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I have 28 years of experience teaching multiple sciences at the secondary level, and I am the Science Department Chairman for Carlisle ISD. I regularly present workshops and training sessions to other teachers across Texas and the United States. I enjoy photography, playing musical instruments, racing triathlons, working with renewable energy sources, and spending time with my family.

The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler Texas
M.S., Technology (Industrial Safety)
B.S., Biology

Licenses and Certifications: Texas Teacher Certificate
Secondary Biology (Grades 6-12)
Secondary Science Composite (Grades 6-12)
Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12)

Honors, Awards, and Special Accomplishments: 

Master Teacher US dept. of energy NREL (2009) 

Moderator at National Middle School Science Bowl (2006 and 2007)

Department of Energy Teacher Research Associate
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2005) (2006)(2007) 

Member of NEAT (Network of educator astronaut teachers) (2004) 

Texas Scholar Secondary Teacher of the year (2001 and 2002) 

Tandy Technology Scholars Outstanding Teacher (1997 & 1998) 

Department of Energy Teacher Research Associate  Los Alamos (1993)


2020 Carole Perry Educator of the Year, SEEC Crew, Licensed Amateur Radio Technician KM4CZN callsign, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Education Committee, ARISS Radio Kit Principal Author, Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) Ambassador, CASIS Teacher Advisory Group, User Advisory Committee (UAC) for the ISS National Lab, and Student Pilot for small aircraft.

Laura Tomlin teaches 6th grade science at Salado Junior High in Salado, Texas. She has a B.S. from Texas Tech University and an M.S. from North Carolina State University. It is her goal to enhance the STEM program at Salado ISD through space education.  In 2018 Laura worked with math teacher Colleen Gilchrest on a "Year in Space" curriculum for students at Salado Intermediate School, highlighted by an ARISS contact with Astronaut Scott Tingle. Laura organizes a fall STEM Day and spring Science and Engineering Fair at Salado Junior High each year. She has participated in NASA's Network of States (2017) as well as LiftOff Summer Institute (2018) and LiftOff Alumni (2019).

Curtis is the regional science specialist for Guy Fenter (Western Arkansas) Educational Service cooperative.  As such, he provides professional development and classroom assistance to over 1,000 teachers in 22 school districts.  Dr. Varnell taught physical science, biology, and chemistry for more than twenty years at Paris High School, Paris, Arkansas before obtaining his doctorate in environmental dynamics at the University of Arkansas.  An author of seven books and numerous articles on science education, Curtis is the father of three sons, two of whom are teachers, and two step-children.  Curtis spends much of his time writing and presenting real world, hands-on lessons to teachers and students across the United States. 


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