NGSNavigators is part of the Margaret O'Sullivan STEM Foundation, a nonprofit formed in late 2020 to continue the work and legacy of Margaret O'Sullivan.
NGS Navigators was founded by Margaret O’Sullivan in 2018. Her passion for teaching science led her to develop a professional development program that is efficient, effective, and engaging for K-12 science educators. She soon became an active voice in the NGSS community and began a widely popular podcast and designing a course to help guide teachers in their journey to create their own effective NGSS lessons and units.
Margaret passed away in March 2020 following a courageous battle with cancer. The outpouring of love and support we saw from science educators following her tragic passing confirmed to us the immense impact that her work had on this community.
Inspired by her legacy, we are continuing the work that Margaret started. We have reorganized NGSNavigators into a nonprofit in order to maximize our commitment to providing content and programs that best serve this amazing community.
Jen Gutierrez is a K-12 STEM Education Specialist and a proud member of the Next Generation Science Standards writing team, including the Diversity & Equity team.
Todd Campbell is a former high school and middle school science teacher. He is currently the department head of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Connecticut and a professor of science education.
Wanda F. Bryant is a recently retired Detroit Public Schools Community District middle school science teacher, having served for 20 years. During her work with students in Detroit Public Schools Community District, she witnessed the transformative power of implementing The Next Generation Science Standards through culturally relevant and social justice lenses.
Tamashi Hettiarachchi is a graduate student in the Integrated Bachelors/Masters program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing her teaching licensure in Chemistry and recently completed her student teaching experience. At UConn, she will be serving as the President of Leadership in Diversity, a student organization focused on supporting pre-service teachers from historically minoritized backgrounds. She has led teacher professional development and has published her curriculum work in a national refereed journal for science teachers. Outside of school,Tamashi enjoys hiking, reading, wearing turtleneck sweaters and eating pomegranate. Tamashi is passionate about centering the perspectives and experiences of her students, and hopes to help students recognize the intersection between science and society. With this, Tamashi plans on fostering a classroom space where the multiple identities of her students are not only tolerated but rather, affirmed.
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