AFT Science Cadre

Meet the AFT Science Cadre

The AFT Science Cadre began its voyage in 2011 with the mission of bringing teacher voice to the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The crew selected to carryout this mission came highly recommended by their local and/or state federation president for their leadership and expertise in teaching science across all grade levels and disciplines.

Once this mission was accomplished, the cadre was charged with elevating the importance of science education for ALL students and creating professional learning opportunities and resources for teachers. They have presented at the AFT’s bi-annual TEACH Conference, designed science-related brochures and model lessons exemplifying 3-dimensional learning outlined in the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas.

We hope that you find the resources useful!

(For more information about the AFT’s work around science education and STEM policy recommendations, contact Melanie Hobbs ([email protected]) in the educational issues department.)

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AFT Science Cadre Team Members

You can learn more about each team member by clicking here.


Elementary Teachers


Sandra Cappelli (RI) Local: Westwarwick Teachers Alliance

Tammy Stegeman (IL) Local: Quincy Federation of Teachers

Maura Graham-Vecellio (CT) Local: Meriden Federation of Teachers


Julie Campbell (OH) Local: Toledo Federation of Teachers

Kelly Gibson (MN) Local: St. Paul Federation of Teachers

Linda Johnson (OH) Local: Cincinnati Federation of Teachers

Patricia Paradiso (NJ) Local: Perth Amboy Federation

Dolores Samson (OH) Local: Toledo Federation of Teachers


Matthew Hinckley (CA) Local: Berkeley Federation of Teachers

Rochelle Petre (NY) Local: Bayport Blue Point Teachers Association

High School

Mark Avery (FL) Local: Marion Education Association

John Clark (FL) Local: Volusia United Educators

Kathy Dorman (CO) Local: Douglas County Federation

Georgia Everett: (IN) Local: AFT Indiana

Wynell Gilbert (AL) Local: Jefferson County AFT

Lauren Levites (IL) Local: Chicago Teachers Union

Denise Pfeiffer: (OH) Local: Cincinnati Federation of Teachers

Wendy Tate (FL) Local: Volusia United Educators

Cheryl Vogler (IL) Local: Quincy Federation of Teachers

Amelia Wolfe (WV) Local: Wood County Federation of Teachers

Joseph Zuniga (NY) Local: Rochester Teachers Association


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