Arizona Science Teachers Association (Phoenix, AZ)


  • Name:Sara Torres
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Arizona Science Teachers Association
  • Address:One AZ Center
    400 E Van Buren St., Suite 200
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:5207091886

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  • Mission:
  • The Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) mission is to inspire, engage, and support science teachers in preparing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learners for success.

  • Overview:
  • Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is a state-wide professional teacher organization for teachers of science Pre-K through Post-Secondary. ASTA's mission is to inspire, engage, and support science teachers in preparing STEM learners for success.
    ASTA impacts the science education community by:
    • Providing access to professional development focused on evidenced-based practices aimed at increasing student achievement
    • Fostering collaboration among science education professionals and providing a link between science education organizations, non-profits and informal science agencies throughout the state
    • Building and maintaining leadership of science educators throughout the Arizona; and
    • Providing resources and information for effective science education for all students in Arizona.

    ASTA understands the importance of partnering with other professional STEM organizations to help support teachers. Therefore, ASTA, the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (AATM) and Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA) has formed the STEM Arizona Education Collaborative. The Collaborative works to improve and support STEM education in Arizona in curriculum and instruction; advocacy and communication; and organizational development. The Collaborative’s emphasis is on the following objectives:
    • Broaden effective STEM education practices by modeling integration of disciplines to increase student achievement.
    • Provide relevant STEM education position statements to increase teachers’ voice at the state level.
    • Advocate for teacher certification standards to allow for diverse experiences
    • Guide teachers/district to determine if their STEM Curricula is equitable for all students and are focused on the most important topics in each discipline, are rigorous, and are articulated as a sequence of topics and performances.
    • Develop the content knowledge of teachers in the STEM area.
    • Mentor teachers in implementing sound pedagogy in STEM.

  • History:
  • The roots of the Arizona Science Teachers Association can be traced back to November of 1931. During these early years, the Arizona Education Association held annual conferences which included subject area meetings consisting of invited speakers. The science teachers met as an Allied Organization of the AEA. Although an annual chairman is listed, other historical documents indicate that Homer Turner was “considered the dean of Arizona science teachers” (Lorenzo Lisonbee *, private correspondence, 1991) and conducted most of the meetings. The 1931 AEA program lists H.L. Stahnke of Mesa Union High School as Chairman of AEA’s Science Department and Loyd C. Elliott of Phoenix Union High School speaking on, “Standard Tests as an Aid in the Teaching of Physics.” This meeting structure continued through the 1930’s, 1940’s, and early 1950’s.

    During the 1954 annual AEA meeting, science educators formally organized into what is now the Arizona Science Teachers Association. Documents attribute considerable assistance in organizing to Dr. Alan Wager who was also ASTA’s first membership chairman. AEA newsletters cite John Hall as ASTA’s first elected president in 1953, but he was unable to serve out his term. Lorenzo Lisonbee assumed ASTA president responsibilities and conducted the 1954 organizational meeting and officers were elected. ASTA first executive committee included Lorenzo Lisonbee – President, Nick Gurr – President-elect, Dr. Alan T. Wager – State Membership Director, John O. Hall – Past-president, and H.H. Cofer – Secretary-treasurer.

    During these organizational years, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) provided strong support and motivation. In 1952, Robert Carleton, NSTA Executive Secretary, made a brief visit to the Phoenix area and met with a group of science educators at Phoenix North High School. His visit focused on organizing science teachers in Arizona into a formal organization which would be affiliated with the national organization.

    In the area of STEM, ASTA has been providing professional development (PD) in science content and pedagogy to science educators for over 60 years. The ASTA Board is comprised of classroom educators, science curriculum specialists, college faculty, and retired science educators with experience creating and delivering evidenced-based STEM education and PD. ASTA’s most developed proficiency in STEM is specifically in the areas of Science and Engineering. Two board members, and the executive director, were members of the AZ’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Review Team and attended the Building Capacity of State Science Supervisors meetings. One board member, a developer and writer of the NGSS is the AZ Department of Education’s STEM director.

    ASTA convenes an annual conference along with a pre-conference institute. ASTA has partnered with AZ Department of Education, Maricopa Community College, AZ Science Educators Leaders Association, and Partnership for Effective Science Teaching to provide institutes for educators regarding English Language Arts College and Career Readiness Standards and for Building Capacity on A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

    Although ASTA is not an expert in the T and M areas of STEM, working with AATM and AzTEA in the Collaborative provides an integrated and expanded capacity of expertise available. AATM and AzTEA provide PD in technology education and mathematics. ASTA has increased its knowledge of the other disciplines and has co-hosted an Annual STEM UnConference.

    With new Mathematics and English Language Arts College and Career Readiness Standards and NGSS, teachers need PD at a depth and breadth in content that has not been previously taught. To assist teachers in the implementation of STEM and the standards, the Collaborative focuses on providing STEM PD that results in improved teacher knowledge and skills that impact student learning and achievement.

  • Year established:1954
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:18
  • Advisory board size:30
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:86-0622405

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:860622405
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% MEG DAVIS
  • Organization Address:1601 E UNIVERSITY BLVD
  • Organization City:TUCSON
  • Organization State:AZ
  • Organization Zip:85721-0091
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):995, 229
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code, Other business or professional group
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:October, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:October
  • NTEE Code:O99
  • Asset Amount:$117,080
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$190,587
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$190,587
  • Last Updated:2/17/2018 5:28:14 pm

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