A Message from Jocelyn Paas, STAO President 2016 – 2017

Picture of Jocelyn Paas, STAO President

I count it a tremendous privilege to serve you as the STAO President this year. The mission of STAO to encourage excellence in science education is paramount and I am grateful to be a part of this dynamic community.

My journey with STAO began as I attended the STAO Fall Conferences as a secondary science and senior biology teacher for many years. I gained a deep respect for the professional development I received. My teaching was transformed through ideas that I learned at workshops at the conferences. I found inspiring ways to engage my students and discovered that my courses became more fun and interactive.  Joining the STAO community has been the best thing I have done for my development as an educator. I encourage you to jump in and take advantage of all the resources available through STAO.

This is an exciting time to be a science educator! STAO will help you be on the cutting edge of innovation and social media networking. There are many opportunities to be connected with the science education community through social media, following STAO on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. The STAO2016 conference has new initiatives this year to address the changing needs in science education. I am looking forward to seeing you at the conference very soon.

You are a world changer as you help open the eyes of your students to the way science discoveries can address current needs and pave the way for a sustainable future. It is my hope that STAO will be the lifeline for your professional support this year.

Jocelyn Paas

President, 2016 -2017