Dr. Carolyn Hayes

former President -NSTA @ Lifetime STEM Leadership Award

Dr. Carolyn Hayes has lead an illustrious career as a STEM educator, from her days in the classroom where she was engaging and encouraging students to dig deeper and look for answers to their questions and curiosities, to her inspiring role as President of the largest organization for science teachers worldwide, NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) — Dr. Hayes has always put students and teachers first. Creating an environment that challenges participants to push for sense-making and understanding are always at the core of her inspiring leadership. Years later she continues those efforts; whether it’s when providing professional learning opportunities for science and STEM teachers, working as Executive Director for the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. (HASTI), or through the on-going (and both delightfully lively and current) facilitation of the monthly #NSTAchat science and STEM education Twitter chats, Dr. Hayes is always in motion and always finding ways to encourage those around her to keep science and STEM teaching and learning real, relevant, and exciting!