Candidate for Vice Chair
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Jesse Wilcox Candidate Biography
Dr. Jesse Wilcox grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. After seeing the beautiful Iowa State University campus and being coerced by his parents to stay in state, Jesse received his B.S. degree in Biology and his Master’s degree in Science Teaching. He then taught biology and general science in West Des Moines where he first got involved with the Iowa Science Teachers Section. After his nerve-racking first presentation at ISTS to Iowa teachers in 2006, Jesse went on to present over 90 times at regional, national, and international conferences—including 25 times at ISTS. Jesse has published 18 articles in science education and technology education journals, received the Maitland P. Simmons Award through NSTA, the Excellence in Science Teaching Award through ISTS, and the Outstanding Advisor Award through Grand View University. Currently, he works as an assistant professor in education at Drake University. Jesse is excited about the prospect of giving back to ISTS—the same organization that provided him confidence, professional development, and a place to meet up with colleagues from around Iowa.