Amy Bain, Curriculum Specialist
Amy serves as a gifted consultant in the region and coordinates the STEM Center for gifted students. Amy received National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist and was Ohio’s 2002 State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Amy has presented at the local, state, and national conferences for her work with STEM, gifted education, and blended learning. Publications include Developing Units for Virtual Learning Environments for Gifted and Talented Students and Earth Sciences: Curriculum Resources and Activities for School Librarians and Teachers (Also, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences). Amy’s education includes a BS degree in Science from Purdue University, a MS degree in Teaching from the University of Dayton, Licensure in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development, and Licensure in Gifted Education.
Meri Johnson, Science Curriculum Specialist
Meri is a science curriculum specialist for Curriculum Engineers, Inc. She is a National Board Certified science teacher and a science curriculum coach and consultant for the Ohio Department of Education' s Performance Assessment Pilot Project and the Cincinnati Enhanced Engineering Math Science (CEEMS) Project at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a member of the Ohio Department of Education's Network of Leaders. Prior to this work she was co-primary investigator for Southwest Ohio Science Institute (SOSI) and co-author of the Centering Around the Science Standards 6-8 curriculum.
Tanny McGregor, Author of Comprehension Connections:Bridges to Strategic Reading
Tanny McGregor has been teaching and learning in the Cincinnati area for over 25 years. She is a full-time consultant and a member of Heinemann Professional Development Services. Tanny is the author of "Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading", "Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literacy and Nonfiction Text", and the co-author of "Comprehension Going Forward: Where We Are and What's Next". She is currently writing a new book that focuses on concepts in the new standards that are tough to teach and tough to learn.
Nancy Wisker, Co-Author of Dinah Zike's Notebooking Central
Nancy Wisker is a former elementary and middle school teacher who most recently served as the Director of Math and Science at the Dinah Zike Academy. Currently specializing in interactive notebooking and the use of Foldables in the classroom. In 2008 she was named Distinguished Classroom Educator for Middle TN. Nancy is the co-author of 9 titles in Dinah Zike's popular Notebooking Central series. She has presented on the use of Foldables and interactive notebooks nationally and internationally.
Pat Grove, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist
As a social studies teacher in the Forest Hills School District, Patricia Grove has won several education awards including Ohio Middle Level Educator of the Year, the Hamilton County Celebrating Excellence Award and was a finalist for the Ohio American Legion Social Studies Teacher. After 35 years of teaching Social Studies in grades 4-12, Pat retired as a teacher and is now a curriculum consultant.
Belinda Clark, Assessment and Curriculum Specialist
Belinda taught Chemistry and Physics for 23 years before joining the Ohio Department of Education. During her five years at ODE, she wrote the Content Elaborations for the physical science strand of the Model Curriculum and served as content lead for Ohio’s new online assessments.
Dr. David Vernot, Curriculum Specialist
Dr. Vernot, is currently a science curriculum consultant for Butler County Educational Service Center, coach for Cincinnati Enhanced Engineering Math Science (CEEMS) at University of Cincinnati. He is also a member of the Ohio Department of Education's Network of Leaders. Dr. Vernot's areas of interest are state and national science standards implementation, integrating Common Core ELA and instructional and formative assessment strategies. Prior to his current work, Dr. Vernot was a teacher and curriculum specialist at Fairfield City Schools for thirty years. He has a B.A in Physics from Case Western Reserve University, M.Ed. in Science Education-Miami University and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Educational Technology-Miami University.
Dr. Michelle Walker-Glenn, Mathematics Consultant
Dr. Walker-Glenn began her career as a high school mathematics. She has served as a middle school and high school principal, and has taught undergraduate courses in teacher leadership at Miami University. She currently works as an educational consultant, serving approximately thirty schools in Southwest, Ohio, through her affiliation with High Schools That Work (HSTW) and Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW). In her role as a school improvement consultant, she assists schools with strategic planning, data analysis, teacher teaming, curriculum alignment, and implementation of best practices in instruction. She currently serves as a mathematics consultant for St. Bernard Elmwood Place City Schools, Wyoming City Schools and the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC)—supporting teachers in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and providing professional development. Dr. Walker-Glenn has co-authored a grant-sponsored publication, Strategies for Numeracy Across the Curriculum, and has provided professional development for teachers across the state to support the development of quantitative literacy, in mathematics and non-mathematics classrooms alike. Dr. Walker-Glenn is currently licensed in Ohio as a 7-12 mathematics teacher, a 7-12 principal and holds her Ohio superintendent's license. She is also an Executive Board Member of the Ohio Math and Science Coalition.