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Natalie Macke

Franklin Lakes, NJ
Science Teacher; Chemistry, AP Environmental Science &
various Earth Science electives (21 yrs)

Prior Profession:
Hydrogeologist for SCDHEC (long ago)
Climate Science Education, My NASA Data products


NOAA Teacher at Sea ParticipantRV Oscar Dyson, Dutch Harbor;
Participant/grant recipient/authorNOAA Climate Steward Program;
International Ocean Discovery Program, School of Rock
“Exploring Ocean Cores & Climate Connections” Cape Town, South Africa

Earth Science education focuses on exploration, orientation, and reasoning. An opportunity exists every day to walk out your door and experience a new and unique story about our Earth systems. I love those moments of clarity when students find personal ways to connect to the world in which they live, forging a path to stewardship.

Interim Executive Director

Peg Steffen

Iowa City, Iowa

Curriculum Writer

Prior Profession:
MS / HS Science teacher (25 yrs)

Program Manager—NASA & NOAA education (18 yrs)

Climate science, ESS, NGSS professional development


Designer/managerNASA Explorer School

NOAA National Ocean Service Education Coordinator

NOAA Planet Stewards project lead

A foundation of knowledge in ESS is critical for all of Planet Earth's citizens. The more recent emphasis for these disciplines in NGSS is an opportunity to engage more K-12 students. Teaching & learning, especially the ESS are a lifelong passion for me and I hope to spark that in others

Past President

Belinda Jacobs

Pflugerville, TX

Prior Profession:

MS & HS Science Teacher (16 yrs)

Applied Aquatic Science/Environmental Systems

CC Adjunct geology instructor

Accessibility/Inclusivity in Geosciences & ES is for Everyone

Past President NESTA 

2016 Outstanding ES Teacher—Texas

Curriculum developer—NSF-funded DIG Texas Blueprints project

 Sitting at the Grand Canyon, still reminiscing on the wonders of ES


Missy Holzer, PhD

Somerset, NJ

Science Standards Specialist, Great Minds PBC

Physical Geography Adjunct Professor

Prior Profession:
HS Earth, Space, Environmental Science Teacher (34 yrs)

Learning Sciences - Science Education

Visited all 50 of our wonderful States!

25+ years as a PD providerNJ State Standards efforts;

Teacher at Sea (hydrography GA coast; hydrothermal vents OR; IPEV sediment Chile), Earthwatch Expedition Educator (Jamaica, Sierra Nevadas, Ecuador, Kenya)
PolarTREC Teacher '08 (Svalbard), AMS Maury Project.

 NASA SOFIA Ambassador, HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador, CLEAN Ambassador, AMS Certified Teacher

The world is a wonderful place beckoning our exploration. Go with an open mind & immerse yourself in all its splendor. Then come back & tells us about your experiences! This picture was taking in 2017 during a NESTA sponsored trip to Iceland.



Parker O. Pennington IV

Ann Arbor, MI

NESTA & MESTA Board / E-News Editor /
Rock Raffle Specialist (35 yrs)

Prior Profession:
MS, HS, & C. College ES / Environmental (30 yrs)

Leading Summer field conferences


Presented w/ my 9th grade ES teacher
(Dave Mastie) at conferences for decades

ES workshops—various levels

MI state supervisor MSO rock,
mineral & fossil event (20 years)

My grandfather taught in my district, my dad taught Conservation in my district. Both my brother and I became ES teachers--just seemed like the thing to do.

Board Member Representative
to the Executive Committee

Diane Ripollone

....., NC


(... years)

Prior Profession:





Board Member Representative
to the Executive Committee

Matthew Haverty

Tucson, AZ

HS Science Teacher (20 yrs)
Geoscience & AP Environmental Science

Plate Tectonics, Geophysics & Hydrology

2018 NAGT Outstanding ES Teacher of Year - Arizona

We need to spread the wonder that Earth provides to its future caretakers, our students



Executive Directors

1982-1992 Dr. Harold B. "Stoney" Stonehouse  
 1993-2006 Dr. M. Frank Watt Ireton 
  2006-2015 Dr. Roberta M. Johnson
2015-2020Dr. Carla McAuliffe

 Tenure President
Secretary  Treasurer
1983-1986  Jan Woerner Marilyn Miles  Rod Cranson
1986-1988  Sharon Stroud Carolyn Brockway Rod Cranson
1988-1990  Frank Watt Ireton Len Sharp Rod Cranson
1990-1992  Mike Burton Leslie Gordon  Rod Cranson
1992-1994  Len Sharp Michael Smith Bruce Hall
1994-1996  Linda Knight Michelle Bartlett Bruce Hall
1996-1998 Howard Dimmick Michelle Bartlett  Bruce Hall
1998-2000  Linda Selvig Michelle Bartlett Bruce Hall
2000-2002  Tom Ervin Linda Selvig Bruce Hall
2002-2004 Carl Katsu Linda Selvig Bruce Hall
2004-2006  Tom Ervin Linda Selvig Bruce Hall
 2006-2008  Parker Pennington IV Missy Holzer Bruce Hall
 2008-2010  Dr. Michael J. Passow Missy Holzer  Howard Dimmick
 2010-2012  Ardis Herrold Jenelle Hopkins Howard Dimmick
 2012-2014  Dr. Missy Holzer Jenelle Hopkins  Howard Dimmick
 2014-2016 Dr. Michael J Passow Lisa Alter Howard Dimmick
 2016-2018  Cheryl L.B. Manning Lisa Alter Howard Dimmick
 2018-2020  Belinda Jacobs Dr. Missy Holzer Howard Dimmick
 2020-2022  Dr. Richard Jones Dr. Missy Holzer Howard Dimmick / Parker Pennington IV
 2022-2022 John-Henry Cottrell  Dr. Missy Holzer Parker Pennington IV

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