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.
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee
Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Utah, Wyoming
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
SUNY Distinguished Professor (20 yrs)
HS ES/Physics/Engineering teacher (15 yrs)
SUNY Chancellor’s Award - Excellence in Research
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.
Retired (Still active in research)
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.
Teacher (16 yrs)
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.
UTeachTech Instructor—LA Tech Uni (5 yrs)
Einstein Educators Fellow (2012-2013)
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!
Retired Teacher - Bonsai Student
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
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.
HS Science Teacher (20 yrs)
We need to spread the wonder that Earth provides to its future caretakers, our students
Science Teacher - all science — grades 5-12 (17 yrs)
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