The council is a key advisory body for the largest organization of science teachers worldwide.
Florentia Spires, a STEM education Ph.D. student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was elected to the council for the National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.
Spires, who is from Washington, D.C., will represent NSTA's District III for three years. The district includes Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Composed of one director from each of NSTA's 18 geographic districts, the council serves as the advisory body to the NSTA Board of Directors. Council members also serve as the primary liaison between their district and NSTA on issues of importance to science and improvement of science education at all levels.
The Arlington, Va.-based NSTA has a membership that includes about 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives and others involved in science education.