Dr. Gary A. Yoham, FAST Executive Director
He is a former president of our FAST organization and currently the Executive Director. His current teaching assignment is Advanced Placement Biology and Honors Biology. He has his certification in Biology and Chemistry in the State of Florida. He has been with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 23 years; all at the same school, Miami Senior High. He is also the Executive Director for Dade County Science Teachers' Association.
Donna Barton, FAST President
Donna graduated from the University of Phoenix earning a master’s degree in Elementary education. She has taught K-5 math and science in Duval county, a science course at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program and is a facilitator for the AIMS center for math and science education and Project Learning Tree. She is currently teaching elementary math and science in Clay County where she is the advisor for the STEM club and Robotics Team. Donna has been the Area Director for Area 4 for the past 6 years. She has been selected to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, the National High Magnetic Field Lab RET program, the NASA Airborne Research Experience for Educators, and the AMS Maury Project. She has presented sessions at FAST Conferences, NSTA STEM conferences, and NSTA National conferences.
Amy Trujillo, FAST President-Elect
She is the Instructional Coach at Orlando Science Schools in Orlando (Area Five). She was the Area Five Director and is now the President Elect. Over the past twenty years, she has taught elementary and college level with a focus on English as a Second Language as well as Gifted. She is a LEGO Education Master Educator, a Certified BrainPOP Educator, and a Google Certified Educator Level Two.
Mary Tweedy, Secretary
Mary Tweedy, a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Master of Science in Reading from Florida International University retired in 2017 from the Miami Dade County Public Schools’ Department of Science where she had been an elementary science curriculum support specialist since 2009. Prior to that, she taught for over 30 years in various grade levels in schools in Miami, Orlando and Illinois. She also spent three years as an Elementary Feeder Pattern Educational Specialist providing both math and science support to the MDCPS South Region schools. She holds certifications in Elementary Education, General Science 5-9 and Reading Grades K-12.
Mary comes with extensive experience that comprises designing and delivering professional development, developing a variety of District science resources, supporting science teachers with content, pedagogy, lesson planning, and instructional resources, coordinating the annual SECME awards ceremonies, as well working in the past for the Department of Education and consulting for the P-SELL NSF Grant, NSTA Press and Edu Resource Solutions. She is currently utilizing her expertise working part time for the MDCPS Department of Science.
Some of Mary’s honors include Miami Dade County Science Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Teacher Feature in the Miami Herald’s Neighbor’s section, Certificate of Merit for Educational Services in Mathematics and Science, and National Teacher Trainer Institute Master Teacher.
Mary serves on the board on the Florida Association of Science Teachers as the secretary and the Dade County Science Teachers’ Association as first vice-president. She is also a member of the National Science Teachers’ Association.
Brad Tanner, Informal Chairperson
Brad Tanner graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning a B.A. in Environmental Science. While working on his academic degree at UNC Wilmington, he also worked in the Education Dept. at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Later, Brad obtained a Masters Certificate in Informal Science Education from the University of South Florida. Brad has been the Senior School Programs Coordinator with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Fl. since 2004. Before employment with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, he was the Education Director for Carolina Coastal Adventures, an outdoors adventure/education company. That role enabled him to design, teach, and evaluate many scientific and educational field programs. He enjoyed teaching people the skills needed to kayak and identify/study aquatic life in the Cape Fear, NC region. Brad has been with Mote Marine Laboratory for over 14 years. He assists with many scientific and educational oriented projects in his employment with Mote’s scientific marine research and outreach conservation projects. He creates in- house programs for students and manages many of Mote Marine’s educational programs. His work has resulted in extensively traveling worldwide with Dr. Eugene Clark (Mote’s Founder) On four research excursions to Indonesia; he studied the habits and the habitat of a newly identified fish species. Brad’s movie of these Indonesian research excursions has become a popular presentation precursor and won Honorable Mention at the BLUE Ocean International Film festival. On another occasion in Andros, Bahamas he studied and recorded Garden Eel behavior and habitat. During the summer of 2014 he traveled to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific for yet another oceanic research project on the nesting patterns of the Oceanic Triggerfish. Brad regularly assists with diving excursions and the longest running bottlenose dolphin study in world; one that is conducted in Sarasota Bay. He has interacted with and studied Risso’s Dolphins, and many other ocean species, visiting Mote’s Hospital, as well as with reptile species such as the endangered leatherback sea turtles in rehabilitation in Mote’s Rehabilitation Hospital. As a volunteer, he has assisted with the turtle watch in his region, walking the local beaches to protect turtle egg clutches against predators and collect scientific data. He has co- authored a Marine Science Laboratory Manual, published by McGraw Hill, as a clinical marine ecology education textbook. He has also created a Seashell Identification Guide for use by teachers. Brad has been a frequent presenter at many national and Florida conferences on effective marine education practices and the translation of scientific research data for school programs uses for greater student and adult learning enhancement. In his civic and community involvement, he serves as the Informal Chairperson for the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) and is a Past-President of that group. For the past 4 years, he has been a member-volunteer on the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Citizen Advisory Council, a group formed to provide environmental protection to the Sarasota Bay and its wildlife.