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Middle School Research Teachers Conference

The Middle School Research Teachers Conference was held October 11-13, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

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The Society is thrilled to announce that with support from DoD STEM, we were able to host a new Middle School Research Teachers Conference October 11 – 13, 2019.

This conference brought together 50 middle school STEM teachers to Washington, DC, all-expenses-paid, for a weekend of peer-led professional development. The conference focusesd on leading students in research projects that can be entered into local science fair, eCybermission and other science project competitions. The conference sessions were presented by veteran middle school research teachers, and included topics such as how to help students develop unique project ideas that they are passionate about investigating, ensuring student safety while conducting projects, and finding funding for project laboratory equipment.

© Jessica Yurinko/SSP

Fifty teachers were selected to attend via lottery — one third consisted of veteran teachers who have significant experience teaching research, one third of teachers who have some experience and one third of teachers who do not have experience yet, but would like to begin supporting students by teaching research. No more than one teacher per school were selected to attend. Seven Research Teacher Captains were selected, who served as a resource for newer teachers throughout the weekend.

Expenses for travel, lodging and meals were covered by the Society for all attendees.

This program is made possible through the generous support of DoD STEM. https://dodstem.us/

Additional support provided by Broadcom Foundation and Broadcom MASTERS.


  • Katie Gusewelle, Pinnacle View Middle School, Little Rock, AR


  • Sharon Goldwasser, Desert Sky Middle School,Tucson, AZ
  • Kayleen Molina, SS Peter and Paul Catholic School, Tucson AZ
  • Angela Molina, Laguna Elementary, Tucson AZ
  • Jackie Nichols, Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School, Tucson AZ


  • Stephanie Deininger, Norton Science and Language Academy, San Bernardino, CA
  • Patricia Huntington, Jean Farb Middle School, San Diego, CA
  • Heather Mackewicz, Stratford School-Raynor Park, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Jini Mayer, Toll Middle School, Glendale, CA
  • David Sewell, W. E. Mitchell Middle Rancho, Cordova, CA


  • Frank LaBanca, Westside Middle School Academy, Danbury, CT
  • Lynn Olins, St. Mark School, Stratford, CT

Washington, DC

  • Cheril Perez, Macfarland Middle School, Washington, DC


  • Neely Calhoun, Okaloosa STEMM Center, Valapraiso, FL
  • Lisa Leitten, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, Fort Myers, FL
  • Danielle Thomas, Lauderhill 6-12, Lauderhill, FL


  • Karen Koenig, Riverbend Middle School, Iowa Falls, IA
  • Amanda Schiller, Van Buren County Community Schools, Keosauqua, IA


  • Eulette Denise, Arrington-Harris Ogden International School of Chicago - Jenner Campus, Chicago, IL


  • Shelly Kennedy, DeKalb Middle School, Waterloo, IN
  • Laura O'Shaughnessey, Lafayette Christian School, Lafayette, IN


  • Dineke Lasater, Lafayette Christian Academy, Lafayette, LA


  • Laurel Christoferson, Hampshire Regional High School, Westhampton, MA
  • Julie St. Francis, Dudley Middle School, Dudley, MA


  • Roseann Brady, Robert Clemente Middle School, Germantown, MD
  • Kim Huey, Perryville Middle School, Perryville, MD
  • Laura Pykosh, Robert Frost Middle School, Rockville, MD


  • David Feeley, DeSmet School, Missoula, MT

New Jersey

  • Cristina Bontia, Transfiguration Academy, Bergenfield, NJ

New Mexico

  • Turtle Haste, Desert Ridge Middle School, Albuquerque, NM
  • Carolin Scott-Tracey, Mescalero Apache School, Mescalero, NM

New York

  • Allison Jacobs, Heim Middle School, Williamsville, NY
  • Marie Schuh, Enterprise Charter School, Buffalo, NY


  • Mary Beth Walters, Saint Helen School, Dayton, OH


  • Cheyenne Branscum, Shawnee Middle School, Shawnee, OK


  • David Piemme, Winchester Thurston School Pittsburgh PA
  • Holly Wagner, George Sharswood Elementary Philadelphia PA

Puerto Rico

  • Jessenia Rosario, Colegio Sonifel Fajardo PR

South Carolina

  • Charline Goodwin, Dutch Fork Middle School Irmo SC
  • Amy Whittingham, Chapin Intermediate School Chapin SC
  • Warren Wise, Kelly Mill Middle Blythewood SC


  • Nana Baffour, David Crockett Middle School Richmond TX
  • Carolyn Baker, Sunnyvale Middle School Sunnyvale TX
  • Mary Ann Cowley, Otto Middle School Plano TX
  • Angela Groves-Price, McLean Middle School Fort Worth TX


  • Melissa Cartwright, Helper Middle School Helper UT


  • Katie Cyphert, Linkhorne Middle School, Lynchburg, VA
  • Cassandra Koch, Ethel M. Gildersleeve Middle, Newport News, VA
  • Marivic Mitchell, George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico, VA


  • Aimee Kovis, Christ the King, Richland, WA
  • Amanda Silber, Eatonville Middle School, Eatonville, WA


  • Lalitha Murali, Glen Hills Middle School, Glendale, WI