Sharon Dumit has been an educator for over twenty years. She and her husband have three children and have been foster parents. Mrs. Dumit has taught in Ohio, Connecticut, New York and Texas, and was a recipient of a grant from the Ohio Department of Education: Little Ones Learning to Love Language. She is an avid reader and collector of hundreds of children’s books. It is her passion to help children get excited about learning. As a result, the Cool Science Matters series was developed. The characters Molly Cool and Atom will inspire curiosity and a desire to learn about the world around us.
JEFFREY A. NOWAK, PhD
From 1994 to 1997, Jeff taught biology, chemistry, geology and physics at Columbus East High School in Columbus, IN. From 1997 to 1999, he was an Associate Instructor of elementary science education at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. From 1999 to 2000, he taught middle school science and the eighth grade gifted and talented (G&T) science program at Northside Middle School in Columbus, IN. He joined the School of Education at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in 2000 as a Visiting Instructor of elementary science education. Currently an associate professor of Science Education at IPFW, he teaches EDUC Q200 Introduction to Scientific Inquiry, E328 Science Methods for Pre-service Elementary Teaching Majors, E548 Advanced Teaching of Science in the Elementary School for Teachers, and F500 – LEGO Robotics for Teachers. Jeff is the executive director of the Northeast Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (NISTEM) Education Resource Center serving northeast Indiana (www.NISTEM.org) His research interests include how to incorporate and utilize “best practice” technologies and inquiry-based instructional strategies in the preK-12 science classroom. He has also published peer-reviewed articles comparing full-day kindergarten to half-day kindergarten, and enjoys writing science books for children.