Jo Anne Vasquez is the author of the Heinemann title Tools and Traits for Highly Effective Science Teaching, K - 8. An experienced elementary science educator who has taught primary through college level courses, she has achieved national prominence through her extraordinary contributions to science education as a keynote speaker and professional developer. She is a presidential appointee to the National Science Board, governing board of the National Science Foundation; a former president of the National Science Teachers Association; and a former president of the National Science Education Leadership Association. She has been recognized with many awards, including science education's highest award, the Robert H. Carleton Award, for her outstanding contributions to the field of science education at all levels.
Michael Comer's dedication to teaching was fostered by his early experiences at Assumption School in Peekskill NY. He carried that passion into his own professional career teaching middle school science. His work with classroom educators providing hands-on training and professional development workshops led to an invitation to work with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia on improving their science instruction. Michael is coauthor (with Jo Anne) of Developing Visual Literacy in Science K-8 (NSTA Press). Currently he is the National Marketing Manager for STEM at McGraw-Hill and is the proud father to Brett, Toby and Elyse (who also share his passion for learning).