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rick_headshotDr. Richard Beal
Commissioner of Accreditation 

Dr. Richard Beal is the Director of International Programs and Accreditation at Terra Science and Education and formerly worked at SUNY ESF from 1999 to 2018. He was also the Assistant Dean of K-12 STEM Education and Director of ESF in the High School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental and Forest Biology. Rick was the Director at Large of Environmental Science for the Science Teachers Association of New York. Rick received a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Buffalo in 1991 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the same institution in 1997. He was a Peace Corps teacher in Eritrea (East Africa) from 1997 to 1998 and a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia Fall 2016. He specializes in University Teaching and Outreach, STEM Education, and University Partnerships and does extensive consulting in the Middle East on educational reform projects. Dr. Beal is a LEAD STEM Fellow for the National STEM Ecosystem Network.

111318-SANY-Headshot-Hayali-GmailDr. Tolga Hayali

Dr. Tolga Hayali is superintendent of three Charter schools in the Central New York region called SANY–Science Academies of New York Charter Schools (Syracuse and Utica Academy of Science, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter Schools). In this capacity, Dr. Hayali is responsible for the management and administration of three K-12 charter schools serving more than 2000 urban children in Central New York. In this role, he is also accountable for defining the vision, setting goals, strategic planning and leadership/management of all educational, administrative and operational functions of the Schools. An accomplished educator and administrator, Dr. Hayali received his Master and C.A.S in School Counseling from SUNY Oswego, executive Master in Public Administration from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University and a Doctorate of Education, Leadership, Management and Policy in K-12 School Administration from Seton Hall University. He resides in Fayetteville, New York with his wife and four children.


image1Judy Wolfe

Judy has been engaged in public education at multiple levels since 1981. She is a New York State certified teacher in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and has classroom experience ranging from middle school science to the AP level. In addition, she has extensive experience in working with students with special needs as well as curriculum development in the Biological Sciences and Integrated Physical Sciences. In addition to her classroom experience, she has served as a teacher-mentor for AP Biology teachers in the Greece Central Schools (NY) as well as the Director of Curriculum Development at the Academy of Science in Loudoun County Schools (Va).

IMG_0106Kathy Southwell

Kathy Southwell is honored to have worked with students at the elementary, middle and high school levels as well as those at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has a strong background in systems leadership, strategic planning, and curriculum and assessment, with leadership experience at the district, regional and New York State levels. Kathy has a strong passion for science and has had numerous science leadership roles, including coordinating science curriculum and materials for 35 school districts; key roles in regional and New York State science education strategic planning and advisory groups; and regional representative of the nationwide STEM Ecosystem, including district recognition at the White House in 2015. She retired in October 2018 from East Syracuse Minoa Central School District as the Executive Director of Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment.

george-wolfe-320x213George Wolfe

George Wolfe comes to ACASU with 40+ years of teaching, curriculum writing, and leadership experience. His teaching career started in Zaire, Africa where he taught Biology, Chemistry, Political Economics and Physical Education in the Peace Corps. Since then, he has taught in the Western NY region, spending 20 years in the Rochester City School District. In 2005, George moved to Loudoun County, Virginia where he was the founder and director of the Loudoun County Academy of Science. His contributions to education have been extensive, serving on multiple advisory boards including the Cornell Institute of Physics Teachers, the Cornell Institute of Biology Teachers and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics SportSmarts curriculum project. He has received numerous awards throughout his teaching career including the NSTA Presidential Excellence Award, The National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for  New York State, The Shell Award for Outstanding Science Educator, and was inducted into the National Teaching Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dr. Matthew C. Williams 

Experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the secondary education industry. Skilled in English as a Second Language (ESL), Common Core State Standards, Secondary  Education, Classroom Management, and Educational Consulting. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Education: Leadership, Thought, and Policy from University of Rochester. Dr. William’s former school was chosen as an exemplar for school reform by the New York Department of Education.

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