Congratulations to our 2014 Siemens Summer of Learning Fellows!

2010 Siemens STEM Institute Fellows


North Carolina

Marty Creech

Marty Creech, Mocksville, NC
North Davie Middle School

Marty Creech received his Masters of Instructional Media degree from Appalachian State University and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science.  Marty is a 6th grade science teacher at North Davie Middle School where he leads his school’s PBS committee and works to help other teachers integrate technology to their curriculum.  Marty believes learning should be fun and engaging and that the most important part of education is the student and the student’s needs.  He has received multiple mini grants to advance STEM teaching and has held many leadership roles, such as a Technology Professional Development Provider for Davie County Schools and as co-author for the Davie County Technology Plan. 

Kimberly Forbes

Kimberly Forbes, High Point, NC
Ferndale Middle School

Kimberly Forbes received her Masters of Arts in Teaching concentrating in Technology Education from North Carolina A&T State University in 2008. Kimberly has been teaching Technology Education to 6th, 7th and 8th graders as a second career for the past five years. She serves on the International Baccalaureate Committee and co-chairs the Character Education Committee. She was also named Ferndale Middle School Teacher of the Year. Kimberly serves as advisor and coach to many extra-curricular activities including Technology Student Association (TSA), First Lego League, Science Olympiad, Odyssey of the Mind, and Wired for Music.  Kimberly believes in a hands-on/minds-on real world application curriculum in her classroom that incorporates every aspect of STEM.

New Jersey  
Kathy Chesmel

Kathy Chesmel, New Egypt, NJ
New Egypt High School

Kathy Chesmel earned her Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and her Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  Before becoming a teacher, she worked for 10 years as a research scientist in the field of tissue engineering.  She currently teaches Chemistry and Forensics and serves as a Curriculum Facilitator for her District.  Kathy has been involved in several research studies aimed at evaluating novel teaching methods including RISE-Raising Interested in Science Education (Duke University), CALM-Computer Assisted Learning Method (University of Indiana), and an in-house project she is completing to evaluate the efficacy of using the arts to teach chemistry.

Michael Liva

Michael Liva, Hackensack, NJ
Bergen County Academies

Michael Liva possesses a BS in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MS in Physics from Penn. State University. He has spent over 20 years working as an electrical and optical engineer and is the inventor on several patents. For the past 11 years Michael has been teaching Physics, Material Science and Robotics to students in the Science and Engineering programs at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack NJ. Michael believes “it is very important to make the connections between science and engineering for my students. I believe this helps them to understand the underlying science and mathematics if they see the applications.”

Lynn Prosen

Lynn Prosen, Bayonne, NJ
Holy Family Academy

Lynn Prosen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Broad Field Science and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. She is currently working towards her Master’s of Education Degree in Teaching and Learning from Western Governor’s University. Lynn is an experienced science teacher, having taught high school chemistry (including AP, Honors, Regular, and Descriptive Chemistry) Earth Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, and undergraduate level Biology.  She is also a Science Educator at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.  She is passionate about science education (both formal and informal) and the infusion of technology into the classroom.

Laura Segedin

Laura Segedin, Westfield, NJ
Roosevelt Intermediate School

Laura Segedin received her Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from The College of New Jersey.  She has been teaching 6th grade Introduction to Technology Education, 7th grade Woods Technology, and 8th grade Woods Technology at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, NJ for ten years.  Last year, Laura was honored with a 2009 Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award.  She has recently written curriculum for several courses in her department and is an active member of her school's Reflective Practice Group.  After school, Laura can be found running her CO2 Car Club, making a new dish with her Cooking Club, working with students on their woodworking projects, and coaching students in Destination Imagination challenges.  Laura believes that hands-on, integrated activities fosters independence, higher-level thinking, and deeper learning in her students.

Merrie Rampy

Merrie Rampy, Fernley, NV
Fernley High School

Merrie Rampy earned her Masters of Education degree from the University of Montana, Missoula and is an experienced teacher of mathematics and science.  Merrie has been the Fernley High School Science Department Chair for the past five years, is the only representative from her county to participate in the Nevada Math Science Leadership Cadre and the only current teacher on the Nevada STEM Initiative committee.   Merrie is also the founder and director of the Fernley city-wide Science Fair which now provides a venue for over 500 students to present their science research to the public.  Merrie been named a semi-finalist for the Shell Science Teaching Award and has been commended as the teacher/mentor of an International Science and Engineering Fair finalist nine times. 

New York  
Kimberly Heal

Kimberly Heal, Saint James, NY
Smithtown High School East

Kimberly Heal received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Science Education from Stony Brook University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cornell University.  Kimberly presently teaches Advanced Placement Biology and College Oceanography–a high school course taught in conjunction with Stony Brook University.  She currently serves as the Department Representative for the Smithtown High School East Academic Advisory Council and as the Committee Chair for the Smithtown AP Biology Curriculum Committee. In 2007 she was honored with “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” recognition.

Lissa Moses

Lissa Moses, New York, NY
Thurgood Marshall Academy

Lissa Moses received her BS in biology from Bates College and her Master of Science in Teaching at Pace University where she recently completed her master’s thesis on creating culturally relevant curricula. She worked for two years at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network where she helped produce natural history programs. She teaches 7th Grade science at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem, NY. In March, Lissa single-handedly created, organized, and directed a 90-student science fair with over 45 different original student projects.


Kristie Reighard

Kristie Reighard, Perrysburg, OH
Penta Career Center

Kristie Reighard earned her B.S. degree at The University of Findlay in Environmental and Hazardous Materials Management and her M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently she is teaching Environmental Science and Chemistry at Penta Career Center, in Perrysburg, Ohio, where she is also STEM Advisor for STEM Summer Camp for Jr. High students. Kristie has been awarded over $14,000 in science classroom grants including ones though BP A+ for Energy and Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. She enjoys sharing her science content and teaching knowledge and has presented at several conferences, served as a field test teacher for Active Physics, and is working with teachers in her building to develop STEM programs.

Telannia Norfar

Telannia Norfar, Oklahoma City, OK
Northwest Classen High School

Telannia Norfar has taught mathematics in Oklahoma City Public Schools for the last five years and is currently the mathematics department chair of Northwest Classen High School. Telannia has a Master's in Teaching with Technology from Ashford University, has received several honors, including “Who's Who in Education,” and over $25,000 in grants. In the summer of 2007, Telannia had the idea to convert her classroom to a corporation. The students would be math consultants to individuals, families and organizations around the world. The purpose was to teach her students that all their core classes have real world applications.

Patrick Engleman

Patrick Engleman, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Lower Moreland High School

Patrick Engleman earned his Master’s of Integrated Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania this past year and is an experienced teacher of the sciences and humanities. Patrick is currently a Chemistry and Physics teacher at Lower Moreland High School where along with coaching the winter and spring track teams, he is also piloting a new Elective Forensics program.  Mr. Engleman has presented his research of increasing motivation in low performing science students through use of technology and alternative assessments at the previous two National Science Teachers Association conferences. He has spent a few years working in the pharmaceutical field as a laboratory technician. He is the recipient of technology grants from Hewlett Packard, National Science Foundation, Pfizer, and the University of Pennsylvania as well as rookie teacher of the year honors.

Patty McGinnis

Patty McGinnis, Eagleville, PA
Arcola Intermediate School

Patty McGinnis earned her B.S. in Biology from Washington State University and her Masters in Biology from George Mason University.  She has over 30 years of teaching experience and currently teaches Life Science at Arcola Intermediate School.  She was appointed as the Southeast Pennsylvania Representative for the Pennsylvania Science Teacher Association Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Middle Level Science Teacher Association.  She has received many honors and awards, including the Paul DeHart Hurd Award for National Outstanding Science Teacher and the Montgomery County Science Teacher Association Middle School Teacher of the Year. She has been awarded the Toshiba Foundation Grant, Toyota Tapestry Grant, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Grant. 

Ruth Still

Ruth Still, Hershey, PA
Hershey High School

Ruth Still is an 18-year veteran teacher who is certified to teach biology, chemistry, and physics.  She currently teaches physics and chemistry at Hershey High School in Hershey, PA.  Over the past three years she has been involved in the Pennsylvania’s Classroom for the Future grant. Her grant work has initiated a desire to change the way science is taught in her classroom and the district. Ruth has spent a lot of time learning innovative ways of using technology in her science classroom and lab.  She has been asked to present many of these uses to colleagues at district-wide training, Promethean user groups, as well as at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference. 

Linda Dizer

Linda Dizer, Chattanooga, TN
Girls' Preparatory School

Linda Dizer received her Masters of Science in Teaching from State University of New York, Binghamton and is an experienced teacher of biology, human biology, forensic science, marine science, and middle school science.  Linda has been the recipient of a Toshiba America Foundation Grant, the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, and a NIDA grant to attend Genetics and Addiction Teacher Institute.  Linda is the Science Department Head at Girls Preparatory School. Because of her conviction that STEM careers need to be demystified for young women she has attended the National Coalition of Girls Schools STEM Think Tank and works with the local Southeastern Women Engineers to help students better understand the various areas of engineering.  She was involved in the planning of a GPS STEM symposium, which connected over 27 alumnae to girls at GPS interested in the STEM fields.

Sunny Richardson

Sunny Richardson, Coppell, TX
Coppell High School

Sunny Richardson earned her Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education at the University of Houston. Sunny is an experienced teacher of high school biology and leadership classes.  She presently serves as a 9th grade Biology and PreAP Biology teacher and Student Council Advisor at Coppell High School in Coppell, TX. In addition, she facilitates a student leadership class building leaders within her school community. Sunny has received honors such as GEM, Great Educators Matter, awards through Coppell ISD, many Star Awards and the 2008-2009 Above and Beyond award for Coppell High School.


Kim Spaulding

Kim Spaulding, Texarkana, TX
Texas Middle School

Kim Spaulding earned her BSIS from Texas A&M, is currently pursuing her MSIS from Texas A&M and is 13 year teacher of middle school science.  Over the years, Kim has been the department chair for the Texas Middle School Science Department and is currently the STEM Academy Team Leader for the 6th grade.  Kim has served as a mentor teacher for the East Texas Regional Science Collaborative since 2001 and for Texas A&M University.  Kim has been the recipient of the Rotary Club Texas Middle School Teacher of the Year Award, as well as being awarded the opportunity to attend the The Lone Star Dinosaur Institute of Ft. Worth, TX  and the Keystone Science Institute of Keystone, CO.    Kim is a Master Presenter for Texarkana Independent School District and a successful grant writer.  As a Girl Scout Leader and community volunteer, Kim attended an intensive week of space training with the University of Arizona.

Marcie Shea

Marcie Shea, Richmond, VA
Douglas Southall Freeman High School

Marcie Shea received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics Summa Cum Laude from Samford University and a Masters of Education degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.   Marcie teaches honors and regular level physics at Douglas Freeman High School where she concentrates on developing critical thinking by promoting problem solving and conceptual abstraction.  Recently, Henrico County Public Schools recognized Marcie’s cultivation of critical thinking and innovative teaching ideas as part of their awards initiative to commend teaching 21st century skills.  Marcie believes it is imperative that students develop critical thinking skills in order to be successful in all areas of life and sees STEM education as a wonderful way to foster these skills.

Paul Clement

Paul Clement, Bellingham, WA
Bellingham High School

Paul Clement holds a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Instructional Technology Integration in Education, and is National Board Certified (AYA Math).  In ten years of teaching, Paul has taught students at all levels of High School Mathematics and currently teaches Design Engineering and Architecture in addition to Algebra and Pre-Calculus.  Paul has served on the steering committees for numerous local, regional and statewide mathematics education efforts including the Transition Math Project and Whatcom Math Project and was chosen to speak at a conference on creativity in education for the Governor of Washington.  He believes that context is the key to understanding and matching delivery to student interest makes education powerful and enduring. 

Kelly Frederick

Kelly Frederick, Moses Lake, WA
Chief Moses Middle School

Kelly Frederick is currently a 6th grade science teacher at Chief Moses Middle School.  She has taught both biology and physics at elementary and middle school levels. She is Nationally Board Certified in Science with a Masters Degree from Eastern Washington University.  She currently serves as the Science Department Chair and the Science Club Coach at Chief Moses Middle School. She also serves as a Professional Development Facilitator for Moses Lake School District. Her honors include earning an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. She is passionate about teaching pre-teens and building a foundation of science concepts, literacy, and experiences utilizing the inquiry process.

Matthew Inman

Matthew Inman, Spokane, WA
Shadle Park High School

Matthew Inman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Washington, a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Eastern Washington University. Matthew is a National Board Certified teacher and an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. He teaches physics, math and general science at Shadle Park High School in Spokane and has served as adjunct faculty for the local community college system. Matthew also works as an instructional coach at Shadle Park, helping other teachers with their practice. Matthew believes that people are naturally curious about how the universe works. He believes it is the job of education to foster and feed this curiosity in ways that inspire students to want to know more, work harder and do good in the world.

Willie Johnson

Willie Johnson, Spokane, WA
Joel E Ferris High School

Willie Johnson has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and a Master’s degree in Education Technology from Eastern Washington University.  In addition, Mr. Johnson is a National Board Certified Teacher in Technology and is also the CTE Department Head for Spokane Country Schools.  He presently teaches Drafting, Computer Programming, and AP Computer Programming.  Along with being the Webpage Administrator at his high school. he has also taught Webpage design and online classes for the Spokane School District.  He also serves as the Site Base Council President for Ferris High School.

Peggy Hartwig

Peggy Hartwig, Marshfield, WI
Marshfield High School

Peggy Hartwig has earned National Board Certification for A-YA Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership, and was a 2005 state finalist for PAEMST.  Peg has initiated the development of Project Based Learning and Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) throughout her school district, taking on leadership roles to advance Marshfield’s PLC progress including the improvement of district grading practices, implementing standards based grading. Peg continues to strive toward STEM initiatives, discussing the scope and sequence of science and math classes, pursuing appropriate cross-curricular alignment of learning targets.  Peg has been a member of NCTM for the last 20 years, presenting regularly at both state and national mathematics conventions, sharing her many STEM application lessons and dynamic classroom techniques to produce active, engaged learners. Many of Peg’s presentations can be found on the Siemens STEM Resources web page. 

Mary LaVick

Mary LaVick, Rice Lake, WI
Rice Lake High School

Mary LaVick is an experienced Chemistry and AP Chemistry teacher at Rice Lake High School.  She received her Master of Education in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her BA in Chemistry from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.  Mary’s most recent leadership roles include working in her district as a member of its Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant Team and at the state level as a member of the Wisconsin DPI Science/Food Science Equivalency Committee.  She has trained Rice Lake High School staff to use important technology like Skyward Tools and information management systems.

Peter Watts

Peter Watts, Watertown, WI
Riverside Middle School

Peter Watts earned his Bachelor of Science Education degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. An educator for over 22 years, Peter has proven himself a leader in his school, community and state. He has served as Science Curriculum Specialist, is the Seventh grade Team Leader, and facilitated successful grant writing for his school. Peter organized a living history encampment, prairie restoration, river clean-ups and other environmental projects in his community. He has served his state science organization, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, for many years by chairing the Nominations and Elections and the Convention committees. He is currently serving as Second Vice President of the Foundations Committee and is a past president of WSST. He has received awards for exemplary science teaching from WSST and the Wisconsin Elementary and Middle Level Science Teachers. Peter has presented dozens of workshops and has participated in as many professional development opportunities as he can.




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