Jonathan R. Craig is Director of the Talcott Mountain Science Center for Student Involvement, Inc., Avon, CT. Mr. Craig has a Masters of Secondary Education in Science from the University of Hartford, with certification in Biology, Earth Science, and General Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut, and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society.
Mr. Craig has worked with the Science Center since 1979 as a Science Instructor, Science Coordinator with the Avon Schools, Ecology Department Chairman, Assistant Director, and currently Director. He has been responsible for the Center’s day-to-day operations serving schools throughout Connecticut and neighboring states. He has taught numerous courses in graduate education with St. Joseph College and the University of Hartford, including courses on Brain Hemisphericity and Learning, Environmental Issues for the Classroom, Coastal and Marine Environments, Connecticut Geology, and the Fundamentals of Earth and Space Science. Mr. Craig’s background includes training with the Northeast Solar Energy Center, US, DOE as Adult Education and Teacher Trainer for Connecticut in alternative energy technologies.
He has developed curriculum and conducted teacher workshops in the areas of Biology, Chronobiology, Ecology, Geology and Alternative Sources of Energy and Energy Conservation, including “Science for the Eighties,” “Science for the Nineties” with New York, BOCES, “Model Solar Energy Training Program” for the state of CT, “the Energy Conservation Corrective Detective Kit” for Northeast Utilities, “Exploring the Water World,” for the New Haven Water Authority, and “Green Energy Climate Solutions,” for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the Connecticut Science Center Collaborative.
Mr. Craig is on the Executive Council for The Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, an Academy Fellow and former board member for the Connecticut Academy for Education in Mathematics, Science & Technology, member of the development committee and science consultant for CAPT (CT Academic Performance Test), member of the 92 CONNSTRUCT dialogue committee for Improving Science Education in CT, former member Board of Directors, CONNECT,(Connecticut Energy Council for Teachers), member of the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association, the National Earth Science Teachers Association. He is franchise director for The GLOBE Program in CT, and has served as a Scientist/Teacher Trainer, GLOBE is an international Internet-based teacher and student program of Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. Since 1994, Mr. Craig has led more than twenty-two workshops in fourteen states.
In 2002 Mr. Craig was awarded the CT Tech Education Leadership Council Certificate of Appreciation and in 2003, the Dr. Sigmund Abeles, Science Advocate Award by the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association and the Connecticut Science Teachers Association.
Mr. Craig is an artist and has designed and built a passive solar home in New Hartford, CT that was featured on the 1982 PACE (People’s Action for Clean Energy) house tour. Recently he added 4 kW of solar photovoltaic panels for his home to become nearly energy self-sufficient.