NISE 2019 Featured Speakers

  • Brett Moulding

    Education Consultant and Author

    Brett Moulding taught chemistry for 20 years. He later served at the Utah State Office of Education for 15 years. While working at the USOE, Brett served on the Triangle Coalition Board and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2009 Framework Planning Committee, NAEP Science Standing Committee, and as the president of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) from 2003 to 2006. Brett was on the National Academies’ Board on Science Education (BOSE) from 2004 to 2012.

    As a member of the NRC committee, Brett was deeply involved in the development of the Framework for K-12 Science Education, was a lead writer on the Next Generation Science Standards, and Co-Chair for NASEM BOSE Committee that developed the 2019 report Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigations and Design at the Center.

    Brett has provided professional development across the U.S. In support of this work, he has co-authored Teaching Science is Phenomenal and A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning. These books provide educators with insights into classroom instructional strategies to effectively engage students in three-dimensional science learning consistent with the NGSS, the Framework for K-12 Science, and state standards based on the Framework. He was a member of the CSSS committee that developed the 2017 Science Professional Learning Standards.

    Moulding will be giving two workshops, one for HS and one for MS.

  • Scott Manley

    Space Enthusiast and YouTube Personality

    Scott Manley is perhaps best known for his space-themed YouTube channel where he teaches the math and minutia behind rocket science and commentates while playing video games such as Kerbal Space Program. Over the last decade, his videos have generated over 250 million views and attracted almost 1 million subscribers. He addresses questions such as: "Can you see a laser pointer from the ISS?," "Why do so many American rockets use Russian engines?," "What is a Hoverslam?," "Is Elon Musk’s latest idea feasible?," and "Why did that rocket explode?"

    He grew up in Scotland and spent a decade in academia studying astrophysics and computational physics at the University of Glasgow and worked at Armagh Observatory focusing on small bodies in the solar system and specifically the probabilities of collision and worst case scenarios. Scott left research in 1999 to work in the technology industry in California where he resides. Recently Scott had the honor of having a planet named after him (33434) Scottmanley.

    Scott's YouTube channel:

  • Dr. Bruce W. Fouke

    Professor of Geology and Microbiology, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Bruce is a professor of Geology and Microbiology, and a member of the Carl. R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center.

    His lab group of students, postdocs and research scientists work at the intersection of carbonate geology and molecular biology (Geobiology, Astrobiology and Biomineralization) on projects that range from energy exploration and recovery, to translational human medicine, environmental influences on adaptation and evolution and space exploration.

    Dr. Fouke's will give two presentations, one on Astrobiology and the NASA Astrobiology Roadmap and the other about the role of the the Universal Tree of Life in searching for life throughout the cosmos.

  • Kevin Heymeyer

    Former Science Teacher, Space Enthusiast, and YouTube Personality

    Kevin Hehmeyer is the owner of the spaceXcentric (formerly CloudLicker) YouTube channel, which aims to educate viewers on the current events of space exploration. The channel is best known for the regular updates on SpaceX in the News.

    Kevin previously taught high school and middle school science courses for 3 years in central Ohio, where he emphasized the importance of rocket science and developed a strong rocketry program for his school. While teaching, Kevin designed and built the first SpaceX LEGO rocket to receive 10,000 supporters and advance to the LEGO review board. Before becoming a science teacher, Kevin was a police officer and served in the U.S. Navy with a SEAL contract. Kevin also completed a coveted White House internship in 2008 while earning his undergraduate degree in Homeland Security and Terrorism from Tiffin University. When he is not reading up on the latest space news, Kevin enjoys powered paragliding and spending time at home with his wife, Kari, and two German shepherds, Kairo and Kunu.

    Kevin's YouTube channel:

  • Sheryl Shields

    Former Teacher, Career Coach, and Author

    Sheryl is a career coach who’s passionate about helping teachers and school administrators live healthier and happier lives. Sheryl leads various training sessions and workshops to help her clients battle burnout, rekindle their passion, and methods to work with difficult students and staff. She uses various Emotional Intelligence practices to help her clients identify and manage their emotions, which reduces stress and creates a positive school climate.

    Sheryl earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership and Coaching from Lewis University in 2017. She taught English and Television Broadcasting at a suburban Chicago High School for 18 years. She has developed various workshops and classes for Chicago Public Schools, Joliet Township District 204, Community High School District 218, and Lewis University. She published "Teaching can kill you: How to survive and BE HAPPE in the classroom" in 2015.

  • Sara Sullivan

    Biologist, Species Conservation Toolkit Initiative (SCTI)

    Sara Sullivan is a population biologist and global training specialist for the Species Conservation Toolkit Initiative (SCTI), a partnership to ensure that the new innovations and tools needed for species risk assessment, conservation planning, and managing populations are developed, globally available, and used effectively. Based at the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), Sara’s primary work currently focuses on building global capacity for using SCTI modeling tools like Vortex, PMx, and Outbreak to assess complex threats faced by small populations, manage wildlife resources, and succeed in conservation.

    She earned her MS in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) and has extensive experience in population management. Prior to joining SCTI in 2017, Sara served as genetic and demographic advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) cooperatively managed Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs and continues to develop ex-situ management plans today. In her free time, she also fills various leadership roles for the Bearded Emperor Tamarin and White-faced Saki SSPs and serves on a number of scientific advisory groups.

    For more information on SCTI tools, please visit:

  • Dr. Angela Kolonich

    Director of Professional Learning, CREATE for STEM

    Angela Kolonich, Ph.D., is a science educator with over 12 years of experience teaching and working in urban schools. She is the Director of Professional Learning at CREATE for STEM where she develops support programs for science teachers focused on equitable implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

    Angela taught high school science and engineering in Lansing, Michigan before transitioning to graduate school at Michigan State University. During her graduate studies, she worked with Dr. Joseph Krajcik on the development of Interactions, which was the first curricular unit to be awarded the Digital Design Badge from Achieve for high-quality NGSS design. Currently, Angela works at the CREATE for STEM institute developing and facilitating professional learning programs for K-12 science teachers to support the development of equitable, three-dimensional learning environments. Her research interests are in science teacher learning, equity in science, and Indiginous science knowledge.

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