Endorsements

“Dean has a wealth of expertise and knowledge in science education from designing science in-school and after-school programs, creating district plans, and designing and implementing quality professional learning experiences for teachers and administrators. Dean has a history of building successful partnerships between business and education and working with parents and community. He is a hard worker, dedicated to excellence, and skilled at meeting your needs.”

– Kathy DiRanna, K-12 Alliance Statewide Director

“Dean Gilbert has been at the forefront of science education in the state of California for many years.  His knowledge of NGSS is exemplary and he has been a local and state professional development guru of these standards even before their adoption in California three years ago… He shares his science education expertise with CSULB science credential students by supervising their student teaching experience and is well-respected by his pre-service teachers.”

-Tim Williamson, Single Subject Science Credential Coordinator, CSU Long Beach; past CSTA President

“Dean is motivated to make a positive impact on the profession of science teaching and possess the knowledge and skills necessary to do so.  He is well-known for his presentation skills and his workshops are always filled to standing room only capacity.  He is also a starter and finisher.  He is a constant source of innovation and new ideas.  And once he begins a project he sees it through the end.”

– Jessica Sawko,  Executive Director, CSTA

“Dean was the Science Consultant at the Los Angeles County Office of Education while I was developing the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) for the State of California. He was always there to help, support, and advise when we needed feedback… Dean has always been a great pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable about the state of the art in science education.”

– Gerald Lieberman, CDE Environmental Literacy Steering  Committee

“Dean is a long-time advocate of effective science instruction for all students.  He is a former CSTA President, served as a member of the Science Expert Panel for CA NGSS, and was the Science Expert in Los Angeles County and Orange County Offices of Education.  He has written articles and created tools for effective instruction in science, including the Science Safety Webinar and Strategic Science Handbook.  He continues to fight for what is good for ALL students.”

– Anthony Quan, STEM Consultant II, Los Angeles County Office of Education

“…As a colleague on the California Science Teacher’s Association (CSTA) Board of Directors, Dean was welcoming, supportive and inspiring. Dean never stepped back from making his passion for science education his first priority. He used his ability to articulate both concerns and solutions to promote a group of colleagues to think deeply about ideas, whether they found those ideas exciting or challenging…Dean’s professionalism modeled the commitment of a classroom teacher and policymaker all in one. Whether we agreed on every detail or not did not impact my respect for him, nor my trust that he is focused on doing what is right for students.”

-Marian Murphy-Shaw, Educational Services Director, Siskiyou COE; Board Member, CSTA

“A strong influence on my academic journey was my high school biology teacher, Dean Gilbert…His youthful energy and sense of humor made learning fun for us, and science was always an adventure that took us someplace I had never been…I make things happen in my life because Dean taught me through example, how to get things done, how to not be lazy and how to love the work you choose. I could very well say that he is the reason why I teach the way that I do, and why my focus for excellence was so intense during my college years. With a competitive perfectionism, I learned to be persistent, to complete what I started, and to never take no for an answer…. When a person resonates in your life like that, they have really done a wonderful thing.”

-Delayna Goins, Learning Support Teacher, Palmdale SD; Former Student, Long Beach Polytechnic HS

“…Dean Gilbert’s classes in 10th grade Biology and in 12th grade Anatomy/Physiology offered me the opportunity to have both:  a busy learning experience with a great deal to remember, as well as an opportunity to grow socially and learn more about myself.  Dean’s approach of being both a teacher and a friend wasn’t something to which the students could always relate, but my life was always richer for it, and to this day I can count Dean as one of of my most cherished friends…and as a role model of the importance of teaching…”

Kenneth Alpern, MD, Former student: Long Beach Polytechnic HS

“You have been such an amazing resource and support to me, especially this year as I ventured into science mentorship and for so many years you’ve provided us and our students with so much support.”

Lisa Gordon, Science Coordinator, Irvine Unified School District

“Dean worked with the California Science Center on several occasions as a consultant and facilitator. Dean was part of a team that developed the vision, mission and curricular goals for the Science Center’s charter elementary school. He led our teachers in the development of a K-5th grade integrated, articulated and STEM focused instructional program. Dean has an amazing background and understanding of STEM education and pedagogy. His knowledge and years of experience make him a great choice for a consultant. I would highly recommend Dean.”

-Ron Rohovit, Ed.D., Deputy Director of Education, California Science Center

“Congratulations on a great career, Dean! So many good times, so long ago in Biology and Marine Biology classes, and later working with you and the great team of camp counselors at Poly North… hard to believe it has been 30 something years. Thanks for making all of us better!”

John Simpson, Senior VP, Los Angeles Office of The Spaulding Group , Former student: Long Beach Polytechnic HS

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