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



REGION I

Susan Kelly

Litchfield, CT

7-12 ES & Physics Teacher (NY & CT)

Prior Profession:
Modeler

Expertise:
Student Modeling—Archived Data & Open Source Software

Accomplishments:
NE Section Outstanding ES Teacher (2019); Contributor—AGU, NASA/HAQAST, AAS, NSTA, & Earth Educator Rendezvous annual meetings (2008 - Present)

Thanks to publicly available data, there is relative ease in being able to orchestrate collaborations between students, teachers, & scientists in order to investigate pressing ESS issues

REGION II

Andrew Boyd

New Hartford, NY

Earth Science Teacher (14 yrs)

Expertise:
Locally relevant topics, glacial geology
there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Accomplishments:
NY State Master Teacher
STANYS Earth Science SAR, Mohawk Valley Section

Past Chairperson of STANYS Mohawk Valley Section

I love teaching about a topic that surrounds us and can be made local wherever you are.

REGION III

Billy Goodman

Montclair, NJ

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

Prior Profession:
Science Writer

Expertise:
GIS; Motivating student field work

Accomplishments:

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.

REGION IV

Chris T. Campbell

Ruston, LA

UTeachTech Instructor—LA Tech Uni   (5 yrs)

Prior Profession:
MS math & science (14 yrs)

Einstein Educators Fellow (2012-2013)

Expertise:
Middle School ES & ESS Teacher PD

Accomplishments:
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!


REGION V

Jay Sinclair

Milan, MI

 Retired Teacher - Bonsai Student

Prior Profession:
MS ES Teacher (28 yrs)

Expertise:
Making ES relevant to MS students

Accomplishments:
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

REGION VI

Dana Smith

Nicollet, MN

MS & HS Science Teacher (22 years)
From physical science to CIS Geology 100

Expertise:
MN geology is my favorite!
Passionate about ES education!
Advocating for all levels ESS education

Accomplishments:
I get to hang out with kids and help them discover the wonders of ES! That is my greatest accomplishment!

We live here and need to understand how the Earth works so that we can keep living here. We can't protect what we don't understand

REGION VII

Matthew Haverty

Tucson, AZ

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


Expertise:
Plate Tectonics, Geophysics & Hydrology

Accomplishments:
2018 NAGT Outstanding ES Teacher of Year - Arizona

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

REGION VIII

Laura Orr

Ukiah, OR

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

Prior Profession:
perpetual student, community scientist

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

Accomplishments: 

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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