Mike Marvel, PhD leads the science team at Flinn Scientific, including the development of laboratory manuals, online courseware and professional development programs; and the presentation of workshops at national and regional science education conferences. Prior to joining Flinn, Mike spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Aurora University, where he taught Inorganic and General Chemistry and led an undergraduate research program funded by American Chemical Society Undergraduate Young Investigator and National Science Foundation Transforming Education in Undergraduate Education awards.
In addition, Mike was co-leader of a team that developed a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership graduate program of study, started with funding from the Illinois Math and Science Partnership grant program. Mike has authored or co-authored thirteen manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, on topics ranging from unique pedagogies in the science lab to the commercial applications of solid state metal oxides. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Connecticut College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry from Northwestern University.
Matt Anderson earned his BS in biology from Northern Illinois University and is completing his MA in biology at Miami University in the fall. Before joining Flinn he taught high school science for 9 years. During that time he taught several levels of Environmental Science, Biology, and Chemistry including AP®.
He regularly works in prairie conservation and recently spent time in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest participating in golden lion tamarin research, habitat restoration, and wildlife corridor construction.
Joan Berry graduated with a Master’s in Chemistry from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Millikin University. She developed a passion for teaching chemistry by mentoring students in the research and teaching laboratories at Illinois State University. Her tenure at Flinn has resulted in numerous new chemistry products, ranging from general to advance chemistry levels. Numerous workshops at conventions nationwide shed light to her commitment to sharing chemistry education knowledge with teachers.
Alan Downward, PhD is a member of the chemistry team at Flinn Scientific, developing new laboratory experiments, online content, and presenting workshops at national and regional science education conferences. Prior to joining Flinn, Alan was an adjunct faculty member teaching general and organic chemistry at multiple colleges. Alan holds a Bachelor of Science, with first class honors, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. After completing his PhD Alan worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Alan has authored or co-authored six manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and was awarded the Don Stranks Award in 2010 for his research into photo-activated cytotoxins.
Annemarie Duncan earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Science while earning high recognition in both the Education and Army ROTC programs at Southern Illinois University. Later, Annemarie earned a 4.0 Masters in Biological and Environmental Science Education from SIU-C. Annemarie has taught science at the pre-K-8th grade level and, more recently, a variety of Biology classes including Environmental Biology, Microbiology, Nutrition and Principles of Biology at the college level.
Prior to joining Flinn, Megan Leifker spent three years as Laboratory Coordinator and General Chemistry Instructor at Northern Illinois University. Megan has authored and co-authored several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and received the cover art for her paper in Protein Science. Her graduate work also yielded a provisional patent on a biophysical engineering technique she developed with her advisor. Megan holds a BS in Chemistry from WIU and a MS and PhD in Biochemistry from NIU.
Jillian Saddler studied Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and minored in Math and Secondary Education. Prior to joining Flinn Scientific, Jillian taught high school Chemistry, AP® Chemistry, and Physical Science. During her college years, she was also a Chemistry teaching assistant for UIUC. Jillian has presented multiple workshops at state and national conferences. She enjoys working with teachers and the great outdoors.
Lee Ferguson is the lead AP® Biology teacher at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. In her nineteen years of teaching, Lee has taught all levels of biology including Pre-AP®, AP®, IB and a sheltered biology course for ELL students. She has served as an AP® Reader for College Board since 2006, and is the founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth AP® Biology Professional Learning Community, which provides teacher-led collaboration and professional development for its members. Lee was named the Texas Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year in 2010 by the National Association of Biology Teachers and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers. Lee also served on the committee of educators that revised the Texas curriculum standards for biology, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in 2009.
Matt Guerrieri currently teaches AP® Physics 1 and 2 at Oswego East High School where he enjoys helping students learn about the world around them. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at Mizzou, Matt was an intern with the Missouri Department of Conservation and also worked in the Tomorrow's Outstanding Physics Teacher's program.
Anthony Holub is an AP® Physics 1 and Project Lead the Way engineering teacher at Oswego East High School in the western suburbs of Chicago. Anthony has taught AP® Physics 1 since its inception and enjoys sharing with students the commonalities between the world of physics and engineering. Further, he strives to make AP® Physics an immersive experience where students use frequent physics labs to develop deep conceptual connections for fundamental physics concepts, including: motion, forces, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, rotational motion, mechanical waves, and electrostatics/DC circuits. Anthony has 20 of experience in education at the junior high and high school level in Illinois. He received a BA in Math and Physics from North Central College and a MA.Ed from Governors State University.
Michael Pennisi is a physics teacher at Schaumburg High School. For over 25 years, he has taught one or more of the following courses: AP® Physics B, C(M), C(E&M), 1, and 2. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics from UIUC and a master’s degree in Secondary School Physics Education from EIU. Mike is a long-time advocate of integrating technology in the classroom and has won several awards for classroom projects in addition to participating in several technology pilots with various academic organizations.
Helen Snodgrass is an AP® Biology teacher at YES Prep North Forest in Houston, Texas. She also serves as the Science Director for YES Prep. As a teacher of introductory biology and AP® Biology, she also develops AP® Biology curriculum materials for YES Prep and for Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) BioInteractive. She was named the Outstanding New Biology Teacher of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Biology Teachers and is currently a Senior Fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Helen also spends her time developing curriculum for new science teachers at Relay Graduate School of Education in New York and has participated in the National Association of Biology Teachers and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BCBS) AP® Biology Leadership Academy.
Kathy Van Hoeck is a science teacher at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. In her twenty-two years of teaching, Kathy has taught honors biology, AP® Biology, genetics, college-level sciences and vocational education. She developed curriculum for Advanced Placement® Biology, Genetics/Biotechnology/Bioethics and Medical Careers and two of her lab manuals are published by Flinn Scientific. Kathy is an AP® Reader and table leader for College Board, and an Ambassador for the BioInteractive program at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was named the Illinois Biology Teacher of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Biology Teachers and is currently a regional director for the Illinois Science Teachers Association.
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