The Glen Schuster Memorial Scholarship, offered by U.S. Satellite Laboratory, is open to all PK-12 CLASSROOM Teachers. One teacher will be awarded entry to the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project where the awardee will take 3 graduate level STEM courses and a implement a STEM leadership project, to earn The Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education.
The 2021 deadline was December 1st.
Pradip C. Misra is a science and engineering teacher at Bagdad Middle and High School in Bagdad, Arizona. His 20-year career includes teaching Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and Engineering. Teaching in a variety of different schools during his career gives him an understanding of different cultures, the diversity of teaching methods used, and the ways in which educational opportunities can be created for all students to be successful in twenty-first century learning.
Pradip has a Master of Science degree in Physics, a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Chemistry, and Math, and a Bachelor of Education degree in Science and Math Education. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctor of Education in Leadership and Management.
Pradip enjoys using a variety of common lab items like acids and bases as well as drones, coding, and geospatial technologies to teach science and engineering. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as Earth Science Teacher of the Year, Chemistry Teacher of the Year, Governor's Innovation Award, STEM Superhero Award, County High School Teacher of the Year, County Rural Teacher of the Award, and an Environmental Education Award. He contributes to the science education community through leadership positions including serving on the Board of Directors of the National Earth Science Teachers Association and the Arizona Science Teachers Association. Pradip strongly believes that sharing knowledge and experience with everyone through education is the most pressing need of our time, and if we work together, we can all succeed and make the future of STEM education bright.
Dario Soto is currently a STEM Coach at John F. Kennedy Elementary, Windsor Public Schools, in Connecticut. An educator for 15 years, he has experience teaching at the elementary level, as a STEM/STEAM coach for elementary and middle school students, and as the STEM Teacher in Residence for the Hartford Public Schools. Dario's recent projects include coordination of afterschool programs for grades 3-12, including Project Lead the Way, Vex Robotics, First Lego League, and the Technology Student Association. One of his most memorable projects is the development of an award-winning all-girl robotics team. He currently develops STEM curriculum for in-person and online use.
Dario is a strong advocate for inquiry-based learning and STEM education for all students. He believes in creating hands-on experiences for students that allow them to dive deeper into understating the content and this approach is evident in his teaching. Dario strives to give students opportunities to reflect on their inquiry experiences, allowing for development and growth.
Dario lives with his fiancé and two sons. He enjoys reading, walking, exploring new park trails, and together with his fiancé, food adventuring.
Dario is excited to join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project to expand his knowledge in STEM content and education. As an awardee of the Glen Schuster Memorial Scholarship, Dario hopes to be able to live up to the spirit of leadership set and exemplified by Glen Schuster. Through his involvement in this program, Dario hopes to be able to offer his students and colleagues a wide breadth of learning resources, helping them to not only see STEM as a content area but to see STEM in the world around them and to see themselves as STEM literate individuals.
Rosalita Santiago is currently the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, Virginia. She has been an educator for over 14 years and has taught at the elementary and high school level. Rosalita currently coordinates and coaches her school's K-1 Dash robotics class and serves as a member of the Computer Technology Standards of Learning Committee.
She is an advocate for language and STEAM learning for all students. She believes that language plays a role in STEAM and allowing all students to engage in cross-disciplinary studies addresses students' individual differences and helps to develop important transferable skills.
Rosalita lives with her husband Jesus, her daughter Sofia, and her dog Angelo. They enjoy spending their time together solving puzzles, reading, going for walks, and visiting museums. Rosalita spends her free time attending NASA Socials and collaborating with other educators.
After researching professional development programs in STEAM content and integration at the elementary level, Rosalita was thrilled to learn about the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project. She is excited to be the awardee of the Glen Schuster Memorial Scholarship and looks forward to learning from the experts and applying it to help students discover who they are: interdisciplinary thinkers, entrepreneurs, inventors, global citizens, collaborators, leaders, advocates, and continuous learners.
Monica Nonaka is currently a 4th grade teacher at Konawaena Elementary School in Kona, Hawai’i. She has been an educator for over 14 years serving in a variety of roles at the school and district levels. Monica currently teaches her school’s after school robotics club and serves as the coordinator for the West Hawai’i VEX IQ League. She believes that STEM education is a great way to engage all learners and works to infuse these types of practices into her teaching.
Monica lives with her husband Dylan, an Army Reserve Captain and Realtor, and their two sons, DJ and Mason. As a family they enjoy going to the beach and deep water fishing on her father’s boat. Monica spends her time outside of school supporting her boys in all of their sports and activities as well as dancing hula, doing graphic design work, reading, and gardening.
After looking into ways to further her STEM content knowledge, Monica was delighted to come across the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate program and instantly knew it would be a perfect fit for her. She is excited to be the awardee of the Glen Schuster Memorial Scholarship and looks forward to interacting with content experts and collaborating with other teachers while diving deeper into the Next Generation Science Standards. She is hopeful that the experiences she has will provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for the students that she is has the privilege to teach.
Charles Canestaro is a Physics Teacher from Cortland, NY. He is currently in his fifth year in education, teaching Regents, Honors, and AP Physics. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics from The State University of New York, College at Cortland, where he was the Outstanding Senior Physics Major. At Cortland Senior High School, he coaches the Science Olympiad Team and advises the High School Student Council. His greatest feeling of joy as a teacher is seeing the look of wonder on his students’ faces during demonstrations and discussions. His wife, Cassey, teaches first grade right down the road from their house. He has two cats, Arya and Calla, a dog, Zuzu, and is expecting his first child, a boy, due in March. In his free time Charles likes to read, exercise, cook, and renovate his 120-year-old Victorian brick “fixer-upper” house. After reading about the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project, Charles was blown away by the variety of experiences he’d be exposed to in current STEM education, particularly in the application of engineering and design practices in the class, the utilization of current research in STEM to drive instruction, and incorporating NASA experiences into his practice. As a district currently transitioning to the New York State Science Learning Standards, he hopes to gain experience in both elementary and secondary STEM education to help lead Cortland into the next generation of science standards as well as create memorable experiences in his physics classes for his students.