American Modeling Teachers Association

Annual Report – 2021

What is AMTA?


The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) enhances student learning in STEM through teacher professional development by providing classroom-tested instructional materials that are optimized for Modeling InstructionTM classrooms; encouraging collaboration within the ModelingTM community; and conducting research in the Modeling InstructionTM pedagogy.


  • AMTA is dedicated to putting the teacher voice in the forefront, as exhibited by our motto ‘‘by teachers, for teachers, about teaching”
  • AMTA promotes reflective teaching practices
  • AMTA values providing the highest quality, research-based science practices for students
  • AMTA supports teachers to enable reflective learning in their students
  • AMTA continuously evolves Modeling InstructionTM resources based on learning from actual classroom use
  • AMTA is committed to promoting equity, inclusion, and social justice in for all student in every science classroom

Summary of 2021 Accomplishments

The pandemic continued to affect businesses and people throughout 2021.

In normal years, AMTA and local hosts would offer between 45-60 face-to-face workshops for teachers across the globe.  Although we were able to offer some face-to-face professional development, which was an improvement from 2020, health and safety concerns resulted in very few of these options.

Thankfully, AMTA and a few local hosts were able to offer virtual professional development to many teachers over the summer:

Chemistry I – 192 participants

Chemistry II – 41 participants

Physics – 292 participants

Biology – 62 participants

Middle School – 32 participants

Earth Science – 24 participants

Computational Modeling Physics First – 23 participants

Introduction to Modeling – 90 participants

Advanced Topics in Modeling – 34 participants

The virtual courses were a success again!  Participant feedback was very positive in regards to our leaders, the content, the pedagogy, and the ability to learn without having to travel.

In addition to some face-to-face workshops and virtual courses, AMTA offered a number of webinars and a virtual conference to the science education community.  These learning opportunities were open to members and non-members.  AMTA was happy to remain at the forefront of virtual professional development and allowing ANY and ALL science teachers who needed support to get it from our experienced, dedicated, and passionate teacher community!

2021 AMTA Staff and Board Members

Past-President – Teresa Marx

President – Melissa Girmscheid

President-Elect – Lynn Jorgensen

Vice President – Earl Legleiter

Secretary – Holly McTernan

Treasurer – Patrick Daisley

Members At Large – Tanea Hibler, Marta Stoeckel, and Mark Lattery

Financial details

Total income – $487,314.47

Total program expenses – $342,846.96

Total fundraising expenses – $41,679.12

Total administration expenses – $32,749.14

Total net operating income – $70,039.25

Link to AMTA’s Guidestar profile and annual 990

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