Welcome to VSELA

About Us

The Virginia Science Education Leadership Association is an organization dedicated to ensuring an excellent science education for all Virginia students.  Our membership consists of state and division level science leaders, higher education faculty, and leaders within the informal science education community.  

November 15-16, 2021 

VSELA Fall 2021 Meeting theme will be "Back to Science".  The Fall meeting will take place on November 15-16 at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump (4240 Dominion Blvd. Glen Allen, VA).  We look forward to seeing you in Richmond!

2021 VSELA Fall Meeting: Member Registration


Meet our New Officers



Julia Renberg currently serves as the Supervisor of Science and Family Life Education with Prince William County Public Schools. She graduated from Belarussian State University with B.S. in Biochemistry and began her career in education as a middle school Life Science teacher in Florida. After relocating to Virginia in 2001, she taught high school Chemistry and Forensic Science, and served as high school assistant principal and the administrative coordinator for the Center for Applied Sciences, Interactive and Information Technology (CASIIT). Julia was the 2013 PWCS Teacher of the Year and the recipient of the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in ESOL from George Mason University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education Leadership with a minor in Special Education. 

Vice President: Membership & Committees


Michael Pratte is K-12 Science Facilitator for Stafford County Public Schools and serves in a combined role of both content supervision and professional learning.  He has been a VSELA member since 2013 and has contributed to various subcommittee work during sessions including assessment.  Mike has recently served as VAST President and led the development of its first fully virtual Professional Development Institute in 2020. Mike has served on VDOE committee’s including PAEMST, 2018 curriculum standards revision, Science advisory committee, and the 3rd grade VDOE performance assessment pilot.  He is a proud representative of Region III whose career passions include providing meaningful field experiences for all students and stressing the development of career ready science skills as students engage in the science content.



Lani Patrick is the K-12 Science Instructional Specialist for Campbell County Public Schools.  As a champion for STEM education, Lani enthusiastically supports K-12 educators and collaborates with community agencies and higher education to provide students opportunities to solve problems and apply science and engineering practices. Lani serves on the Board of Directors for the Future Focus Foundation (501c3), whose mission is: “To prepare and encourage Central Virginia students in K-12 and beyond to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and to provide a pipeline for a technically and scientifically proficient workforce.”  Lani is a member of NSTA, VAST, VISTE, ISTE, VASCD, ASCD, and she has been a VSELA member since 2014.   She is passionate about learning and understands the lifelong impact STEM education has on students!  

Textbook Adoption Materials

Click here to access materials, contacts and presentations for the VaDOE approved science textbook and instructional materials adoption. 

Thank you to our sponsors   




Virginia Science Education Leadership Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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