executive Committee 

President's Message

I am honored to serve as your president. It is hard to believe how much has changed this past year, but some things remain the same, that is NESTA's commitment to you, our members. As for me, my commitment to the organization goes back over 20 years as a member and since 2006 I have held various roles on the Board. It is my hope that we can continue to strengthen NESTA over the second year of my term, to build our reputation as the source for ESS resources as we navigate new paradigms and teaching practices during the third decade of the 21st Century.


Dr. Rick Jones

Kapolei, HI

University of Hawai'i West O'ahu, Professor Science Education
Science Methods Courses (K-6, 5-9, & 7-12);  ES Content Courses (Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography).

Prior Profession: 

7-12 Science Teacher (Retired).

MS-ES, Health, Life Sci, Physical Sci
HS - ES, Bio, Physics    


Favorite: Topographic Mapping & Geologic Mapping Love teaching weather & climate


El Nino/La Nina Research—1998 & 2010 NOAA Teacher-at-Sea aboard the Ka'imimoana

Global Climate Change Research—2000 "Teacher Experiencing Antarctica at the South Pole" w/  University of Washington &  Idaho

Field Geologist w/ Mercy Corps—Sudan 1986 putting water wells & water utilities for refugee camps

I worked in a gold mine in the late 1970's and discovered a career that, while exploitive in nature, was interesting, exciting, and very profitable. I decided to get a Geology degree and then work in the oil business to make even more money. The economy didn't allow that, I ended up working in environmental geology and groundwater geology and realized that making money wasn't really a goal that made me happy, but to have the ability to provide others a little bit of knowledge about the Earth could go a long way to making the planet a better place. So I went back to school and I have taught "The Earth" ever since.

Past President

Belinda Jacobs

Pflugerville, TX

MS & HS Science Teacher (16 yrs)

Applied Aquatic Science/Environmental Systems

CC Adjunct geology instructor

Accessibility/Inclusivity in Geosciences & ES is for Everyone


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.

President - Elect

John-Henry "Scratty" Cottrell

Murrieta, CA

High School ES & Physics Teacher (12 yrs)

Prior Profession:
US Marine Corps - SSgt (select) (10 yrs)

Making jokes at the improper time
Marketing / Art / passion for ESS

HS lead for CA NGSS Rollout PD Development
HS Advisor CA Science Framework

Creating / Curating NESTA's Twitter Account

On a whim, I changed my major from Architecture to Geology.  Since 6th grade I had my own fashion sense of plaid shirts w/ shorts.  I walked into my Mineralogy course & low behold the class was full of like-fashion-minded people... I had found my peeps
While teaching I realized that ESS is not represented strongly and not given the proper respect it deserves.  I want to help change that.

Board Member Representative to the Executive Committee

Kimberley "No-Jo" Norris-Jones

Columbia, SC

ES, Environmental, Chemistry Teacher

(15 years)

Prior Profession:
Army LTC (retired)

ESS advocacy & Beauty/Artistry of Earth


2019 SC ES-Teacher of the Year

Earth is the only rock we have to live on!
We need to understand it in order to take care of it
It is why I have a passion to teach ESS-I want others to want to take care of our Home.


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

Tom Ervin

LeClaire, IA

Grand Old Man of NESTA

Prior Profession:
High School Earth Science (37 yrs, retired)

Wordsmith, Editor skills, Meteorology, Astronomy, Fossils

Past President NESTA (2x)
Past President Iowa Academy of Science
Thomas B. Ervin Distinguished Service Award named
after "me".

My 8th grade science teacher (Mr. Fox) instilled in me a love for earth science, and I attempted to follow his example. Dr. Robert Yager, past president of NSTA, was my mentor and showed me that service within the science education profession was within my reach



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

Secretary Treasurer
1983-1986 Jan WoernerMarilyn Miles Rod Cranson
1986-1988 Sharon StroudCarolyn BrockwayRod Cranson
1988-1990 Frank Watt IretonLen SharpRod Cranson
1990-1992 Mike BurtonLeslie Gordon Rod Cranson
1992-1994 Len SharpMichael SmithBruce Hall
1994-1996 Linda KnightMichelle BartlettBruce Hall
1996-1998Howard DimmickMichelle Bartlett Bruce Hall
1998-2000 Linda SelvigMichelle BartlettBruce Hall
2000-2002 Tom ErvinLinda SelvigBruce Hall
2002-2004Carl KatsuLinda SelvigBruce Hall
2004-2006 Tom ErvinLinda SelvigBruce Hall
 2006-2008 Parker Pennington IVMissy HolzerBruce Hall
 2008-2010 Dr. Michael J. PassowMissy Holzer Howard Dimmick
 2010-2012 Ardis HerroldJenelle HopkinsHoward Dimmick
 2012-2014 Dr. Missy HolzerJenelle Hopkins Howard Dimmick
 2014-2016Dr. Michael J PassowLisa AlterHoward Dimmick
 2016-2018 Cheryl L.B. ManningLisa AlterHoward Dimmick
 2018-2020 Belinda JacobsDr. Missy HolzerHoward Dimmick
 2020-2022 Dr. Richard JonesDr. Missy HolzerHoward Dimmick / Parker Pennington IV

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