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BIOGRAPHIES OF OUR STAFF

NICHOLAS D. FRANKOVITS,
Executive Director & Founder

Frankovits - Head of the ClassNicholas D. Frankovits has taught biological and geological sciences on the secondary level for 27 years, and he has taught 36 years between Cleveland State and the University of Akron Geology Departments. He has been the author and co-author of many national science publications, is a national lecturer, and has served as advisor and mentor to over 240 student winners competing in state, national, and international science competitions. Mr. Frankovits has served on national advisory boards and has been instrumental in the development of educational programs running nationwide. He has been the recipient of numerous national teaching awards on the secondary and college level. Nick is also an accomplished & well known local artist. CLICK HERE to download newest profile article on Nick from the Hudson Hub Times.View the Art of Nick Frankovits

Nicholas D. Frankovits Nick is the founder and director of the national non-profit organization, the National Museum of Education, which recognizes and conduits student and teacher educational inventions to the national marketplace. More than 80 products are being distributed nationwide through the efforts of this organization. Presently the National Museum of Education is conducting “Educator to Inventucator”™ Teacher Technique Training workshops combining invention with entrepreneurship. The National Museum of Education has developed summer student camps, and teacher training. In addition, Nick serves as the Executive Director of the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors, which is composed of a national student board whose responsibility is to select six student inventions (K-12) to be honored and inducted yearly in Akron, Ohio.Nick serves on, and acts as a consultant for, many prestigious national competitions and granting programs for teachers and students K-12, Universal Studios, Energizer, Toyota, Sears/Craftsman, Thomas Edison Preservation Foundation, and Toshiba. Nick's expertise wasRon Mallet (l) with Nick Frankovits consulted by Susan Casey as she wrote her books "Women Invent! Two Centuries of DiscoveriesThat Have Shaped Our World", and "Kids Invent". He is also a member of the Ohio Science (OSCI) advisory group for the 3rd to 6th grade state standards in science.
(On the left: Dr. Ronald Mallett, world-renowned theoretical physicist, pictured right: Nick Frankovits )


LEILA GAY EVANS,
Assistant Executive Director

Leila Gay EvansGay Evans is presently the Assistant Executive Director for the National Museum of Education. In that capacity she has been the national coordinator for the Induction Banquet and Ceremony of the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors for the last ten years. She has previously served as Director of Programs for the National Museum of Education. She has taught French and English on the high school level for over thirty years as well as three years of French at Kent State University. She served on the advisory board for NIH focus group for Middle School health curriculum. Gay is also a preliminary judge for the Christopher Columbus Awards, giving grants for middle school students. Gay graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University, with honoraries in French, English and Education (Pi Delta Phi, Sigma Tau Delta, and Phi Delta Kappa). As an undergraduate, she studied French as a major with Science and English as minors. She has her M.A. in French, and Ph.D. hours in English. In addition, she has studied abroad at the University of London, the Sorbonne, Paris, the University of Vienna, and the Free University of Berlin. She has been the Project Director for study groups of students and adults for 32 ventures into 19 Eastern and Western European countries as well as Canada and Mexico. Leila Gay Evans - French Trip 2She also is a host teacher for World Exchange faculty. Gay functions as a liaison for education and business with French Parliament for the Paris region. As a result of her work with four of the Rocket Boys from the award-winning film "October Sky", she developed and administers Rocket Camps nationwide, which hope to inspire a new generation of forward-looking young scientists. In addition, Gay has been consulted by invention author Susan Casey in the writing of her books "Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World", and "Kids Invent".She developed the "Freida J. Riley Teacher Award" program. Gay has recently given lectures titled "Educator to Inventucator" for the Akron Global Polymer Academy as part of a workshop for Elementary and Middle School teachers. She was also a speaker for the "Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education" in San Antonio, Texas.

SUE LYONS, Executive Director of Programs

Sue LyonsSue Lyons is presently the Executive Director of Programs for the National Museum of Education. As a thirty-year educator, she taught secondary math and science at Tallmadge City Schools where she became the Coordinator of Gifted Programs during the last eighteen years of her tenure. In this position Sue developed and expanded many innovative and unique programs for students K-12 and provided leadership on numerous planning and design committees locally and statewide. While at Tallmadge she led five educational trips to Europe. For twenty-three years she was the advisor of the Tallmadge H.S. Ski Club.

Writing, developing, designing and directing the first Camp Inventions, Sue used her experiences from many educational camps. She developed Rocket Camp and currently directs the A.C.E. Academy (Aviation Career Education) at Kent State University. She is past president of Ohio Odyssey of the Mind Association. She served as OM Regional Director for eight years and was the OM State Tournament Director and Chair of OM State Judges for several years. Sue studied at Muskingum College and then earned her B.S.Ed. in math and science and M.S. degree in Educational Administration, both at the University of Akron. She studied British education during an internship in England. Camp InventionSince earning her Masters Degree, she became certified in Gifted Education and she also continued coursework at Kent State University, Ashland University, Eastern Kentucky University and Eastern Washington University. Currently Sue serves on the board for the Tallmadge Library Association, is secretary for the Tallmadge Foundation Board of Trustees, and is the Social Chairperson for the Congress Lake Club Ladies Golf Association.

Dr. RICHARD A. SCHWARZ, Ph.D Chemistry
Science CoordinatorRichard Schwarz, PhD

Dick Schwarz has played an indispensable role in the coordinating & auditing of science curriculum developed by the National Museum of Education. With extensive experience as a chemist in the polymer industry, Dick has been a key asset for keeping our science curriculum thorough and learnable. For the Museum, Dick has done more than sit behind the books -- he has become hands on with the Museum's kids, showing them the science in numerous creative demonstrations. Dick is the inventor or co-inventor of 25 US patents. He holds his degree in Chemistry from MIT and his doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Duke. In the last 35 years he has worked as a researcher and lab chemist for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. and Silica Products, among others. More than a researcher, Dick is an effective teacher to students of all ages.


L. GRANT LUTON
Writer, Author & Co-Founder
Grant Luton

Grant Luton has taught Technology Education on the junior high and high school levels for thirty years, including one year in England as a Fulbright Scholar, and one year at Kent State University's School of Technology. He has previously served as Assistant Executive Director for the National Museum of Education, formerly the Partnership for America's Future, Inc.Grant is an accomplished pianist as well as a published author whose book on Biblical Hebrew, "In His Own Words", is presently being sold internationally. He is contributing author for several Technology Education textbooks and has developed curriculum in the areas of Electronics, Robotics, Holography, Photography, and Construction. His elementary education space exploration curriculum was featured at NASA's Lewis Space Research Center summer teacher workshop. Grant has also developed instructional materials for the Duracell and Sears Craftsman educational programs.

Diane TaylorDIANE TAYLOR
Author, Lecturer & Co-Founder

Diane Adams Taylor is a retired educator with over thirty-two years in the field. She was a teacher for students with disabilities, special education coordinator as well as a district level school administrator. During her time as a teacher, she published curriculum for students with special needs. Since 1985 she has presented seminars to thousands of educators in the areas of special education, behavior management and grant writing. Diane taught as an adjunct faculty member in special education and behavior management at The University of Akron for over a decade. She previously served as Vice President of Financial Development at the inception of the National Museum of America, in Partnership for America's Future, Inc. She earned her bachelor's degree in Art History and English from Kent State University in 1975 and was granted her master's degree in special education in 1977. She completed coursework on her doctorate in education administration at The University of Akron.
Diane is presently employed in her second career as a writer, author and lecturer. She had her first novel, Circles in Time published by Tate Publishing in May 2012. Her second novel The Healer of Wounded Souls is expected to be released in September 2013 through Bush Publishing Company. She writes for two on-line publications; one specifically on special education topics and the second as a contributor of short stories. Diane continues to write novels and she is currently working on two new manuscripts as well as a series of children's books.

 

Inventucation StaffLAURA YOUNG,
BRAD KIRKLAND,
AMANDA BASE
Inventucation Training Staff

Laura, Brad and Amanda hold Ohio teaching licenses in Science and are certified Inventucators by the National Museum of Education. These young educators are enthusiastic teachers and engage students in problem-based learning through invention and innovation using STEM principles.

 

ANDREW RAYNOR, Information Technology Consultant

Andrew Raynor graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Harding University in May of 2005 and has served as Director of Information Technology for the National Museum of Education for 3 years. Since his addition to the Museum's team, he has been an instrumental part of a number of projects, where he has worked with Universal Studios Orlando, Time Warner, Panasonic, Texas Instruments and other companies in areas ranging from audio-visuals to web development.At Harding University, Andrew has been involved in a number of academic and service organizations, including Delta Chi Delta service club, Circle K (Kiwanis), and has served as treasurer for Campus Civitan.

RYAN HUMBERT, Director of Art & Promotions

Ryan HumbertThe brilliant artwork that is presented to each of our inductees is the product of our talented artist, Ryan Humbert. Ryan is a 1999 graduate of Green High School in Summit County, Ohio; and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ryan's talents (which include writing, drawing, photography, graphic design, computer art, music, and watercolor, to name a few) have won him local and national recognition. He has won four regional Scholastic Art & Writing awards, and one gold key on the national level for a comic book he authored and illustrated called High School Humor. The proceeds from the sale of his publication went to the Bobby Fox fund, established to assist a one-year-old boy battling cancer. Ryan has recently released his first original album, titled "Ryan Humbert, Nothing to Lose." Thanks to Ryan's many talents and organizational abilities, he now serves as the Director of Art & Promotions for the National Museum of Education.

BEN KETTLEWELL, Consultant

Ben Kettlewell, a native of Danville, PA, graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Widener University, Chester, PA in May 2002. After working as a civil engineer for a year in the Philadelphia area, Ben returned to the academic setting and earned a Masters of Education from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA in December 2004. Since that time, Ben has taught physics and mathematics at West York High School, York, PA and then at Oxford High School in the Philadelphia suburb, Oxford, PA. His love of teaching and coaching is very rewarding. Outside of the classroom, Ben volunteers his time at Camp Kydnie, a camp for children with kidney disease. He is actively involved as a soccer coach and led his high school boys team, Susquehannock High School, Glen Rock, PA to the Pennsylvania State Championship in November 2008. That year Ben was honored as the Pennsylvania Soccer Coach of the Year in his team's division. Ben’s involvement with the National Museum of Education began in 1996 when he served on the first Student Board of Directors for the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors. Ben continues to serve as a consultant for the Museum.

ASHLEY MICHALEK, Consultant

Ashley Michalek graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. Formerly a Student Board member from 1998-2002, Ashley arrived on the campus of Holy Cross as a freshman from Texas, just as she attended her last NGAYI Induction Ceremony and just in time to see her first snow! After spending her junior year abroad in Dijon, France, Ashley realized her true passion for travel, cultures, and especially, the French culture. Ashley has been involved in Campus Ministry, a member of The French National Honor Society, President of the French Club, a features writer on the school newspaper, and volunteered as a Catechism teacher at a local parish. Upon graduation in 2006, Ashley worked and studied in Kingston, Jamaica and in Paris at Paris III/la Sorbonne Nouvelle. In 2008, Ashley received her Masters of Fine Arts in French Studies. Since graduation from Middlebury, Ashley works for mindWireless, a corporate wireless expense management in Houston, Texas. In her spare time she enjoys cultural activities, and all things French! Ashley hopes to one day connect her international spirit to an internationally minded career. We appreciate her contributions as one of our consultants.

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