I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in science from the Mississippi University for Women and an EdD in curriculum, instruction, and administration from the University of North Texas. I began my career as a secondary science teacher working with students in grades 6-9 for 14 years. I later served as science teacher specialist, dean of instruction, and eventually supervisor for science in two large north Texas independent school districts. I joined the Rice University Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship recently as the assistant director for professional support. Prior to joining Rice, I was at the SRT-STEM Center as program director for the UTMB Office of Education Outreach.
Why I Joined the Accelerate Learning team
Accelerate Learning through STEMscopes and STEMcoach enables me to continue to influence teachers as they incorporate best practices in science classrooms for the benefit of all students. My passion is in science education at all levels and creating pathways that make it possible for everyone to be engaged and learning—from the student, to the teacher, to the administrator, and to all stakeholders in the education of children.
What I do at Accelerate Learning
I have the opportunity to watch and video wonderful teachers as they use many of the best practices we honor. I provide the background knowledge about curriculum and instructional practices in on-site workshops and through the STEMcoach online portion of the STEMscopes curriculum. Additionally, I am looking forward to the online support segment called “Talley’s Take”. It’s a give-and-take blog for educators who love to discuss STEM and want to share and learn new things.
My hope for the future classroom
My hope is that graduates from our schools will understand how they can influence and make a difference for their families and their communities through their knowledge of science and problem solving. We are on our way through STEM!
In my spare time…
I sail with my husband. We enjoy time on the water away from phones and computers. (Except those that help us navigate, watch the weather, and keep us from getting lost!) We sail in the Caribbean every year and race on local lakes and Galveston Bay all year ‘round.