Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

Georgia Science Teachers Association

ELIPSE 6.0 - January 25, 2020

Experiential Learning and Inquiry for Physical Science Educators (ELIPSE) is the theme for the GSTA District II (Northeast Georgia) Conference. This is the sixth year this workshop has been organized by GSTA, Brenau University, and the University of North Georgia. The conference will be held on January 25, 2020 from 8:30-4:00 in the Science Building at UNG-Gainesville. You can find more details and register here. The cost if $5 for GSTA members and $10 for non-members. Lunch will be provided with takeaways, conference t-shirt, & door prizes. Registration will be open from November 21 - January 24.

GSTA Awards & Grant applications are open!

The annual GSTA Awards and Grants recognize excellence and innovation in Georgia science education and serves to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in our state.

All entries must be received by 11:59PM EST on 11/30/2019, via online submission.

A distinguished panel of professional science educators will review applications and select the winners. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be current GSTA members and all work must be current and cumulative, as applicable.

GSTA Awards and Grants recipients will be honored during an awards banquet in February 2020.

The GSTA Awards and Recognition Program is supported by member donations, the Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation, and generous sponsors.  GSTA Awards and Grants help support the science educators and their science educational programs, professional development and proactive efforts in the science education field.

For more information contact Dr. Sally Creel, the GSTA Awards and Foundation Chair.

GSTA recognizes the following awards and grants:

You can find detailed information and apply at the GSTA Awards page!

Make plans to attend the 2020 Broadening Our Horizons GSTA Conference!

The 2020 GSTA Conference will be held February 13-14 at the Columbus Trade and Convention Center. 

Since the implementation of the GSE in 2017, Georgia teachers have continued to refine their understanding of what it means to integrate science content with science practices and crosscutting concepts. The focus of the 2020 GSTA conference is Broadening Our Horizons and will provide an opportunity for teachers to be immersed in experiences about 3-D teaching and learning, equity, assessment, and the integration of STEM and Literacy.  This year’s conference is designed to continue to broaden our horizons as we grow and refine our practices as educators. Conference sessions this year will focus on sharing best practices, resources, and ideas based on the following strands:


  • Broadening Our Understanding of STEM Integration - How can we intentionally integrate STEM aligned with the GSE?

  • Broadening Our Understanding of Science for ALL:  How attention to EQUITY can help us engage ALL students?

  • Broadening Our Understanding of the connections between Science and LITERACY

  • Broadening Our Understanding of 3-D ASSESSMENT:  How can we incorporate the three dimensions in our assessments?

You can find our more details and register to attend at

2019-2020 Board Members

GSTA would like to introduce you to the 2019-20 Board Members:


Sarah Eales


Dr. Judy Ward


Dr. Donna Barrett-Williams

Vice President

Patricia Dubose


Christian Cali

Exec Secretary/Treasurer

Nancy Brim

Elementary School Rep

Dr. Tamieka Grizzle

Middle School Rep

Donita Legoas

High School Rep

Justin Harvey

College Rep

Dr. Kania Greer

Supervisors Rep

Dr. Nicole Page

Please click here to find a map of districts and contact information.

District 1

Robert Bice

District 2

Christina Curtis

District 3

Alana Davis

District 4

Melany Bracking

District 5

Dr. Sheila Barnes

District 6

Ashley Cody

District 7

Heather Cowart

District 8

Dr. Katie Brkich

District 9

Kristina Istre

District 10

Teresa Massey

District 11

Michelle Sizemore

District 12

Kathryn Mullens

General Conference Information

GSTA's 2020 annual conference will be held February 13-14, 2020 at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center.

Stay tuned for more details!

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.

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