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William Badders

William Badders
  • Author of Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks
  • Consultant teacher in the Cleveland public school system
  • District Director for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Regions VI and X
  • Member of the NSTA committee on Pre-School and Elementary Science Teaching, 1998-2000
  • Member of the National Science Education Standards Leadership Cadre, since 1997
  • 1992 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
  • Member of the National Committee for Science Education Standards and Assessment, a working group on science assessment standards for the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, 1992-1995


Dr. Lowell J. Bethel

Dr. Lowell J. Bethel
  • Author of Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks
  • Professor in the Science Education Center at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Consultant of elementary science education in many school systems, service centers, and educational research laboratories for more than 20 years
  • Program Director of Elementary/Secondary Informal Education/Teacher Enhancement Division of the National Science Foundation
  • Recipient of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Award
  • District Director for NSTA Region IX
  • Member of many committees for the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • Teacher of mathematics and science courses, including biology, chemistry, and physical science at both the elementary and secondary levels in the Philadelphia public schools


Dr. Victoria Fu

Dr. Victoria Fu
  • Author of Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks
  • Professor of Child Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA
  • Member of the Steering Committee for revising the guidelines on developmentally appropriate practice for the National Association for the Education of Young People (NAEYC)
  • Advisor and consultant to school boards, state and federal agencies, colleges and universities, law firms, businesses, and community organizations for more than 30 years
  • Published author of more than 30 journal articles, textbook chapters, and book reviews


Donald Peck

Donald Peck
  • Author of Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks
  • Presenter of more than 500 hands-on elementary school science workshops in the United States, Puerto Rico, and South Korea
  • Presenter for the National Science Teachers Association, the National Catholic Educators Association, and the New Jersey Science Teachers Association
  • Director of the Center for Elementary Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey for nine years
  • Science Supervisor of the Woodbridge Township school district and Director of Science for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood public schools in New Jersey for 23 years


Dr. Carolyn T. Sumners

Dr. Carolyn T. Sumners
  • Author of Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks
  • Director of Astronomy and Physics at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Directed the design and development of the nation's first Challenger Spaceflight Simulator
  • Principal investigator of the Science Connection, an elementary science education curriculum project developed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and funded by the National Science Education Foundation
  • Author of laboratory manuals, a curriculum guide in astronomy and solar energy, astronomy training manuals, and computer software
  • Recipient of the award for Long Dedicated Service to the Profession from the Clear Lake Council of Technical Societies, 1994
  • Recognized as an Outstanding Houston Woman in Science by the YWCA and the Federation of Business Women


Catherine Valentino

Catherine Valentino
  • Author of Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks
  • Designer of Voyager Expanded Learning in Dallas, Texas, an after-school program of learning adventures for students in Grades K-8
  • Keynote speaker and teacher trainer in 50 states and 30 foreign countries on such topics as elementary science, math, and language arts; early childhood education; and gifted education
  • Specialist in critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, integrating content across the curriculum, and creative strategies for motivating students of all ability levels
  • Author and coauthor of more than 26 books and related teaching materials, including Houghton Mifflin Science DiscoveryWorks
  • Author and designer of The Invention Convention, an international problem-solving event for elementary school children


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