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Mary Ellen Manning leads statewide meeting on science education

 Ms. Manning with Dr. Crowther, national president
Ms. Manning with Dr. Crowther, national president

A veteran chemistry and physical science teacher in Tallassee has been doing great things statewide to represent this community and her profession.


The Alabama Science Teachers Association is a professional organization promoting excellence and innovation in science education by providing visionary leadership and professional development to support science educators in Alabama. Guiding principles of ASTA include modeling excellence, providing opportunities for all educators and students, offering quality professional development, and the promotion of public awareness and support for science education.


Mary Ellen Manning, veteran educator at Tallassee High School, is currently serving as the President of the Alabama Science Teachers Association.


“I led an ASTA presidential chain meeting with two of the co-chairs of the Superintendent's Science Strategic Planning Committee along with two committee members who are also ASTA Board members during the conference,” Ms. Manning said.  “They suggested that ASTA send the Committee a letter stating what ASTA envisioned science education in classrooms looking like five years from now with Alabama performing in the middle of the pack instead of near the bottom,” she continued.


Ms. Manning also followed up the conference and committee work by meeting with the new State Superintendent of Education, Mr. Michael Sentance.  Sentance recently came to Alabama from Massachusetts.


“I've also applied to be on the Superintendent's Teacher Cabinet so that the classroom science teacher voice can be heard,” Ms. Manning said.


Ms. Manning concluded, “I normally don't toot my own horn, but being President of the Alabama Science Teachers Association for this past year has been a major accomplishment and honor.”



The mission of the Tallassee City School District is to provide a quality education, providing the basis for students to become life-long learners as well as moral, ethical, and compassionate people. A partnership of staff, students, parents, and the community will prepare students to become responsible citizens and productive members of the communities in which they live.