Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

Georgia Science Teachers Association

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Special Registration and Targeted Sessions for GSTA Members and Georgia Teachers

Join us in Atlanta for four days of energizing moments, engaging sessions, inspiring presenters, and community building across disciplines. From relevant session topics to unique session formats, to immersive pre-conference workshops, to informative share-a-thons and morning coffee chats, to exciting social activities and networking events, NSTA Atlanta23 is sure to bring you the best new thinking coupled with time-tested teaching approaches in a fun, one-of-a-kind, collaborative learning environment! GSTA will sponsor a special Georgia-specific strand of sessions full of ideas and resources that you can take back directly to your classroom. Even better, all GSTA members can register at the NSTA member rate! Join GSTA here and then register for the NSTA conference here.


GSTA Releases Statement on The Role of Science Learning in Supporting Literacy Development

As part of our ongoing efforts to advocate for the critical role that science can play in supporting literacy learning, the GSTA board has released this statement on The Role of Science Learning in Supporting Literacy Development. The statement will be submitted as testimony to Georgia House Study Committee on Literacy Instruction. You can learn more about the committee through our partner organization, Science For Georgia, here.

Along with preparing this statement, we have hosted four virtual PL sessions focused on the role that science can play in supporting literacy across grades K-12. These sessions have featured teachers, researchers, science education leaders, and policy advocates to share their experiences, expertise, and inspiration. Members can access recordings and other resources from the sessions at this link.

We should be announcing our fifth session soon!

    2022 District Mini-Grants

    GSTA is excited to announce the winners of our 2022 District Mini-Grants. Congratulations to the following teachers!

    • District 1-  Marc Pedersen, Paulding County High School, Paulding County
    • District 1-  Melissa Rowe, Chattooga High School, Chattooga County
    • District 3 - Brian Heglund, Kell High School, Cobb County
    • District 3 - Krystal Evans, Norton Park Elementary, Cobb County
    • District 5 - Rachel Kakesh, Bowdon High School, Carroll County
    • District 8 - Kathleen Holliday, Tybee Island Maritime Academy, Savannah-Chatham County
    • District 8 - John Cassell, Effingham College and Career Academy, Effingham County
    • District 9 - Crystal McDowell, Greenbrier High School, Columbia County
    • District 11 - Tracey Woodcock, Lee County High School, 9th Grade Campus, Lee County
    • District 12 - Tita Anderson Lovell, Paul Duke STEM High School, Gwinnett County
    • District 12 - Alan Cummings, Dacula High School, Gwinnett County

    2022-23 GSTA Board of Directors

    Executive Director: Justin Harvey

    President: Dr. Nicole Page

    President Elect: Melissa Niemi

    Vice President: Chanel Johnson

    Secretary: Dr. Jessica VanValkenburgh

    Executive Treasurer/Secretary: Nancy Brim

    Elementary School Representative: Marquita Jackson

    Middle School Representative: Kristina Istre

    High School Representative: Jordan Tidrick

    College Representative: Dr. Kania Greer

    Science Supervisor Representative: Dr. Jeremy Peacock

    District 1: Robert Bice

    District 2: Jane Reed

    District 3: Kelly Bodner

    District 4: Natasha Smith

    District 5: Dr. Sheila Barnes

    District 6: Mandy Fulton

    District 7: Heather Cowart

    District 8: Dr. Michelle Thompson

    District 9: Donita Legoas

    District 10: Teresa Massey

    District 11: Patti Howell

    District 12: Kathryn Mullen

      GSTA Professional Resources

      Besides our world famous GSTA Phenomena Bank, GSTA supports science teachers across the state by curating professional resources.

      GSTA is committed to supporting excellence in science teaching for the students of Georgia. GSTA works to CONNECT, INFORM, SUPPORT, and ADVOCATE for science teachers in Georgia. We also seek to PARTNER with like-minded formal and informal science education organizations to further GSTA’s mission and goals.


      CONNECT Georgia science teachers to vibrant local and statewide professional networks that enhance their classroom practice and the value of their membership. 

      Professional Learning

      INFORM GSTA members through a variety of professional learning opportunities that enhance access to current, research-based practices for teachers at all levels, for all disciplines, and in all settings across Georgia. 


      SUPPORT GSTA members through professional resources that help teachers improve their practice, the academic lives of their students, and their school communities.


      ADVOCATE for excellent science education in Georgia on behalf of teachers and students and encourage our members to raise their own voices in support of excellent science education for all students in our state. 


      PARTNER with informal science education stakeholders to facilitate science literacy opportunities for learners of all ages in real-world communities.

      Upcoming Events

      Support the Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation (GSTEF) through Amazon Smile.  All monies go towards awards, scholarships, and mini-grants for teachers and students!

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