Jo Anne Vasquez, Ph.D.
VP and Program Director Arizona Transition Years Teacher and Curriculum STEM Initiatives, Helios Education Foundation
Dr. Vasquez has been a classroom teacher, district science specialist for Mesa Public Schools, adjunct professor of science education at Arizona State University, and director of professional development and outreach for ASU’s Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (CRESMET). She joined the Helios Education Foundation in 2008. A graduate of Northern Arizona University and Jo Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Master’s in Early Childhood Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.
A recognized leader in science education, Dr. Vasquez is the Past President of the National Science Teachers Association, and the National Science Education Leadership Association, she was a Presidential Appointee to the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation, becoming the first and only K-12 educator to ever hold a seat on this prestigious board. Her distinguished service and extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education at the local, state and national levels has won her numerous awards including the NSTA highest award, the 2006 “Robert H. Carlton Award” for Leadership in Science Education. She has also received, the “Distinguished Service to Science Education Award” the “Search for Excellence in Elementary Science Education and Supervision Award” the 2007 New York Academy of Science’s “Willard Jacobson Award” for major contribution to the field of science education and was the 2004 NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) honoree for her contributions to improving education. She was named Arizona’s Outstanding Educator and the National Environmental Association’s Teacher of the Year, and was awarded the Northern Arizona University’s Centennial Year of Science “Distinguished Alumni Award” and in 2008 inducted into the College of Arts and Science Alumni Hall of Fame.