Supporting Teachers

We give science teachers the tools and skills to help students overcome misconceptions and misinformation about climate change, evolution, and the nature of science.

Melissa Sleeper

Science Teacher
Gifford Middle School
Vero Beach

Melissa Sleeper is a National Board-Certified Teacher who has taught in both private and public schools in Grenada, Barbados, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and the United States. She was the 2018/19 Teacher of the Year for Gifford Middle School and a district level finalist. As an active member of the National Science Teachers Association, Sleeper is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences. She has served on a number of NSTA Committees and Advisory Boards including: The Advisory Board for Science and Children; the Preschool and Elementary Science Committee; the NSTA Special Needs Advisory Board; the Aerospace Advisory Board; and the International Advisory Board. Sleeper is also on the Board of the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA) and is the Chair-elect for the Alliance of Affiliates. She was the 2017 District V Winner for the Shell Science Lab Challenge and the recipient of a 2018 Science for Society and the Public STEM Research Grant. Sleeper is also an Education Ambassador for NASA’s MAVEN program and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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