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Steve Ricks

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Steve Ricks serves as the state coordinator for the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) at the Alabama State Department of Education. Since its inception in 1999, Steve has developed AMSTI, the state's K-12 initiative to improve math and science, into one of the most comprehensive and successful programs in the nation. Currently AMSTI serves one-fourth of the students in Alabama and provides over 8,000 teachers with sustained professional development, plus all of the materials and equipment needed to teach math and science using inquiry-based, hands-on instruction. Plans are in place to expand AMSTI to serve every school in Alabama by 2010. Prior to leading AMSTI, Mr. Ricks worked with the Alabama State Department of Education providing school improvement assistance to underperforming schools.

Mr. Ricks has 30 years experience in education, serving as both a classroom teacher and an administrator. He has been honored through his induction into the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame, selection as the Alabama Teacher of the Year, and presentation of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the McWane Science Center, the South's premier science center, aquarium and IMAX Theater.

Mr. Ricks received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Montevallo and his Education Specialist degree from Jacksonville State University. 

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