Bruce Wellman
Olathe Northwest High School
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BRUCE WELLMAN is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT, Chemistry) who teaches Engineering Chemistry and Robotics as part of the Aerospace & Engineering Program at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, KS.   Wellman completed his B.S. degree in general science (focus in chemistry) at Penn State University and his M.S. in Education at the University of Rochester (NY).  He has taught overseas as an English teacher in French speaking Africa as well as a chemistry/AP Chemistry teacher in the United States in rural, urban, and suburban settings.   He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2009 and served as a Teacher Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education during the 2011-12 academic year.  Wellman has organized and lead small and large scale professional development for STEM teachers and has been active in bridging the gap between STEM Education research and classroom practices.  He has provided workshops throughout the country on how to teach using a student-centered approach called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and was a contributing author for a published collection of high school chemistry POGIL classroom activities (POGIL Activities for High School Chemistry. Flinn Scientific, 2012). He has served on two NSF review panels as well as co-authoring three different NSF proposals submitted to NSF for potential projects to improve STEM teaching practices and student learning.   Wellman has also been involved with teacher preparation programs through serving as a mentor teacher for chemistry student-teachers as well as teaching the Science Teaching Methods class for secondary pre-service teachers at Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO).  Wellman is involved with pre-college engineering education at the national level and currently serves as a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Board of Directors’ Committee on P-12 Engineering Education.  Wellman has also served on the executive board of the Pre-college Engineering Education Division of ASEE.   At the state level, Wellman has been involved with science standards development and teacher training through serving as the lead engineering standards reviewer for the Kansas’ Lead State Review Team for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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