Steve Schreiner is the Technology & Learning Coordinator at NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 in Spokane, Washington, where he designs and leads technology-focused professional learning programs for schools across NorthEast Washington State.
Steve is the developer of the Life.On.Line and Parent U internet safety programs, used by schools throughout Washington. He offers training, assistance, and support for Google Apps for Education, Microsoft Office, iPads and other Apple products, learning management systems, mobile devices, computer coding, online safety, cyberbullying prevention, appropriate use of social media, and other technology-focused tools and products.
Prior to joining NEWESD 101 in 2012, Steve was a science teacher at West Valley School District in Spokane Valley, Washington. He taught physics and biology at West Valley High School, and he taught fifth-grade through eighth-grade science at West Valley City School, a project-based magnet middle school.
For the 2010-2011 school year, Steve served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Working in the Office of International Science and Engineering, Steve gained a first-hand view of international collaborative research practices.
Steve is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington, earning degrees in human biology and science education. He’s passionate about real-life experiences and skills. He has researched leaf-cutter ant behavior at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica, studied natural history while backpacking through the Hawaiian Islands, learned neuroscience at Hopkins Marine Station on the California coast, studied grey whale behavior at La Push, Washington, and traveled around the globe on the Semester at Sea program. He has enrolled in field-based courses at Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Mount Rainier National Parks, and he has attended Space Academy for Educators at the US Space & Rocket Center.
Steve loves travel and adventure. He frequently led his classes on local and regional field trips, including week-long student expeditions to Yellowstone National Park, Orcas Island, and Puget Sound. His collegiate Semester at Sea experience took him to 10 foreign ports of call, from Vietnam to Morocco, and sparked an interest in international travel that continues to this day.
Awards and Honors
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator
awarded by United States National Science Foundation, 2010
Honeywell Space Academy Educator
awarded by Honeywell International, 2010
Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year
awarded by Environmental Education Association of Washington, 2008
Sustainable Forestry Teacher
awarded by Idaho Forest Products Commission, 2007
Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant Recipient
awarded by Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2007
Math-Science Partnership Grant Recipient
awarded by Eastern Washington University, 2006
Master in Teaching, Secondary Science
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2002-2004
Bachelor of Arts, Human Biology
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 1997-2001
NEWESD 101: Technology & Learning Coordinator, Spokane, WA, 2012-present
Designs and leads technology-focused professional learning programs throughout NE Washington.
West Valley High School: Physics & Biology Teacher, Spokane Valley, WA, 2011-12
Taught physics and biology courses for 9th-12th grade students using inquiry techniques.
Organization for Tropical Studies: Inquiry in Rainforests, Costa Rica, 2011
Trained in inquiry-based field science, conducting original research on leaf cutter ant behavior.
National Science Foundation: Einstein Fellow, Arlington, VA, 2010
Learned about federal science and technology policy; provided K-12 perspective to NSF staff.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Space Academy for Educators, Huntsville, AL, 2010
Trained in formal and informal space science, including simulated space shuttle missions.
University of Utah: Genetics Summer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010
Trained in Learn.Genetics curriculum, focusing on online tools for genetics instruction.
West Valley City School: 5th-8th Grade Science Teacher, Spokane Valley, WA, 2005-2010
Designed and taught original curriculum focused on scientific investigation design.
Mt. Rainier National Park: Living with a Volcano in your Back Yard, Ashford, WA, 2009
Trained in volcanic hazards curriculum, focusing on National Park Service & USGS resources.
The Heritage Institute: Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, WY, 2008
Trained in field-based geology and environmental science teaching practices.
Idaho Forest Products Commission: Sustainable Forestry Tour, Lewiston, ID, 2007
Trained in sustainable forestry practices with emphasis on forestry career paths.
NEWESD 101: Enhancing Education Through Technology, Spokane, WA, 2007
Trained in Microsoft Peer Technology Coaching, focusing on technology integration.
Eastern Washington University: Math-Science Partnership Workshop, Cheney, WA, 2006
Trained in strategies for incorporating mathematics and science instruction across disciplines.
Ferris High School: 9th & 10th Grade Science Teacher, Spokane, WA, 2004-2005
Taught biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science using Understanding by Design practices.
YMCA Camp Reed: Summer Camp Counselor & Camp Ranger, Fan Lake, WA, 1997-2003
Designed and led programs in archery, riflery, arts and crafts, aquatics, and wilderness hiking.
Stanford University: Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, CA, 2001
Studied intertidal zoology, performing original research on neurobiology of California sea slug.
San Francisco State University: Wildlands Studies, Hawaiian Islands, 2000
Conducted field research on geographical, biological, and cultural issues in Hawaiian Islands.
University of Pittsburgh: Semester at Sea, Asia, Northern Africa, Europe, 1999
Sailed around the world studying global development, with experiences in ten ports-of-call.