Dr. Cindy Moss
As director of global STEM initiatives for Discovery Education, Dr. Cindy Moss designs, develops and implements initiatives to inspire students' curiosity in STEM. Prior to joining Discovery Education, Dr. Moss was director of STEM for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She also taught biology and chemistry. Among her many achievements, she won a National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. In 2011, Dr. Moss was selected by STEMConnector as one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM.
Dr. Moss holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master's degree in science from Syracuse University and doctorate in science curriculum and instruction from the Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.
Dr. Joe Oxman
Dr. Joe Oxman is a 3M Corporate Scientist with 3M's Dental Health Care Division (3M ESPE). Having been at 3M for more than 29 years, he is considered an expert in photocurable systems, nanotechnology, glass ionomer materials and hard tissue adhesives. With 81 issued patents and more than 20 pending, Oxman played a key role in revolutionizing the dental industry by helping to create tooth colored restorative filling materials to replace conventional metal fillings.
Thanks to his outstanding work, Oxman has received several prestigious awards including the American Chemical Society Award, 3M Corporate Genesis Research Grant Awards and he was inducted into the 3M Carlton Society, which honors outstanding technical employees at 3M. He is the co-founder of an NSF Collaborative Research Center and serves as the 3M Industrial Director for the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics. In addition to teaching several classes on innovation in the dental industry, Oxman has been involved in the 3M Summer Teacher's program and mentored students of all ages who have an interest in science.
Julian Barnes is the Science Coordinator of Roanoke County Public Schools in Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke County is the largest school district in the region with 26 schools.
In his current role, he has been involved with a multi-year Learn and Serve Grant, served on the application committee for the Governor's STEM academy, and aided in a joint effort between the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Science Education Leadership Association in the education of new science standards.
Mr. Barnes has served on many state committees in the review and refinement of content standards and various state science organizations. He is the current Vice President of Virginia Association of Science Teachers.
Jonathan Harper is the Science Curriculum Supervisor for the Grand Rapids Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also serves as a Secondary Science Disciplinary Literacy Coach. In his career with Grand Rapids Public Schools, he has taught high school science including Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Bench Science, and AP Biology. Jonathan has coordinated and facilitated professional development sessions, as well as professional learning communities, focused on best practices for improving teaching and learning within science education.
Jonathan has a B.S. in Applied and Environmental Biology and M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He is currently working toward an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He is an avid outdoorsmen and loves to go fishing with his family and friends.
Kellie Lauth is the current STEM Coordinator for Adams 12 Five Star School District and the principal of STEM Launch K-8. Along with a team of colleagues, Kellie opened one of the first K-8 STEM schools in the nation in 2011, serving public school children with no entrance requirement. As district coordinator, Kellie plays a key role in STEM expansion in the district and also attracting other organizations outside of the district to the model, which experienced great success in its first few years. Kellie received her bachelor's degree and master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a science education emphasis from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been a science educator and instructional specialist prior to opening the STEM Magnet Lab School in Northglenn, Colorado where she built an extensive partnership with businesses, industry and higher education to support and promote STEM education and address workforce readiness. Kellie has been a national presenter and co-author of several science education publications. She has also published a children's book and is a member of numerous science/STEM organizations, nationally and locally.
Sherry Ulery currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools. A 1977 graduate of Wright State University with a major in English, Ms. Ulery completed her first Master's in Curriculum and Instruction in 1983 at John Carroll University and also holds a Master's in Educational Leadership with Principal certification.
A former Reading/English Language Arts teacher who has taught grades 7 - 12, Ms. Ulery has also served in DC Public Schools and Cleveland Municipal School District where she held the positions of Chief of Teaching and Learning and Chief of Curriculum Content and Professional Development, respectively. Prior to joining Chicago Public Schools, Ulery served on the Emergency Financial Manager's team in Detroit Public Schools as the Deputy Chief of Academic Affairs.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Ulery has been responsible for the development and implementation of the Cleveland Municipal School District Literacy System and a District Comprehensive Professional Development Framework and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the District's Content Standards.