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Linda Lee Smith
 
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Linda Smith has been a public school teacher since 1984 and was the Elementary Science Resource Specialist for the Paulsboro, NJ Public School District from 1997 - 2013. While there, she saw about 800 students bi-weekly for science enrichment, splitting her time between the Billingsport Early Childhood Center, which includes students from Pre-K through 2nd grade, and the Loudenslager Elementary School where students range from 3rd through 6th grade.
   
In addition to her BA from Rowan University in Elementary Education, Linda has a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate of Graduate Studies from Rowan University both in Integrated Science Education.
   
She serves the Science Education Community as Past President and current Newsletter Editor for the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA) and District 2 Chair of the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (APAST). She has also served on the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Preschool/Elementary Committee as well as serving as a reviewer for Science and Children Magazine.
   
In 2004 NASA's Education Public Outreach (EPO) program hired Linda as an Astrophysics Educator Ambassador. She has traveled around the country presenting workshops on high-energy physics programs such as GALEX and Fermi. Her passion is presenting this material in a way that elementary school students can understand. Linda has presented workshops on Science Pedagogy at every National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference since 1999. She also presents at NSTA Regional Conferences as well as at the New Jersey Education Association Convention (NJEA) and NJSTA State Conferences.
   
Linda has received many award for her efforts among them are:
· PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching National Award 2000
· PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching) State Finalist Award 1999
· One of 5 finalists for NJ Teacher of the Year 2000
· Gloucester County, NJ Teacher of the Year 2000
· Paulsboro Public Schools District Teacher of the Year Award 2000
· Paulsboro Public Schools District Teacher of the Year Award 2004
· Billingsport Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award 2000
· NASA NEWMAST Honors Teachers Award 1995
· NJSTA Fellow Award 2010
· NJ BISEC (Business Industry Science Engineering Consortium) Exemplary Service Award 1999
· DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) Outstanding Facilitator Award 1999
· CES-NJ (Council of Elementary Science) Audrey Brainard Make a Difference Award 2003
 
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