Honors and Awards
Cheryl Nelson and Wendy Goldfein
bring a total of 55 years of teaching experience in Kindergarten through seventh grade.
Wendy achieved her National Board Certification Degree and is the recipient of the Virginia State Elementary Science Teacher of Year and the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has written curriculum for numerous publications and organizations including the Discovery Channel’s and the Smithsonian’s educational programs. Cheryl received the Fairfax County School District Leadership Award.
We have received numerous grants for our engineering and science programs, have been published in NSTA’s Science and Children Journal, and have presented at conferences and schools around the United States and Mexico, including the virtual Elementary STEM CON 20 and Elementary STEM CON and Beyond conferences.
We have over 200 STEM activities and lessons available for schools on the Teachers Pay Teachers website, and regularly share ideas and resources on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
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Our Educational History
Wendy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound, her
Master of Education degree from Eastern Washington University and completed additional studies in the doctoral science education program at George Mason University. Special studies were competed with the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement.
Cheryl received her undergraduate degree from York College and completed graduate studies at the University of Virginia.
We have been trained with the Sea Perch Underwater Robot Program, First Lego League Robotics Program, Engineering is Elementary, the Teacher Institute at the United States Naval Surface Warfare Center, and the STEM Initiative at Goddard Space Institute.