Susan L. Williams, MS, MA, MA, has recently retired from Arlington, Texas Independent School District after teaching middle school for 22 years. She has been a life-long learner and enjoys sharing what she has learned with students and teachers. Teaching science in an interactive hands-on experience with an inquiry approach has been her focus. She has taken many courses through NASA to learn about the space program, including the Middle School Aerospace Scholars program, Stardust educators from the inception of the program in 1996 and many trips to Houston to learn from NASA specialists about various programs. With her interest in science, Susan found various summer opportunities to travel to other countries to learn about their teaching methods as well as participating in classes. She founded a Texas team that went to Tufts Wright Center for Science for classes held in the summer at Glacier National Park, the state of Maine and the Bahamas. She also participated in teacher partnerships with NOAA by becoming a Teacher at Sea. Through work with the JASON project for eleven years, she helped develop the online educator program with message boards, training of teachers and trainers and teaching of her students. Susan loves to read and travel. She has been to five continents and her goal is to travel to the Antarctic and Australia to make a complete set. She has walked the Great Wall and climbed to Machu Picchu, as well as exploring the volcanic geysers of Iceland. She is married with three adult daughters and three adorable grandchildren. She has lived on each coast and in Minnesota and Texas.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!), but "That's funny..."
- Isaac Asimov