Regional Directors 

Meet Your Regional Director

8 Regional Directors elected every two years, half elected alternating years

NESTA strives to have one or more State Contacts per State.

                  Region I:                  

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island,  Vermont

                  Region II:                 

New York

                  Region III:               

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

                   Region IV               

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,  Tennessee

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                 Region V:                 

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

                 Region VI:                

Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

                 Region VII:               

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Utah, Wyoming

                Region VIII:              

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington


Dr. Mike Jabot

Fredonia, NY

SUNY Distinguished Professor (20 yrs)
Prior Profession:

HS ES/Physics/Engineering teacher (15 yrs)

GLOBE Program; integrating GIS & spatial technologies in the classroom; citizen science; open source software/hardware


SUNY Chancellor’s Award - Excellence in Research
Distinguished Teaching Professor

GLOBE Partner -- represent NE & Mid-Atlantic States -- GLOBE US Partner Forum

I don't think there is any better way for students (young & old) to learn about the world around them than through ESS. And I don't think there is any organization that dedicates its self more to helping to bring ESS to life than NESTA.


Dr. James R. Ebert (Jim)

Oneonta, NY

Retired (Still active in research)

Prior Profession:
Professor of Geology & ES, SUNY Oneonta (36 yrs)

Models in ESS Education, Dual Credit Geoscience Courses, Preparation of pre-service teachers & future geoscientists, Sedimentary Petrology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Chitinozoan Biostratigraphy


Distinguished Teaching Professor

SUNY Chancellor’s Award - Excellence in Teaching

Founder & manager of ESPRIT listserv (ESS Peer Resource for Improved Teaching)

Geology is NOT the application of physics & chemistry to the study of the Earth as some claim. Rather, chemistry and physics are Geology SIMPLIFIED! Think about it, chemists and physicists manipulate one variable at a time in a controlled environment; whereas geoscientists have to untangle multiple variables in complex systems that operated millions or billions of years ago.


Billy Goodman

Montclair, NJ

Teacher (16 yrs)
AP Environmental Science; AP Human Geography

Prior Profession:
Science Writer

GIS; Motivating student field work


American Physical Society Science Writing Award for “The Planet Hunters”

AAAS Travel Fellowship to Antarctica

I love learning about the natural world; teaching allows me to do that and encourage that in others.


Chris T. Campbell

Ruston, LA

UTeachTech Instructor—LA Tech Uni   (5 yrs)

Prior Profession:
MS math & science (14 yrs)

Einstein Educators Fellow (2012-2013)

Middle School ES & ESS Teacher PD

Louisiana ES Teacher of Year (2010)
Fossil Finders (2009-2011)

I was sitting in my 8th-grade ES class 'learning" about rocks—through pictures in the textbook. I remember thinking, "it would be awesome if we really had some rocks here - when talking about rocks!" I swore if I ever found myself teaching others about rocks—I would have some there for them to touch!


Jay Sinclair

Milan, MI

 Retired Teacher - Bonsai Student

Prior Profession:
MS ES Teacher (28 yrs)

Making ES relevant to MS students

Outstanding Michigan ES Teacher-1998

I came into ES by accident - I was assigned to teach it, although my degree was in Biology. I had the good fortune to become involved in the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA). The amazing mentorship I found there made a convert of me


DeEtta Andersen

Centerpoint, IA

Science Teacher

Soil and soil conservation


Excellence in Teaching Earth Science Award, 2020

National Ag in the Classroom national awardee, 2017

ES is great because I get to take my students outside to learn. My emphasis is on locally relevant phenomena. My kids slog through farm fields, wetlands, and streams as well as talk to local farmers to understand the importance of conservation.


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


Laura Orr

Ukiah, OR

Science Teacher - all science — grades 5-12 (17 yrs)

Prior Profession:
perpetual student, community scientist

Helophysics & Sun/Earth Interactions, Astronomy, Dark Sky Advocacy


2014 NAGT Oregon State Outstanding ES Teacher of Year; THEMIS/GEONS Ambassador; NASA Special Appreciation Award for services to THEMIS Mission

"Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible" - Richard Feynman

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