne State University in Michigan specializing in elementary science education. I received my MAT degree in 1992
I have been teaching seventh grade science at Hall Memorial School in Willington, CT, since 2002. I am presently the 7th grade team leader and a student council advisor. While at Hall, I have been the science fair coordinator and six years ago initiated our first ever entry into the Connecticut State Science Fair. I have been an advisor for our middle school science club and afterschool elementary science club. I have also been an advisor for our school's Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams.
Lisa Vaudreuil is a grade 3 teacher at Flanders Elementary School in East Lyme. She has taught for 12 years, with the last 10 being in East Lyme. She holds a BS in Psychology and an MS in Elementary Education. She recently completed a 3 year MSP program with the State of CT and LEARN. She coached all third and fourth grade teachers in East Lyme last August on the three phases of inquiry and is planning to work with grade 3 teachers this summer on matter, using an inquiry based approach.
Angela (Angel) B. Tangney
Kristen has been a physics teacher at Bunnell High School in Stratford, CT since 2000. With a B.S. in physics from Fairfield University and an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning Science from Harvard University, she also has a background in hydrogen production and fuel cell research. Kristen is a TEAM Mentor and Cooperating Teacher and serves on her district's TEAM Coordinating Committee. In addition to teaching, Kristen has also been a consultant for the CT Clean Energy Fund and the CT Science Awareness Network (http://www.cleanet.org/) Kristen is a US Department of Energy Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (DOE ACTS) Fellow, as well as a Fellow of the Connecticut Academy for Education, and has presented at several Area and National NSTA conferences. In addition to being the recipient of the 2008 General Electric STAR Teaching Award and the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Kristen is also the 2011 Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
teaches science at AI Prince Tech School
Dr. Kristine Larsen
Dr. Larsen is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University. An Alumna of CCSU, she has been a faculty member at her alma mater since 1989. Although trained in general relativity and cosmology, her academic career has focused on science education and public outreach, both through CCSU's Copernican Observatory and Planetarium and in concert with amateur astronomy groups. She has taught courses and presented workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers, and delivered talks on her teaching innovations at several NSTA conferences. She is especially dedicated to bridging the gap between the sciences and humanities, through courses such as Women's Contributions to Science, The Science of Middle-earth, Science and Science Fiction, and Zombies and 20th Century Science. She is the loyal and obedient servant of five rabbits and two cats.
Norm Barstow--Retired elementary school teacher, Town of Simsbury ; 27 years with the last ten years as the Elementary Science Coordinator. PIMMS fellow. CSTA Secretary, VP, and served as CSTA president from 2004-2006. NSTA member and FOSS Consultant.