2020 Featured Presenters
Meet your 2020 MASL Spring Conference Featured Presenters:
Mindy Botkin – Orchard Farm School District
Bio: Mindy Botkin has been working for the Orchard Farm School District for 24 years. She began as a science teacher and then switched to the high school library seventeen years ago. At the district level, Mindy serves as the library content leader, a representative on the District Technology Committee, and Project Manager for the Future Ready Initiative. She is the Vice President of the Greater St Louis Librarians Association and received the METC Library Media Specialist Award in 2018. Her passion for libraries is centered around meeting the needs and interests of all students to best prepare them for future endeavors.
Patrick Brown – Fort Zumwalt School District
Bio: Dr. Patrick L. Brown is the executive director of STEM and career education for the Fort Zumwalt School District in St. Charles, Missouri. Before arriving at Fort Zumwalt, he received a PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Dr. Brown has a range of K–12 and postsecondary teaching experience. He has taught elementary, middle level, and high school lessons. In addition, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses for prospective elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Dr. Brown has won various awards for his science methods course teaching.
Dr. Brown makes frequent presentations at international, regional, and state conferences and is known for his scholarship on instructional sequences to teach science. His science teaching ideas have appeared in Science and Children, Science Scope, The Science Teacher, and Science Activities. His research in science education has been published in Science Education, the Journal of Science Teacher Education, and the International Journal of Science Education.
Erin Townsend – Nevada R-5 School District
Bio: Erin Townsend is the Secondary Instructional and Mentoring Coach in the Nevada R-5 School District. She transitioned to this role a year ago after spending 11 years in the classroom teaching 7th-9th grade Social Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Middle School Education, a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership both from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She’s had some wonderful opportunities to travel and learn through Teach American History Grants, Gilder-Lehrman, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mount Vernon Teacher Institute, the Korean War Digital Legacy Foundation, and the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. She loves to talk about instruction, collaboration, history, and travel and can’t wait to spend the day with her favorite people, educators!
Look for information regarding each of these presenters three workshops coming soon!