GEMS Sites and Centers

GEMS has built a substantial base of regional leadership through a national network of GEMS Centers and Network Sites. Sites and Centers are closely affiliated with the LHS GEMS Project, and provide professional development to teachers in their communities.

The current Centers and Sites are listed below in alphabetical order by state. To view contact information select the site or center nearest you on the map.


GEMS Centers and Natinal Network Sites

International Centers and Sites
Kentucky State of Kansas
The list is ever expanding, so check back often. If you're interested in establishing a GEMS Center or Site in your community please let us know. For more information please contact Traci Wierman, GEMS Network Director, at 510/642-2014 or by E-mail to Traci Wierman.

GEMS Centers and Sites


Montgomery, Alabama GEMS Site
Debbie Cook, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Debbie Cook, Debbie Hendricks
Professional Services Center
515 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Fax 334/269-3993
E-mail Debbie Cook



Flagstaff, Arizona GEMS Site
Laura Jauron and Jennifer Fields, Director of Education, GEMS Site Co-Directors
GEMS Site Associates:
Kristin Andersen, Kenric Kesler
Northern Arizona University
Center for Science Teaching and Learning
P.O. Box 5697
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5697
Fax 928/523-7953
E-mail Laura Jauron or Jackie Menasco

Tucson, Arizona GEMS Center
Elisabeth N. Roberts and Jennifer Fields, GEMS Center Co-Directors
Flandrau Science Center
University of Arizona
1601 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
E-Mail Elisabeth Roberts or Jennifer Fields

  Conway, Arkansas GEMS Center
Belinda Robertson, GEMS Center Director
Uma Garimella, ACMSE Center Director
University of Central Arkansas
Arkansas Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Main 212
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035-5003
Fax: 501/450-5009
E-mail Uma Garimella and Belinda Robertson

Kern County, California GEMS Center
Kathy Hill, GEMS Center Director
Office of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools
1300 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Fax 661/636-4135
E-mail Kathy Hill

Los Angeles County GEMS Center

Kelly Keeler, Professional Development Specialist
California Science Center
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, Ca 90037
Fax 213 /744-2052
E-mail: Kelley Keeler

Red Bluff, California GEMS Center
Maureen Clements, GEMS Center Director
Tehama County Office of Education
1135 Lincoln St.
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Fax 530/529-4120
E-mail Maureen Clements

Redding, California GEMS Center
Laurinda Willard, GEMS Center Director
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
840 Auditorium Drive
Redding, CA 96001
Fax 530/242-3126
E-mail Laurinda Willard

Sacramento, California GEMS Site
Suzette DelBono, GEMS Site Director
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
6301 S Street, MSA226
Sacramento, CA 95817
Fax 916/732-6229
E-mail Suzette DelBono

Stanislaus County, California GEMS Site
Sean Timmons, GEMS Site Director
Stanislaus County Office of Education
1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Fax 209/238-4241
E-mail Sean Timmons

Stockton, California GEMS Site
Stephanie Anderson, GEMS Site Director
San Joaquin County Office of Education
P.O. Box 213030
Stockton, CA 95213-9030
Fax 209/468-9170
E-mail Stephanie Anderson

Tulare County, California GEMS Center
Jennifer M. Janzen, GEMS Center Director
Tulare County Office of Education
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite A
Visalia, CA 93291
Fax 559/651-0516
E-mail Jennifer Janzen


  Eastern Connecticut GEMS Network Site
Jeanelle Day and Hope Marie Cook, GEMS Site Co-Directors
Eastern Connecticut State University
J. Eugene Smith Library
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
860/465-4532 (Jeanelle Day)
860/465-4456 (Hope Marie Cook)
Fax 860/465-5517
E-mail: Hope Marie Cook or
E-Mail Jeanelle Bland Day

Gainesville, Florida GEMS Site
ZoEllen Warren, GEMS Site Director
Alachua County Math & Science Partnership
620 East University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Fax 352/955-7140
E-mail: ZoEllen Warren

Tallahassee, Florida GEMS Center
Ellen Granger, GEMS Center Director
Florida State University
Office of Science Teaching Activities
King Life Sciences Bldg, Room 1062
319 Stadium Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295
Fax 850/644-9829
E-mail Ellen Granger

Vero Beach, Florida GEMS Site
Sue Curtis, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Chris Dugan, Joyce Parent
School District of Indian River County
1990 25th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Fax 772/564-3077


Atlanta, Georgia GEMS Site
Janet Brown, GEMS Site Director
Christ the King School
46 Peachtree Way
Atlanta, GA 30305
404/267-3668, or 404/233-0383, ext. 668
Fax 404/266-0704
E-mail Janet Brown

Athens, Georgia GEMS Site
Pamela Parks, GEMS Site Director
Oconee River Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center
GEMS Site Associates: Pamela Parks and Martie Hutchens
375 Winter Street
Winterville, GA 30683
Fax 706/742-8928
E-mail Pamela Parks


Chicago, Illinois GEMS Site
Lindsay Bartolone, GEMS Site Director
Demi Brand, GEMS Co-Director
Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
312/322-0316 (Lindsay)
312/322-0510 (Demi)
E-mail Lindsay Bartolone or Demi Brand

Grayslake, Illinois GEMS Site
Jennie Winters , GEMS Site Director
GEMS Associate: Vicki Slafter
Lake County Educational Services
Division of Lake County Regional Office
19525 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
847/223-3400, ext. 213
Fax 847/223-3415
E-mail Jennie Winters

Rockford, Illinois GEMS Site
Barb Jaquet, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Barb Browning, Brenda Cox, Bess Bloxer
Linell Lasswell
300 Heart Blvd.
Loves Park, IL 61111-7516
815/636-3040 ext. 243
Fax 815/636-3069
E-mail Barb Jaquet


Fort Wayne, Indiana GEMS Site
Jenny Young, GEMS Site Director
Science Central
1950 North Clinton
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260/424-2400, ext. 442
Fax 260/422-2899
E-mail Jenny Young

Indianapolis, Indiana GEMS Site
Wayne Hilson, GEMS Site Director
Indiana University (IU)
School of Education at Indianapolis
Teachers Resource Center
902 West New York Street
Room 1125 E-F
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Fax 317/278-4292
E-mail Wayne Hilson

Merrillville, Indiana GEMS Site
Lara Gonzalez, Angela Petyko, and Kristin Enderle, GEMS Co-Site Directors
Douglas Center for Environmental Education
c/o Lake County Solid Waste Management District
7800 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410
219/769-3820 or 219/938-8221
Fax 219/769-3890
E-mail Lara Gonzalez or Angla Petyko or Kristen Enderle

  Bettendorf, Iowa GEMS Site
Becky Ortner, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Glenn Boyles, Denny Moore
Family Museum of Arts and Science
2900 Learning Campus Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Fax 563/344-4164
E-mail Becky Ortner

Clear Lake, Iowa GEMS Site
Laurie Hayzlett and Dee Dienst, GEMS Site Co-Directors
GEMS Site Associates:
Laurie Hayzlett, John Cook, Ginny Elliot, Linda McCartney, Malene Reese
Area Education Agency 267
Clear Lake Office
9148 265th Street Suite B
Clear Lake, IA 50428-8507
Fax 641/357-3201

Laurie Hayzlett
Area Education Agency #267
Cedar Falls Office
3712 Cedar Heights Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Fax 319/273-8219
E-Mail Laurie Hayzlett

Dee Dienst
Area Education Agency #267
Clear Lake Office
9148 265th Street, Suite B
Clear Lake, IA 50428-8507
E-Mail Dee Dienst
Kansas (also Serving Missouri)

Greater Kansas City GEMS Site
Lauranne Hess, GEMS Site Director
15001 West 77th Terrace
Lenexa, KS 66216
E-mail Lauranne Hess

blue gem Kentucky

Bowling Green, Kentucky GEMS Center
Jeanine Huss, GEMS Center Director
Western Kentucky University
317 Tate Page Hall
1906 College Heights Blvd., #61030
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
E-mail: Jeanine Huss

blue gem Louisiana

Baton Rouge GEMS Site
Gayle Glusman, GEMS Site Coordinator
GEMS contact phone: 225/892-8657
GEMS contact fax: 985/792-0358
Email Gayle Glusman
LA GEMS Site located at:
Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy

Brenda Nixon, Ph.D., Assistant Director
222 Prescott Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Cain Center phone: 225/578-4082
Cain Center fax: 225/578-4522
Email: Brenda Nixon


Southwick, Massachussetts GEMS Site
Mary Fernandez-Sierra, GEMS Site Director
Woodland Elementary School
86 Powder Mill Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Fax 413/569-1721
Email: Mary Fernandez-Sierra


Central Michigan GEMS Center
Jim McDonald, GEMS Center Director
Center Associates: Jim McDonald, Shane Cavanaugh, Lynn Dominguez, Bruce Patterson, Bill Leibfritz, Allison Webster, Amy Prater-Manor
EHS 132
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Fax 989/774-3152

  Bemidji, Minnesota GEMS Site
Laddie Elwell, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Chris Tolman and Kitura Main
Headwaters Science Center
413 Beltrami Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601
Fax 218/444-4473
E-mail Kitura Main or Chris Tolman or Laddie Elwell

Cleveland, Mississippi GEMS Site
Malcolm McEwan
Center for Science/Environmental Education (CSEE)
Delta State University
Division of Biological and Physical Sciences
Box 3262
Cleveland, MS 38733
Fax 662/846-4798
E-mail Malcolm McEwan

Missouri (also serving Kansas)

St. Louis, Missouri GEMS Site
Sharon Anibal, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates: Sharon Anibal, Lydia Toth
Missouri Botanical Garder
PO Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166
Fax 314/577-9592
E-mail Sharon Anibal

  Greater Kansas City GEMS Site
Lauranne Hess, GEMS Site Director
15001 West 77th Terrace
Lenexa, KS 66216
E-mail Lauranne Hess
New Hampshire

Keene, New Hampshire GEMS Site
Deborah Black, GEMS Site Director
Professor of Education - Elementary Education
Keene State College
134S Rhodes Hall
Keene, NH 03431
Fax 603/358-2569
GEMS Site Associates:
Linda Balk, M.Ed., Kindergarten Teacher
Heather Pelkey, M.Ed., Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Winchester School
85 Parker Street
Winchester, NH 03470
E-mail: Deborah Black, Heather Pelkey

New Jersey
  Madison, New Jersey GEMS Site
Margaret Codey, interim point of contact
Email: Margaret Codey
New Mexico
  Albuquerque, New Mexico GEMS Site
Deb Novak, GEMS Site Director
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375
Fax 505/841-2866
E-mail Jayne Aubele
New York

Fredonia, New York GEMS Center
Michael Jabot, GEMS Center Director
Institute for Research in Science Training
21 Houghton Hall
Fredonia, NY 14063
E-mail Michael Jabot


Carson City, Nevada GEMS Site
Gail Bushey, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Gail Bushey, Rachel Baker, C.J. O'Brien,
Kerry Angel, Christine Whitcomb
Carson Middle School
1140 West King St
Carson City, NV 89702
Fax 775/267-3920
E-mail Gail Bushey

North Carolina
  Chapel Hill, North Carolina GEMS Site
Pat Shane, GEMS Site Director
Center for Math and Science Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
309 Peabody CB#3500
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500
Fax 919/962-0588
E-mail Pat Shane

Canton/Akron, Ohio GEMS Site
Nancy Varian and Beth Clark-Thomas, Co-Directors
Center for Professional Development
School of Education and Human Development
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Ave. NW.
Canton, Ohio 44709
E-mail Nancy Varian

Greater Cleveland, Ohio GEMS Site
Bill Badders, GEMS Site Director
Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers
1157 Sylvania Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44121
Fax 216/631-3889
E-mail Bill Badders
Rowenna Ricketts, GEMS Assistant Director
Email: Rowenna Ricketts

Southwest Ohio GEMS Site
Steve Geresy, GEMS Site Director
Hamilton County ESC
11083 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231-1499
Fax 513/742-8339


Moore, Oklahoma GEMS Site
Joy Hayes, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Ronnie Eckert, Shelley Jaques, Kristen Kuepker,
Angela McGraw, Nikki Stein, Shawna Wilson
Moore Public Schools
1500 S.E. 4th Street
Moore, OK 73160
Fax 405/793-3256
E-mail: Joy Hayes

  Central Pennsylvania GEMS Site
Judy Zaenglein, GEMS Site Director
Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science
Penn State Capital College
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W-351C Olmstead Bldg
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
E-mail Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science
Fax 717/948-6064
South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina GEMS Site
Betty Hadden, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Betty Hadden, Kathy Briggs
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, SC 29615
E-mail Betty Hadden

South Dakota
  Pierre, South Dakota GEMS Site
Kristie Maher, GEMS Site Director
South Dakota Discovery Center
805 W. Sioux Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
E-mail Kristie Maher

Chattanooga, Tennessee GEMS Site
Stacey Roddy and Jamie Parris, GEMS Site Co-Directors
Hamilton County Department of Education
3074 Hickory Valley Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Fax 423/209-8470
E-mail Stacey Roddy

Kingsport, Tennessee/Weber City, Virginia GEMS Site
Renee Polson and Tammy Quillen, GEMS Site Co-Directors
Washington Elementary School
1200 Bellingham Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660
Fax 423/378-2470
E-mail Renee Polson


Arlington, Texas GEMS Center
Debbie Vernon, GEMS Site Director
River Legacy Living Science Center
703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
Fax 817/860-1595
E-mail Debbie Vernon

Austin, Texas GEMS Center
Karen Ostlund, Austin GEMS Center Director
6405 Dry Bend Cove
Austin, TX 78731
E-mail Karen Ostlund

Austin, Texas GEMS Center
Vanessa Westbrook, GEMS Coordinator
University of Texas, Dana Center
1616 Guadalupe Ste #3.206
Austin, TX 78701
Fax 512/232-1855
E-mail Vanessa Westbrook or Brian Kinnel

Commerce, Texas GEMS Site
Gil Naizer, GEMS Site Director
GEMS Site Associates:
Rhonda Clark, MaryBeth Sampson
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
Fax 903/886-5581

Houston, Texas GEMS Center
Lisa Felske, GEMS Site Director
Harris County Office of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022-5618
Fax 713/696-0736
E-mail Lisa Felske

Huntsville, Texas GEMS Site
Susan Bohan, GEMS Site Director
Region 6 Educational Service Center
3332 Montgomery Road
Huntsville, TX 77340
Fax 936/435-8385
E-mail Susan Bohan
Download a brochure outlining offerings at the site.

Lewisville, Texas GEMS Site
Suzanne Melton, GEMS Site Director
Lewisville Independent School District
1800 Timbercreek Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Fax 972/355-8851
E-mail Suzanne Melton

Odessa, Texas GEMS Site
Susan Nix and Susan Hardy, GEMS Site Co-Directors
GEMS Site Associates:
Janett Frentress, Debbie Bynum, Nancy Clark,
Becky Stanford
Ector County Independent School District
P.O. Box 3912
Odessa, TX 79760
Fax 432/331-7849
E-mail Susan Nix

San Antonio, Texas GEMS Site
Peggy Carnahan, GEMS Site Director
Karen Harrower, GEMS Site Co-Director
Our Lady of the Lake University
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207
210/434-6711, ext. 2743 (Peggy)
E-Mail Peggy Carnahan
E-Mail: Karen Harrower

Seabrook, Texas GEMS Site
Anne Mangas-Smith, GEMS Site Director
Clear Creek Independent School District
2425 East Main Street
League City, TX 77573
Fax 281/284-9906
E-mail Anne Mangas-Smith

  Weber City, Virginia/Kingsport, Tennessee GEMS Site
Tammy Quillen and Renee Polson, GEMS Site Co-Directors
Washington Elementary School
1100 Bellinham Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660
Fax 423/378-2470
E-Mail Renee Polson

The Port Townsend, Washington GEMS Site
Laura Tucker, Site Director
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
P.O. Box 329
Port Townsend, WA 98368
E-Mail Laura Tucker

West Virginia
  Charleston, West Virginia GEMS Center
Lewis Ferguson, GEMS Center Director
The Clay Center
1 Clay Square
300 Leon Sullivan Way
Charleston, WV 25301
Fax 304/561-3598
E-mail Lewis Ferguson

Casper, Wyoming GEMS Site
Michelle Wistisen
Casper Planetarium
904 North Poplar
Casper, WY 87604
E-mail Michelle Wistisen


Bahrain GEMS Center
Ms. Buena Gracia Canzana, Director
Engr. Arnel F. Hibo, Co-Director
AMA School of Basic Education
AMA International University Bahrain W.L.L.
P.O. Box 18041
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel. No. +973-17244801 or +973-17244800
Fax: +973-17233211
Email :

Japan GEMS Center
Shigeyuki Okajima, Japan GEMS Center, General Director
Midori M. Shibahara, Contact person
Japan Environmental Education Forum
5-10-15, Shinjyuku, Shinjyuku-ku
Tokyo, Japan 160-0022
+81 3-3350-6770
Fax: +81 3-3350-7818

Jordan GEMS Center
Ms. Abla Zuraykat, GEMS Center Director
The Center for Excellence in Education
P.O.Box 830578 Amman 11183 Jordan
+962-6 5238216
Fax: + 962-6 5234231

Korea GEMS Site
Young Re Kwon, GEMS Site Director
Center for Math and Science Education
420-9 Gangnam-Gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea
+82 2-3668-4674
Email: Young Re Kwon

Philippines GEMS Center
Arnel F. Hibo and Ana Pil, GEMS Center Co-Directors
St. Augustine International School
AMA Computer University
#59 Panay Avenue, Quezon City
Philippines 1100
+63 2/373-3901 local to 8231
Fax: +63 2/373-9912

Singapore GEMS Center
Lim Hwee Hoon, GEMS Center Director
Formation Centre
36H Dunearn Road
#02-46 Chancery Court
Singapore 309433
Fax: +65-6251-9190

Thailand GEMS Site
Tulaya Manomaiudom, GEMS Site Director
29/42 Muangthong Thani
Chaengwatana Road
Nonthaburi 11120
+66 2 984-0213
Fax: +66 2 503-2954

Turkey GEMS Site
Mrs. Ece Milliyetci, GEMS Site Director
Ms. Filiz Gonenli
Primary School Principal
Enka Schools
Sadi Gulcelik Spor Sitesi
Istinye 34460
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 (212) 705 63 09
Fax: +90 (212) 276 82 94
E-mail: Mrs. Ece Milliyetci
Ms. Filiz Gonenli

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