Patrícia Fialho Azinhaga - President
Patrícia Azinhaga (Portugal) is a geologist but for more than 10 years she has worked as a science teacher in a secondary school and worked with students from 12 to 18 years. She always develops extra-curricular projects with students because it is a different and fun way to get knowledge and understand reality. With Latitude 60 in 2007 came the opportunity to join her passion for the Polar Regions to her occupation. From here her involvement in the education of polar sciences grew and crossed borders. Meeting new people and cultures is a fascination for her as it is to discover other worlds, ways of living and looking at life with new ideas. It is a new challenge and it's exciting and makes us know ourselves. She's not stopping. She always has new projects in sight. Whether they are related to professional or personal life. Developing new skills is always stimulating to her. She's in love with snow and everything connected with it. Skiing down a mountain or observing a landscape or photo, or a campaign in the Arctic or Antarctic.
Matteo Cattadori - Vice President
Matteo Cattadori (Italy) Matteo currently works at Liceo Filzi (Rovereto, Trento, Italy). He has been struck by polar sciences in 2006 during the involvement in the Education and Outreach Program of the ANDRILL scientific research (www.andrill.org). Then he worked for MUSE (Museum of Science of Trento, Italy) for 7 years, coordinating web based projects to support earth science teachers.
Betty Trummel - Vice President
Betty Trummel (USA) Betty Trummel has just retired from a 35-year career in elementary teaching, and 10 years as an adjunct professor at the university level. Three expeditions to Antarctica have focused on education outreach, working alongside scientists at the U.S. McMurdo Station. Betty is headed back to Antarctica in December 2016, chosen as one of 78 women in science from around the world who are part of Homeward Bound, a global collaboration and an inspiring leadership and strategic initiative teamed with a science education program on climate, biological and earth system research, set aginst the backdrop of Antarctica. Betty's off to Svalbard Island in the Arctic later in July, to work with her Italian PEI colleague, Matteo Cattadori, and his high school students on an expedition called "Research and Education Svalbard Experience" (RESEt). Betty has started a business, The Science Roadshow, with the mission of continuing to teach through presentations promoting lifelong learning in science and technology.
David Martinez - Vice President
David Martinez (USA) David currently works as the School and Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas City Zoo, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, where he has worked for 7 years. He is passionate about science education and communication and enjoys sharing science with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. He also is a member of the KC Improv Company, performing regularly in Kansas City and elsewhere.
Julia Dooley - Vice President
Julia Dooley (USA) Julia Dooley is a teacher of gifted/talented elementary students in Newark, Delaware. Julia holds a BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters in Education. Previous to her teaching experience she was a teacher/naturalist with Delaware Nature Society. She was an ANDRILL Arise Educator, spending two months in Antarctica participating with two science teams investigating climate history. Julia participated in IPY Oslo and Montreal conferences as a presenter and participant in the teacher workshops. Her passions include sharing her polar experience, and blending science and art.
Alfredo Soto - Vice President