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Glen Schuster, M.S., U.S. Satellite's Founder / Endeavor's Project Director, leads instructors and practitioners with integrated-STEM programs and professional development. Glen served as Principal Investigator on six (6), federal awards (~$10 million) and he co-Authored Marine Science: The Dynamic Ocean distributed by Pearson. With a background in mathematics, and research and TV meteorology, Glen directs work to transform traditional classrooms into working, integrated-STEM laboratories— These are places where authentic content and pedagogy, data, and NGSS practices thrive in various contexts, places where student achievement increases, and students develop skills to be competitive in tomorrow's workplace. Glen recently served six (6) years on his local school board, four as an officer, including board president. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Sphinx Leadership Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He works closely with Endeavor's STEM Leadership courses and programs and Endeavor's Weather Data Learning Center (WDLC) course.

Kathryn Taylor, Ed.D., Lead STEM Curriculum Designer, has worked with U.S. Satellite since 1991. A former K-12 Science Supervisor in New Jersey, and author of technology products and curricular materials, Kathy was one of the first science educators nationally, to thoroughly integrate technology as an instructional tool into a K-12 district science program. She also has a background is in chemistry education. Kathy has a true gift for bringing strong, thematic content into a comprehensive, integrated-STEM curriculum product.

Tara Alvarez, P.E., Director of Technology, is a mechanical engineer and U.S. Satellite's Web Engineer and Digital Artist, also providing all the company's online assets and Endeavor. A most versatile member of the extended U.S. Satellite / Endeavor team, Tara creates all web sites, DVD products, and the data and efolio system for Endeavor. She presents hard copy and instructional assets for integrated-STEM curriculum, including U.S. Satellite's Marine Science course distributed by Pearson Education. Since 1998, Tara's work has earned her many awards. Her ability to crystallize an integration of a number of instructional assets and media sets her apart from her peers.

Karen Woodruff, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum and Instruction, seeks excellence in U.S. Satellite's integrated-STEM curricular materials, and through her responsibilities in overseeing Endeavor instructors and cutting-edge course content. Karen leads development of classroom curriculum across K-12 and in Endeavor's online courses. She is a seasoned educator and former science teacher. Karen facilitates the needed support for Endeavor educators with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She in an Author of U.S. Satellite's Marine Science high school course distributed by Pearson.

Sara Wolter, M.A., V.P. for Strategic Partnerships, lends expertise in business and marketing, as well as research and development. Her diverse background in operations and finance provides U.S. Satellite with strategic direction and guidance toward global STEM education efforts. Sara additionally serves as Endeavor's Course Registrar.

Kathryn "Annie" Arnone, Ph.D., Dean of Students for Endeavor, works with and assists in the professional development of Endeavor Educators from the beginning of the program to completion, helping to ensure an outstanding experience. A former elementary teacher having taught multiple grade levels for five (5) years, Annie is an Endeavor Graduate who earned a Leadership Distinction Award on her STEM Certificate, and has also served as an Endeavor Mentor. Her experience in the Endeavor program led her to pursue a doctorate degree in Elementary STEM Education. Annie continues her interest through her research focusing on elementary level specific professional development with integrated-STEM Education.

Meghan Marrero, Ed.D., Professor and Online Instructor for Endeavor's Lessons from the Ocean and Life and Marine Science: Tracking Live Marine Animals courses, is First Author for U.S. Satellite's new, high school course, Marine Science: The Dynamic Ocean distributed by Pearson Education. Meghan earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, focusing on Ocean Literacy. Formerly U.S. Satellite's Director of Curriculum and Instruction, she is Associate Professor of Secondary Science Education at Mercy College, instructing pre-service educators, and serves as Principal Investigator for multiple NSF grant awards. Meghan is a former NYC science teacher and President of the New York State Marine Education Association (NYSMEA).

Jessica Riccio, Ed.D., Professor and Online Instructor for Endeavor's Reading and Writing in the Science Classroom course, specializes in literacy strategies in STEM disciplines. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she serves as faculty and is the Pre-service Teacher Coordinator for Science Education, and her research interests include content-area literacy in science education. Jessica is a former high school science teacher. Her talents and perspective have contributed to many of U.S. Satellite's federally-funded STEM interventions.

Anna Karina Monteiro, Ph.D., Professor and Online Instructor, leads Endeavor's Action Research in the STEM Classroom and Diversity and Equity in STEM Education courses. Anna earned her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is an experienced Biology Teacher working in Newark, New Jersey Public Schools. Anna is also the primary editor for Endeavor's Online STAR Journal. Her passion is grounded in supporting both pre-service and in-service science educators to improve urban science education.

Josh Brown, Ph.D., Professor and Online Instructor leads Endeavor's popular The E in STEM: Meaningful Content for Engineering course. Josh recently co-authored Engineering Fundamentals for engineering classrooms distributed by Goodheart-Willcox. Josh is a pioneer in K-12 engineering education. An Associate Professor at Illinois State University, his interests lie in effectual implementation and the integration of the engineering process in U.S. classrooms. Josh is a master of infusing science and mathematics content with the engineering design process, and helping educators to facilitate integrated-STEM classroom curriculum.

Eliza Bobek, Ph.D., Professor and Online Instructor, anchors Endeavor's Methods of STEM Education course. She earned her doctorate from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University. Eliza is also a Master Teacher at the University of Massachusetts in the UTeach program, which prepares STEM majors to become middle and high school teachers. She began her teaching career as a New York City (NYC) Teaching Fellow in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; she taught science in NYC at The School for New Explorations in Science, Technology, and Math; The School at Columbia University; and at The Packer Collegiate Institute. Eliza received a Spencer Research Training Grant to support her doctoral work at TC, which explored the use of visual explanations to understand complex processes in science.

Pamela Davis, Ed.D., Professor and Online Instructor, works most closely with Endeavor's Coding, Robotics, and 1:1 Devices course. Pam is an accomplished educator with extensive experience in instructional technology with students from kindergarten through graduate school. She earned her doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her expertise is in the field of computer literacy with an emphasis on technology integration into existing curriculum. With a recent focus on Robotics Education and STEM Enrichment, Pam's interest in student learning goes beyond the school day. She organizes Regional Robotics Competitions, serving up to 150 students for the internationally recognized FIRST LEGO Robotics League. Pam now serves a 5-year term on her local school board.

Catherine Quinlan, Ed.D., Professor and Online Instructor, leads Endeavor's Life in Space: NASA ISS and Astrobiology course. She earned her doctorate in science education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Catherine is a high school biology teacher in New Jersey, bringing her enthusiasm and dedication in STEM education to all her integrated-STEM education projects. She has worked as a clinical research assistant and as an Adjunct Professor, having taught a number of college and graduate level courses. Catherine's research interests include Astrobiology Education.

Sharon Mistretta, M.A., Co-Instructor for Endeavor's Coding, Robotics, and 1:1 Device course earned her Master's Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in Computing in Education, and is an Endeavor Graduate. Sharon works extensively with teachers in other Endeavor courses to improve lesson plans and classroom strategies, and to help integrate technology into the curriculum. She has decades of experience in Information Technology, and with programming and systems analysis experience, she integrated coding technology into the pre-K -12 curriculum at her New Jersey school, and teaches programming to grades 9-12. Sharon is at the forefront of utilizing project based learning to integrate science and math through iOS and Android app writing. She coached her Robotic Club Team to a top 30 finalist the latest Google MoonBot competition; her Applied Engineering Club achieved awards in recent Destination Imagination Competitions.

Kristen Crawford, M.S., Co-instructor for Endeavor's NASA Project 3D-VIEW course, currently serves as Science and Mathematics Supervisor in the Chatham, New Jersey School District. In addition, Kristen guides Endeavor Ambassadors in their quest to spread the word about Endeavor, and guides online content delivery for the program. Energetic and talented, Kristen is an exemplary, veteran educator with strong pedagogical science content knowledge.

Keledy Kenkel, M.P.S., Co-Instructor for Endeavor's Coding, Robotics, and 1:1 Devices course, was founding faculty at the Urban Assembly Maker Academy in New York City and has an affiliation with Code.org. Keledy demonstrates her expertise in education coding, maker spaces, and instructional technology by helping Endeavor teachers make connections to STEM content.

Marjorie A. Chan, Ph.D., Professor and Online Instructor, leads Endeavor's Exploring Mars: A New Twist on Science (or Math) course. Margie is Professor of Geology at the University of Utah, and has an active research program in sedimentary geology with recent projects about Mars that apply Earth examples to better understand Martian geology. She has been featured in National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentary films and has lectured around the world, including as the 2014 Geological Society of America's Distinguished Lecturer. Margie is known for promoting educational, high-impact visual displays for making experiential-built environments for learning about Earth science.

Michelle Silk, M.S., Content Delivery Expert, guides online synchronous Endeavor activities. She has been a curriculum developer and science writer who also teaches geology, biology, geography, paleontology, oceanography, climatology, and environmental science at local community colleges. In her work in library science, with an emphasis in science librarianship education, Michelle is Adjunct Professor in Biology and Information Literacy at Mercy College and Sacred Heart University.

Georgia Hart, Ph.D. Candidate, Co-Instructor for Endeavor's Award-winning Climate Change with NSF SPRINTT course, is working on her doctorate at the University of Hawaii. Georgia bridges science and education from her specialized experiences teaching middle school science in New York City. Her diverse field research experiences in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Ecuador on topics including insect pollination, human impacts on ecosystems, and climate change, contribute to her strength in the development of U.S. Satellite's integrated-STEM classroom and online, interactive materials on climate science, as well as the professional support of classroom educators.

Andrew Vanden Heuval, M.S., Co-Instructor for Endeavor's NASA Astronomy and Space Science course, is a NASA Endeavor graduate who earned Endeavor's Research Distinction Award. A most innovative teacher, chosen by Google as the first teacher to utilize Google Glass for education, Andrew works with Michigan Virtual University as a manager and course instructor. His unique science and background in astronomy and Space science as a practitioner, rich with unique resources that are directly applicable to the STEM classroom, make him a tremendous asset to Endeavor.

Jodie York, B.S., Content Delivery Expert, supports Endeavor courses and special online events. Jodie is a Fisheries Technician working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She has served as an educator at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and Camp Coordinator at Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration.

Lisa Neesemann, M.S., Endeavor Teaching Assistant, is earning her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She works most closely with Endeavor's Reading and Writing in the Science Classroom course. An experienced Biology, AP Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Lisa works at a private school in Brooklyn NY. She teaches a multitude of courses to a variety of students, from quite high achievers to students diagnosed with learning disabilities. Lisa enjoys finding ways to reach every student while facilitating students' realizations that "science is fascinating".

Kim Moore, M.A., B.S.E.E., Endeavor Mentor, helps educators identify courses and an overall course of study which align with a teacher's individual career goals in order to maximize their Endeavor learning experience. As a math and science teacher, and an engineer by training, her passion is to engage more students in meaningful STEM experiences and to guide other teachers as they integrate STEM into their classrooms. Kim is an Endeavor Graduate who earned a Leadership Distinction Award with her STEM Certificate.

Brian Thompson, M.A., Endeavor's Global Professional Learning Community Manager for Endeavor Graduates, facilitates collaborations between Endeavor Graduates from around the world. He earned his Master's Degree through NASA Endeavor and earned the Leadership Distinction Award with his Endeavor Certificate. He teaches high school physics, astronomy and environmental science, and teaches physics online to remote students who do not have a local physics instructor. He is the lead Master Teacher for the AGORA Grant Program funded by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, with its goal of educators teaching 9th graders coding, cybersecurity, 3D modeling, and printing.

Lisa Waldman, MA, NBCT, Co-Instructor for Endeavor's Math Connections in the STEM Curriculum course, is an enthusiastic mathematics teacher in Enola, Pennsylvania. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher for Early Adolescence Mathematics and has served as a mentor to help others attain their goals of mastery in teaching with both Temple University & the Endeavor Program. An Endeavor Graduate earning a Research Distinction Award, Lisa exemplifies passion for integrating science and technology into her high school math classrooms through both project and problem based learning.

Casey Duncan, M.S., Co-Instructor for Endeavor's Exploring Mars: A New Twist on Science (or Math) course is earning his Ph.D. in sedimentary geology at the University of Utah. Casey has received the outstanding teaching assistant awards from his department and college. Casey has always loved planetary science. In addition to geology, he was a double major in performance ballet in college.

Victoria Garcia, M.A., STEM Materials Editor, provides materials to share with Endeavor Graduates. Victoria is a graduate of Endeavor's joint-Master's Degree program at California State University-Northridge, earning a Leadership Distinction Award on her STEM Certificate. She is an Elementary Educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Raya-Jean Zaczyk, M.A., Endeavor Teaching Assistant, works most closely with Endeavor's Lessons from the Ocean, and Life and Marine Science: Tracking Live Marine Animals courses. Raya-Jean is a NASA Endeavor Graduate. In her positions she guides teachers to effectively utilize integrated-STEM content and pedagogy into practice. Raya-Jean teaches middle school science. Her goal is to encourage educators to employ a hands-on, integrated-STEM approach to learning, in order to prepare students as they become our future scientific workforce.

Julie Gabrovic, M.Ed., Endeavor Mentor, is a Science Coach and Elementary Science Teacher in Seminole County Florida. Teaching nearly three decades, Julie is also a Graduate of the 1st Cohort of NASA Endeavor Fellows earning a Research Distinction Award with her STEM Certificate. As an Endeavor Mentor for many educators, she also works with teachers wishing to pursue National Board Certification with Endeavor. Julie truly enjoys meeting and collaborating with educators from around the world. Her NASA Endeavor fellowship has afforded her numerous leadership opportunities in her district, including curriculum development and writing in elementary science. Julie coordinates the robotics curriculum at her school and has developed an after school partnership with a nearby state park where students learn and experience science in the outdoors.

Amanda Blough, M.A., Endeavor Mentor, is a 5th grade veteran teacher, and an Endeavor Graduate who earned her Leadership Distinction Award on her STEM Certificate. She has taught Physical Education, K and 4th grade as well. Amanda is also an Instructional Assistant for the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Her involvement with NASA and the Endeavor program has inspired her, her students, and fellow educators down many exciting paths in recent years.

Ellen Falk, M.S., Consultant, works most closely with Endeavor's Math Connections in the STEM Classroom course. She teaches high school mathematics in North Salem, New York and prides herself both on her students applying mathematics concepts to meaningful contexts using mathematics modeling, as well as her students scoring 5s on Calculus BC tests. Ellen has been on the executive board of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNY) for many years.

Linda Knight, Ed.D., Professor and Online Instructor for Endeavor's NASA 3D-VIEW course, and an Author of Project 3D-VIEW, is both a science content expert and an integrated-STEM curriculum developer. With a geology background, Linda is the former co-Director of a prominent professional development hands-on laboratory for science educators in the Houston Independent School District. Linda's expertise includes utilizing visualizations for students' improved understanding of science concepts in classroom activities.

Miriam Yorks, Editor and Proofreader, provides expertise and support for U.S. Satellite curriculum in print and web media. With strict attention to detail and a tendency toward perfection, her work provides a stylistic flair to U.S. Satellite's curricular materials.