VESELS Scholarship Recipients 2021

The NSELA awards committee is glad to announce this year’s Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS) Recipients:

Region A

Jonathan Regino (@jred530)


Supervisor of Teaching and Learning: Math and Science in Marple Newtown School District, Newtown Square, PA

Region C

Dr. Dorothy Holley (@DorothyHolley)


Science teacher at West Johnston High School, Johnston County Public Schools, NC

Region C

Dr. Charles Holloway (@chollow377)


AMSTI Physical Sciences Educational Specialist at the Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery, AL

Region D

Ann C. Mulvihill (@gisdSTEMScience)


Coordinator of Secondary STEM & Science in the Garland Independent School District, Garland, TX

Region D

Tara Allgood (@tal023)


Forensic Science Teacher and Department Head at Allen High School, Allen, TX

Region E

Spencer Martin (@SciEdSpence)


Secondary Science Curriculum Instructional Coach with the Kansas public Schools, Kansas City, KS



























Our selected VESELS perspectives on Growing their Science Leadership through the VESELS:

A goal I have through NSELA and the VESEL Scholarship is to form a community of supervisors that will be willing to meet for an hour or two on a bi-monthly schedule to share our needs, opportunities, and to talk through what we have tried and are using to work with our teachers and staff. I plan on joining the Summer Leadership Institute and attending the Leadership Summit to help build that PLC and to learn from experts in the field. Having the opportunity to attend these events will give me a great foundation as I start my new position.” – Jonathan Regino (Region A)

I am excited and humbled to receive a VESELS scholarship to build leadership skills and work with the NSELA community in a more targeted way. I want to use my dissertation research on science teacher retention to help teachers in my home state, a state without collective bargaining power.” – Dr. Dorothy Holley (Region C)

I am excited to be able to work with leaders in science education so that I may grow as a leader in science education.” –  Dr. Charles Holloway (Region C)

Receiving the VESELS Scholarship will allow me to grow professionally and connect with peers on the national level. I feel lucky to get the opportunity to have more fabulous experiences with NSELA. My goal will be to share my experiences and continue to learn more as a science leader.” – Ann C. Mulvihill (Region D)

As an emerging science leader I am very excited that the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship has been awarded to me because I envision the practical and visionary professional development will help me achieve my goal this year of growing the capacity of my science team at Allen High School!” – Tara Allgood (Region D)

I have met a lot of great leaders and received some incredible professional development through my membership with NSELA. The opportunity to lean into that even more is incredibly exciting. I can't wait to learn and grow even more.” – Spencer Martin (Region E)