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John served as a faculty member at the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford, NJ for over 28 years. He developed the Geospatial Technologies Program, a Career Major, Workforce Development program, for high school students pursuing careers in STEM related fields. John began his career at BCIT designing and teaching the Environmental Studies Program with a particular focus on the use of real time data, satellite imagery, computer visualizations and other remote sensing data sets. Currently, John serves as the Council’s Executive Director and the Director of Geosciences and STEM Education at Palmyra Cove Environmental Discovery Center. His work has focused on two primary programs: the Institute for Earth Observations and establishment of the GeoSTEM Master Teacher Corps.
John has pioneered programs and lectured around the world on incorporating remote sensing and use of real time data in the pre-college classroom. Whenever possible, he brought his students with him to present and discuss their work.
John holds undergraduate degrees in Urban Planning and Environmental Science from Stockton State College in NJ, a Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation and Education from Rowan University in NJ, and has completed requirements at Temple University in the pursuit of an Ed.D. in Science Education.
Leadership in STEM Ed
Director for Geosciences and STEM Education Palmyra Cove Environmental Discovery Center
NJ State Coordinator – Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
NJ GLOBE Program Partner Director
Board of Directors National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)
GeoSTEM Master Teacher Corp, Director of the Institute for Earth Observations
NJ Math and Science Coalition Member of the Board of Governors
Local Implementation Team Leader for the AMS DataStreme Online graduate pre-college teacher courses.
Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Emeritus
American Meteorological Society Board Member for Outreach and Pre-College Education, and Education Resource Agent
NJ Partner Director and Scientific Protocol Trainer The GLOBE Program
AMS Maury Project Peer Trainer, a teacher enhancement program hosted by the US Naval Academy
Awards and Recognition
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
NJ Conservation Teacher of the Year
NJ Environmental Educator of the Year by the NJ Audubon Society
NJ AgriScience Teacher of the Year – NJ FFA
NJ Wall-Mart/Phi Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year
National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ “Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year” in NJ and Eastern Section Outstanding Earth Science Teacher