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Dr. Sarah B. Bush is an associate professor of K–12 STEM education and program coordinator of the mathematics education PhD track at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in mathematics education from the University of Louisville. Dr. Bush’s scholarship and research focuses on deepening student and teacher understanding of mathematics through transdisciplinary STE(A)M problem-based inquiry and mathematics, science, and STE(A)M education professional development effectiveness. She seamlessly integrates her practical experience as a middle school mathematics teacher in public schools with her innovative STE(A)M scholarship to serve as an instructional leader in the field of mathematics education and STE(A)M education. Dr. Bush has received more than $1.6+ million in external grant funding and is the lead or co-author of five peer-reviewed books and more than sixty peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Bush is actively involved in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), serving as a member of the board of directors (2019–2022) and has served as chair or member of nine committees and task forces, including as the 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition Program Chair. Dr. Bush was the recipient of the 2018 Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Early Career Award.

Dr. Kristin Cook is an associate professor of science education at Bellarmine University and serves as the associate dean of the School of Education. She received her doctoral degree at Indiana University in curriculum & instruction, specializing in science education and environmental sciences. A former high school biology teacher, Dr. Cook has served as a professional developer and educational consultant for elementary, middle, and high school STE(A)M-focused school reform and project and problem-based learning (PBL) development. Dr. Cook’s research focuses on engaging students and teachers with the community of science through the exploration of socioscientific inquiry and transdisciplinary STEAM instruction. Dr. Cook has received more than $440,000 in funded projects. She has authored six juried book contributions and more than forty-five peer-reviewed publications in science, mathematics, and STEM education journals. Dr. Cook is an active presenter at national and regional conferences and serves on the editorial boards for Innovations in Science Teacher Education and the Journal for Science Teacher Education. She is proud to have received the Innovations in Teaching Science Teachers Award from the Association for Science Teacher Educators.

Read Kristin and Sarah’s Corwin book, Step Into STEAM, Grades K-5.