Below are the biographies for the 2022 NSELA Candidates. Members, log in here to vote.


Trisha Herminghaus

Bachelor Degree Elementary Education, University of Montana, 1974
Masters Degree Science Education, Oregon State University, 1990

Trisha has served NSELA as Region F Director for three years, as Secretary since 2006, as Committee member on the Professional Development, Bylaws, and the Operations Manual Committees, and led NSELA Task Forces. She has attended NSELA professional events annually, assisted with conference set-up, breakout sessions, and debriefs, and contributed several articles over the years to NSELA publications. Trisha taught grades 1- 6 for 20 years in rural, urban, and suburban schools, and later worked for 20 years with a team to implement the Anchorage School District Science Program. She currently works with school districts to analyze and implement science curricula, provide professional learning opportunities, and assess student/program successes. Over the years Trisha has worked with education colleagues in Mexico and China. Trisha is a lifetime member of the Alaska Science Teachers Association, a long-time member of NSTA, and has worked on several NSTA committees. In 1991 she was the Alaska recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and in 2019 was awarded the Emma Walton Distinguished Service Award for Alaska.


Region A Director

Matthew Christiansen

K-12 Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Enrichment Programs
Oceanside UFSD, Oceanside, NY (2018-present)

Ed.D. Learning & Teaching, 2015
Hofstra University, Uniondale, NY
M.S. Chemistry, 2008
B.S. Chemistry, 2006
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Additional Teaching Experience
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY (2020-present)
Adjunct Lecturer: Environmental Sciences
EAS111: Unified Science for Elementary Teachers
Adjunct Lecturer: Chemistry Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, NY (2016-18)
CHE100: General Chemistry
Islip UFSD, Islip, NY
-K-12 Coordinator: Science, Technology, & Business (2016-18)
-7-12 Chairperson: Science & Technology (2014-16)
-High School Teacher: Chemistry & Biology (2008-14)

Additional Activities
Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) Board of Directors -President-Elect (2021-present) -Vice-President (2020-21) -Director at Large in Chemistry (2015-18)
NYS Science Consortium (2019-present)
STANYS Conference Committee: App Chair (2017-19)
Suffolk STANYS, Vice Chair for Programs (2015-18)
Long Island STEM Education Leadership Association (LISTEMELA) Board of Directors -President-Elect (2021-present) -Conference Chair (2019-21) -Communications Secretary (2017-19)
Eastern Long Island Regional Coordinator, NYS Science Olympiad (2017-19) Founder & Past Coordinator of Long Island Science Olympiad Invitational (2014-18) 


Carolyn Higgins 

Current Position: STEM Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education (January 2020-Present)

M Ed, Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, RI College, 2009
BA, Secondary Education & Middle Level General Science, RI College, 2002
BS, Resource Development/Plant Science, University of RI, 1991

Professional Experience
Science Teacher & Team Leader, Winman Middle School, Warwick RI (2002-2019)
OpenSciEd Professional Development Facilitator (2018-2021)
[email protected] Curator (2013-2019)
Presenter at local, regional and national conferences

Professional Affiliations
National Science Teachers Association (2003-present)/NSTA District I Director 2017-2020
Rhode Island Science Teachers Association (2010-present)/RISTA President 2014-2018
Rhode Island Middle Level Educators (2008-present)/RIMLE Treasurer 2010-2014
National Science Education Leadership Association (2019-present)
Council of State Science Supervisors (2021-present)


National Board Certified Teacher (2009-2027)
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
RI Science Finalist 2011 & 2013



Region C Director

Jeremy Blinn

Jeremy Blinn is the Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist for Volusia County Schools, Florida. He has held this position for seven years and a science educator for twenty-four years. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. As a member of NSELA since 2017, Jeremy has had the opportunity to attend both the 2018 NSELA Leadership Institute and the 2019 NSELA Summer Leadership Institute as the President of Florida Association of Science Supervisors. Jeremy Blinn is a proactive science educator with a demonstrated history of seeking new learning and leading opportunities. His journey has taken him from traditional middle/high school science classrooms to informal science teaching opportunities as explained in his curriculum vitae. He is currently a Life Member of his state teaching organization (FAST), Past-President of the state science supervisor association (FASS), and maintains annual memberships and involvement with in NSELA, NSTA, AAAS. His core professional belief centers on a kaizen (continuous improvement). As a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, Jeremy studied and implemented Lesson Study with researchers and practitioners. Gradual incremental improvements for the better, yield great results. With this mindset, he seeks your vote for Region C Director NSELA. 


Amy Murphy

Dr. Amy Fowler Murphy has served as the science coordinator and secondary science administrator with the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) at the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in Montgomery since December 2019. Prior to coming to the ALSDE, she served as the secondary science supervisor for Jefferson County Schools (AL) from 2017-2019 and as a chemistry specialist with AMSTI at the University of Montevallo (UM, AL) from 2009-2017. Dr. Murphy also served as a science teacher in Hoover City Schools (AL) from 2002-2009 and Birmingham City Schools (AL) from 1999-2002. Dr. Murphy earned her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in 2012 and her Instructional Leadership degree from UM (Montevallo, AL) in 2015. She renewed her National Board Certification in 2016 and has served as a Candidate Support Provider since 2007. She is a current member of the National Science Education Leadership Association (2017, 2020-present) and was selected as a VESELS recipient in 2017. Dr. Murphy is also a member of numerous science education organizations, including: the National Science Teaching Association, the Alabama Science Teachers Association, the Council of State Science Supervisors, and the Council of Chief State School Officers Science Collaborative. She is a current member of ASCD and serves on the Executive Board of Alabama ASCD. She resides in Alabama with her husband of 25 years, Eric, and their dog Coco.