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The Illinois Science Teaching Association (ISTA) promotes excellence in science teaching and learning throughout Illinois. 

ISTA connects educators, supervisors, pre-service teachers, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, informal education institutions, and others involved in science education through a professional association committed to science teaching and learning. As the state chapter of the National Science Teaching Association, ISTA promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all students of Illinois.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, ISTA is managed primarily by dedicated volunteers and supported by members and donors.  

ISTA Governance Structure

The Illinois Science Teaching Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of five (5) Executive Officers and fourteen (14) Regional Directors.  The ISTA Board of Directors are elected by ISTA members.  The Board of Directors sets policy and makes decisions on behalf of the membership by providing general oversight regarding the affairs of the ISTA, its committees, affiliates and publications; determining its policies or changes therein; actively pursuing ISTA goals and objectives; and monitoring financial affairs. 

ISTA Executive Officers

The Illinois Science Teaching Association Executive Officers perform specific duties and serve as chairpersons on ISTA Standing Committees.  The President chain shall be a six-year commitment and shall automatically progress based on the following terms: President-Elect (2 years), President (2 years) and Immediate Past President (2 years), each with a two-year term limit.  The Vice President and Secretary serve a two-year term as well. 

President: Kristin Rademaker

President-Elect: Nicole Vick

Past President: Aimee Park

Vice President: Heather Galbreath

Secretary: Cheryl Knight

ISTA Regions & Regional Directors

The Illinois Science Teaching Association Regional Directors represent the seven educational regions of Illinois.   The regions are a grouping of Illinois counties.   ISTA members working within each region elect two (2) Regional Directors.  ISTA Regional Directors serve staggered two-year terms to ensure continuity.  

Region 1:

Region 2:

Region 3:

Region 4:

Region 5:

Region 6:

Region 7:

Regional Directors:

Patricia Boguslaw, 2019 - 2021

Maria Hull, 2021 - 2022


DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Suburban Cook, Will  

Regional Directors:

Jennifer Heilman, 2020 - 2021

Aubrey Mikos, 2021 - 2022


Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

Regional Directors:

Don Powers, 2020 - 2021

Michelle Monk, 2021 - 2022


Adams, Brown, Cass, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Mercer, Menard, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Tazewell, Warren,  Woodford

Regional Directors:

MacKenzie Kelley, 2020 - 2021

Deanna Keeney, 2021 - 2022


Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, Vermillion

Regional Directors:

Erica Hicks 2020 - 2021

Brandy Hildebrand, 2021 - 2022


Calhoun, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair

Regional Directors:

Cindy Birkner, 2020 - 2021

Amy Telford, 2021 - 2022


Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson

Regional Directors:

Misty Richmond, 2020 - 2021

Janelle Scharon, 2021 - 2022


City of Chicago

ISTA Staff

The Illinois Science Teaching Association has three (3) part-time staff members

Executive Director: Bridina Lemmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Executive Director: Ken Wester, Ed.S.

Finance Director: Bob Wolffe, Ed.D.

Meet the ISTA Board of Directors and Staff

Governance and Guidance Documents

About us

We are a membership-based organization dedicated to promoting excellence in science teaching and learning throughout Illinois.   As the state chapter of the NSTA, the Illinois Science Teaching Association (ISTA) serves as a local resource for science educators in Illinois.

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