Illinois Science Teaching Association
The Illinois Science Teaching Association (ISTA) promotes excellence in science teaching and learning throughout Illinois. ISTA's connects science educators, science supervisors, science 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.
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.
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: Aimee Park, 2018-2020
President-Elect: Kristin Rademacher, 2020-2022
Past President: Dr. Jason Crean, 2016-2018
Vice President: Nicole Vick, 2019-2020
Secretary: Cheryl Knight, 2019-2020
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.
DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Suburban Cook, Will
Michelle Koehler, 2019-2020 & Patricia Boguslaw, 2019-2021
Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago
Jennifer Heilman, 2019-2021
Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Mercer, Peoria, Schuyler, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford
Heather Galbreath, 2019-2020 & Don Powers, 2019-2021
Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, Vermillion
Jennifer Smith, 2019-2020 & Chris Sewell, 2019-2021
Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair
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
Amy Boyd-Telford, 2019-2020 & Cindy Birkner, 2019-2021
City of Chicago
The Illinois Science Teaching Association has three (3) part-time staff members who serve as non-voting, ex-officio members of the ISTA Board of Directors.
Executive Director: Bridina Lemmer, Ph.D.
Assistant Executive Director: Ken Wester, Ed.S.
Finance Director: Bob Wolffe, Ed.D.