My background in education started with15 plus years as a classroom educator with more than a dozen of those years teaching here in Edgewood ISD. I have an undergraduate degree in chemistry with teaching certifications in secondary composite science and also career and technology related to engineering. I have a master's degree from UT San Antonio in Curriculum & Instruction. I am currently working on a doctorate from UT San Antonio in Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching. My research interests are related to novel uses of educational robotics in the primary grades. More specifically, I am interested in learning how the integration of a digital storytelling component with educational robotics activities impacts primary grade students.
While the chemistry teacher at the Math & Science Academy in EISD, I founded the FIRST Robotics Competition team that still exists today and is located at the Memorial HS Toltech STEM Academy. Work on developing the robotics team lead to summer camps for students in partnership with the Advanced Academics program here in Edgewood and eventual work with Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College to create the Texas Institute for Educational Robotics, TIER.
I have a passion for everything STEM and that passion has lead me to learn a lot about developing community partnerships and grant writing and grant management. I owe a lot of the early successes to my STEM work here in Edgewood ISD to the many district and campus administrators who supported the development of the robotics and engineering programs.
I continue to grow in my knowledge of how schools and school districts operate as well as managing grants. I look forward to the many new things that I will learn in this new position in support of Gus Garcia faculty and students with the TTIPS grant.
My goals as the grant administrator is to help meet the needs of both students and staff at Gus Garcia by appropriately applying grant funds as allowed by the grant guidelines. I also will compile the appropriate types and amounts of evidence to document grant impacts on student performance and the learning environment of Gus Garcia middle school.