Hello! I’m Bob Melton and I currently work as Science Curriculum Facilitator for Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma City. School district boundary’s in Oklahoma are often unconnected from those of the municipalities they serve so to give you geographical perspective, we serve 19,000 children who live in the Northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City. I have been working in public education for 34 years and have been in this job for 14 of them. A lot of the job of being curriculum facilitator (or coordinator) concerns developing the intended curriculum and helping teachers, especially our many new ones, to bring that design to fruition. I was a part of the development of the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills and the student assessments that are aligned to them. I’m a Teacher/Consultant with the Oklahoma Writing Project, direct the Oklahoma Science Olympiad, and serve on the boards of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, The Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, and the Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Oklahoma.
I am very excited to be a part of this NABT BioBlog. We recently transformed the tired old quarterly newsletter of our state science teachers association to a blog. Although the focus of that effort is different from this, it’s a lot of fun to maintain.
Outside of my professional interests, I enjoy fly-fishing, organic vegetable gardening, hiking, geo-caching, bicycling, and mountain-biking (although my wife says I need to stop the later because “You always come back hurt”. She is, of course, most often correct. Still, it’s the code of blood, sweat and gears.) I am also active in Boy Scouting currently serving as Chairman of our local Council’s Venturing District. My wife, Fern, is a Speech Pathologist and our son is a graduate student at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.