Our Staff

Kim Stilwell

Director of Nationwide Professional Development

Kim Stilwell joins us from the National Science Teachers Association where she facilitates professional development for NSTA press resources.  As a former elementary, middle school, and graduate level instructor she developed a love for science education and values the need for continued professional development. She has previously worked planning and conducting professional development workshops, events and conferences, designing instructional e-magazines, and facilitating professional development grants, as well as trainer for educational curriculum companies.  Kim has experience in planning and conducting professional development workshops impacting teachers and administrators in suburban, urban, and rural school districts throughout the nation.  She holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Webster University, a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Missouri, and middle school certification from the University of Central Missouri.

Ruth McDonald

Coordinator of Online Learning

Ruth McDonald has been a K-12 educator for 37 years in California and Oregon. As a classroom teacher for 28 years, Ruth taught 5th grade, 7th grade math and science, and high school and elementary school Special Education. In 2007-2008, Ruth served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Office of International Science and Engineering. Upon her return to Lincoln County (Oregon) School District, she served as a district-wide STEM resource teacher, coordinating community partnerships with universities, non-profits, businesses, and government agencies. She was also the project director for several U.S. Ed Math Science Partnership grants, a U.S. Ed Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant, and a New Teacher Mentoring Project. She coordinates STEM professional development and student learning experiences for the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Ruth has a BA in Psychology from UCLA and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University. She holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science.