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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP



President

Natalie Macke

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

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

Accomplishments:

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)

Expertise:
Climate science, ESS, NGSS professional development

Accomplishments:

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


Expertise:
Accessibility/Inclusivity in Geosciences & ES is for Everyone

Accomplishments:
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



Secretary


Missy Holzer, PhD

Somerset, NJ

Science Education Consultant

Physical Geography Adjunct Professor

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

Expertise:
Learning Sciences - Science Education
Accomplishments:

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.

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