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JAMES MIDDLETON is a retired biology teacher, Jefferson County Public
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The NABT Nominating Committee is
looking for your recommendations
for our next leaders.
The candidates for president-elect alternate from the
college/university community one year and the precollege community the next. Candidates from the
Four-Year College & University level are sought for
the 2019 election. Candidates for NABT Office should
have: (1) evidence of active participation in NABT such
as previous service as an elected officer, committee
chairperson or member, section or affiliate leader, etc.
(2) at least five years of continuous membership in
NABT; and (3) five years experience teaching biology,
life science, or science education.
Who else knows your interests and qualifications
as well as you do?
Nominations are due March 15
Secretary - Treasurer
Region I (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Region III (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
Region VII (AZ, AR, NM, OK, TX)
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