Conference Presenters

Erica Baker, NBCT
North Washington Middle School


National Board-Certified Teacher, Erica Baker, teaches middle school science in Washington County. She has participated in the CKEC Science Network Meetings, partnered in a KDE FAST-ER grant on formative assessment in science, and presented sessions at NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) in St. Louis, KAAC (Kentucky Association for Academic Competition)-Scott Trimble Workshop, KSTA (Kentucky Science Teacher Association) annual conferences, the KASC (Kentucky Association of School Councils) conference and has lead several sessions for her colleagues at a school and district level. She has contributed to the Common Assignment Study Collaborative and was invited to represent KY as 1 of 2 Kentucky Teachers at the Midwest Region Virtual Unconference. Erica has been actively involved in KY's assessment process and planning as a member of the Assessment and Standards Setting Review Committee, worked on the TCT review committee, and a creator of the recent Alternate Science Assessments. Erica was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by Campbellsville University in 2019 and was named the Secondary Science Teacher of the Year by KSTA last year. Also elected to represent the Knobs District in Kentucky, Erica serves on the Kentucky Science Teacher Association Board of Directors.

Jody Bintz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning



Jody Bintz, MA, serves as BSCS Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning. She works primarily in the areas of leadership development and teacher professional learning. Ms. Bintz designs, studies, and leads programs to develop organizational leadership capacity, particularly as related to implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and BSCS’s Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis (STeLLA) teacher professional learning program.

Diane Johnson, Master Teacher
Morehead State University


Taught high school science for 25 years, served 5 years as an instructional supervisor, am a Regional Teacher Partner with PIMSER, Master Teacher for MSUTeach at Morehead State University, NSTA PL Cadre member, Peer Review Panel member for WestEd (formerly Achieve), and leadership trainee for BSCS STeLLA Scale-up project in KY.

Dr. Jessica Lair, Associate Professor
Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Lair grew up in Southern West Virginia and attended West Virginia University Institute of Technology, earning a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.S. in Mathematics. She then went on to Clemson University earning an M.S. and Ph. D. in Physics with research in Astrophysics, specifically optical observations of Type Ia Supernovae. Since joining the physics faculty at EKU, she has gotten involved in education research with a focus on Astronomy Education Research and using the planetarium in astronomy instruction.

Christopher Lore, Research Assistant

The Concord Consortium

I began working at The Concord Consortium almost three years ago after receiving a Bachelor's and Master's degree in geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At Concord, I have worked to build earth systems models that allow students to explore complex, interacting systems that are too big to see in a lab.

Lori Norton-Meier, PhD, University of Northern Iowa

Director, Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy


Dr. Lori Norton-Meier is the director of the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy and a Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research examines the role of play and inquiry in teaching and learning, particularly related to language and literacy practices of teachers, children, youth and family members. She studies the role of play in understanding media literacy, how family inquiry fuels learning in and out of school settings, and argument-based inquiry in teaching and learning particularly related to science. She has multiple publications including 30 journal publications, 20 book chapters and five books, with two of these books focusing on the voices of teachers who describe their process of learning as teacher researchers in their own classrooms.

Tiffany Tindle, South Hancock Elementary


Hello, my name is Tiffany Tindle and I am a third grade teacher at South Hancock Elementary. I have twenty-five years experience teaching Pre-K, first, second, third, and fifth grade. I have my Master's degree in Library Media and Technology and served as our district's elementary librarian for five years before returning to the classroom. I'm very excited to serve on the KSTA board as the Green River district director. I've also been honored to be a Kentucky Science Teacher of the year award recipient and a PAEMST finalist. I love watching my students' excitement and natural curiosity lead them to discover a love for science they may have never known was there! My personal hobbies include reading, gardening and canning my home grown food, sewing, and spending time with my husband Jeff, our sons Evan, Colin, Adam and his wife Seybree, and our granddaughter Freyja.

Stephanie Seevers, Teacher

Evergreen High School

After earning a degree in geology, I worked in petroleum and environmental consulting before I started teaching high school science in 1998. This year, I am teaching science part time while also working with The Concord Consortium as a teacher consultant on several projects aimed at bringing real-world data and better models into Earth science classrooms.

Patti Works, Amplify Professional Learning Specialist

PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner


Patti Works is a Regional Teacher Partner with PIMSER and works as a Professional Learning Specialist with Amplify Science, after completing 31 years in the classroom. She was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the state of Kentucky in 2012 and the KSTA Elementary Science Teacher of the Year in 2006. While teaching in Fayette County, she was a part of the state Science Leadership Network, and worked on many district initiatives addressing effective science instruction. With PIMSER and CRIMSTED at U of Louisville, she worked with twelve districts in western Kentucky on developing classroom embedded assessments in science, grades K-8.

Dr. Lin Xiang, Assistant Professor of Science Education
University of Kentucky

Lin Xiang is an assistant professor of science education in the Department of STEM Education at the University of Kentucky. Her expertise lies in model-based science education, agent-based computer modeling, and science teacher education. Over the past ten years, Lin has developed an extensive collection of agent-based computer models for K-16 students to apply science practices and crosscutting concepts to explore core science ideas. Her computer modeling curricula has been published in Science Scope and The Science Teacher. Lin taught high school biology and college introductory biology courses. At the University of Kentucky, she teaches Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Science Methods; STEM Education Methods.

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