Institution/Department/Title: Metro RESA – Science Instructional Supervisor, K-12
Degrees & Institutions:
-B.S. – North Georgia College
-M.Ed. – North Georgia College
-Ph.D. candidate – Georgia State University in Teaching & Learning Science Education
Education Career & Background:
-Metro RESA – K-12 Science Instructional Supervisor
-Georgia Tech – Program Director the GIFT (Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers) program
-Taught middle and high school earth, life and physical sciences for 18 years
I currently work as the K-12 Science Instructional Supervisor at Metropolitan Regional Services Agency (Metro RESA). At Metro RESA, I coordinate the K5 science endorsement program and conduct professional development workshops on science content (GPS), inquiry, differentiation, and literacy. I am currently seeking a PhD in Teaching & Learning in Science Education at Georgia State University. I have finished my coursework and am in the process of starting my dissertation. My research interests include teacher pedagogical content knowledge, research experience programs for teachers, inquiry and the learning cycle. I received a B.S. and M.Ed. in Science Education from North Georgia College and taught science at the middle and high school levels for 18 years.
During my time as a teacher I was very fortunate to have taught a variety of grades levels and science disciplines. These opportunities gave me insight to cross curricular connections and vertical alignment along with developmental differences in students at different grade levels. One of the greatest factors that influenced me as a teacher was participating in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s GIFT (Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers) program for science and math teachers. Through this program, I worked in a water chemistry laboratory in a Georgia Power plant, with a developmental biologist at Emory University and with an atmospheric physicist at Clark Atlanta University. These fellowships gave me insights to science I had never experienced before and gave me an opportunity to develop inquiry lessons to engage my students in real world problems.
I was fortunate to work as a facilitator for the GIFT program and had the opportunity to work with teacher fellows by helping them translate their experience back to their classrooms. In 2003, I became the Program Director of the program and was responsible for coordinate internships for teachers across the state in industries and at universities.
Description of role(s) on the project:
My roles in the project include serving on the project leadership team and contributing to the direction and content of the program’s activities and strategic goals. I am also assisting in the coordination of the professional development including the teacher leader endorsement and seminars on pedagogical topics in the context of chemistry and physics.
What drew you to the Noyce Project? What do you hope to gain from your involvement?
I am very interested in the development of teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge. PCK is described as the intersection of a teacher’s content and pedagogy knowledge. In other words, how teachers take their knowledge of content and make it understandable for their students. I am interested in the various factors that help teachers enhance their PCK over time. This is a unique opportunity for me to work closely with high school chemistry and physics as they explore ways to enhance their craft as teachers while exploring teacher leadership. I feel fortunate to be working with such a motivated group of teachers in a well thought out project developed by KSU and GSU faculty.