John Olson
K-12 Education
Employer: Minnesota Department of Education

John Olson is the Science Content Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. He works on science learning goals and instruction with teachers, schools, districts and other state education leaders. John serves on the Board of Directors for the National Science Teachers Assn. as director for Coordination and Supervision of Science Education. This work is primarily with science education leadership of school districts and states. In addition he teaches science education methods classes for Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

Mr. Olson’s background includes teaching in several settings. He taught physics and environmental science with St. Paul Public Schools in an urban setting and also served as the science coordinator for the district. In the early 70’s and again in 2016, John served in Liberia with the US Peace Corps as a rural teacher trainer. John also spent several years as the director of a youth camp on Lake Superior in Wisconsin. He was a lead state representative for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.

John’s family includes four adult offspring and six grandchildren. He enjoys camping, biking, construction and choral singing.

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