Sylvia Scoggin – Secretary & 2018 NSTA Local Coordinator
Sylvia Scoggin earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Masters’ in Business Administration from the University of Oregon, Eugene. When she came to Reno in 1992, she worked part-time in the Alternative Education program at McQueen High School, helping students recuperate math and science credits in self-guided units. This ignited her passion for teaching. After earning her teaching credential, she taught for twenty-one years at McQueen High School, teaching classes such as Biology, Science Inquiry, Physical Science, Environmental Science, and AP Physics 1. She served six years as Department Leader, mentored first year science teachers, oversaw pre-service teachers, and established the school’s first STEAM club. In 2004, she earned her National Board Certification in Science, Biology, and then proceeded to devote the next eleven years to facilitate the journey of K-12 teachers in various content areas to becoming Board Certified. After recertifying in 2014, she has focused her help on recertifying teachers. In 2008, she was chosen as the first recipient of the Outstanding High School Science Teacher by the Sandra Daugherty Foundation.
She values collaboration and has participated in numerous NSTA conferences, the STEM Coalition Summit in Las Vegas, and presented a cross-curricular approach to literacy at the NSTA conference, Reno, in October 2015 in collaboration with English teachers.
In July of 2016, she accepted the position as K-12 Science Program Coordinator for Washoe County School District. In this position, she provides support for science teachers by developing and implementing professional learning opportunities for teachers to ensure high quality science instruction for students. In broad terms, she serves as an advocate for science within the development and deployment of courses and district initiatives. As secretary of NSSTA, she hopes to assist in the growth of science education beyond the district to include the full state of Nevada.