Election of Regional Directors
WSST District #1 - Kevin Mason
The vision of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) is to “carry out its mission of promoting, supporting, and improving science education in the state of Wisconsin by providing leadership, advocacy and programs to enhance the teaching and learning of science.” As a member of WSST, it is my vision to continually engage in my own professional development, support teachers in their professional development, and contribute to the development of a
scientifically literate society through effective teaching and learning strategies. I have worked to achieve this vision by working collaboratively with colleagues, serving on committees, attending and presenting at conferences, participating on grant-funded professional development projects, publishing books and journal articles, teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and serving as the program director of the B.S. in Science Education program at UW-Stout. As I strive to help others better understand teaching and learning, my own teaching always improves. I am thankful to have so many hard-working colleagues and collaborators in the state of Wisconsin that challenge and encourage me to be more effective in my role as a teacher and teacher educator.
Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2009)
Master of Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2001)
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1996)
Professor of Science Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI (2006-present)
Chemistry Instructor, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Rice Lake, WI (2006-2011)
Student Teacher Supervisor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (2003-2004)
Chemistry and Physics Teacher, Middleton High School, Middleton, WI (2001-2003)
Chemistry and Physics Teacher, Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, WI (1997-2001)
Present Teaching Assignment or employment:
Professor of Science Education
Program Director of B.S. in Science Education
Assessment Coordinator in the School of Education
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Mason, K., Stanislawski, D., & Whitaker, D. (2018). Developing embedded
signature assessments for continuous improvement and accountability in teacher
education. The Teacher Educator.
Mason, K. (2017). Advancing science learning through interactive science notebooks. National
Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
Mason, K. & Bohl, H. (2017). More than data: Using interactive science notebooks to
engage students in science and engineering. Science and Children.
Mason, K. & Evans, B. (2017). Designing a model for cell transport. The Science
Mason, K. & McAlister, B. (2017). Advancing science learning: Teaching life
science through engineering. Children’s Technology and Engineering.
Professional Organizations :
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA)
Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST)
WSST Higher Education Committee
Chippewa Strikers Soccer Coach
Cardinal Hoops Basketball Coach
WSST District #4 - Julie Lundeen
My goal in the WSST is to help network science teachers with the vast resources the WSST has to offer. Being from a small, rural school district, I understand the importance of collaboration between teachers, especially across districts. In many small Wisconsin districts, there are only one or two science teachers from which to gain ideas and learn fresh, new approaches to content. The WSST is a valuable resource in continuing to grow and develop as professionals, especially for those whose resources are limited because of rural populations. I aim to help continue to foster networking through the WSST, especially for teachers with limited collaboration opportunities.
Not only do I teach in a small, rural school district, I also grew up in that district. I was raised on a dairy farm near Cashton, WI and continue to live on that farm with my family. I went to college at UW LaCrosse. In 2002, I graduated from from UWL with my undergrad degree and in 2005 I graduated with my Masters degree. I taught in both Tomah and Sparta high schools and loved both districts, but I my husband and I decided small town life was for us. So, that's how I ended up back in my hometown. We have three children, twin girls and our “baby” boy, plus lots of farm animals and pets!
Present Teaching Assignment or employment: Cashton High School, grades 9-12
Professional Activities: (limit to 5)
Teaching grades 9-12 science- chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science Forensics Coach
Roots & Shoot Science Club Advisor
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Advisor
Travel Club co-advisor
Interests: In my free time, I love being outside- going for walks with our family around the farm, camping, canoeing, fishing, bike rides, swimming. I also love to read- I’m into historical fiction books lately. I enjoy playing the piano, especially at Christmas time, baking and doing an occasional craft project. I also love travel and am excited when I can share my love of international travel with my students.