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Secretary: Jennifer Meyer

2018-2019 stat executive committee

Jennifer Meyer

Senior Coordinator, Elementary Science

Leander ISD

 

 
 

Position Statement:

I have been involved in multiple state science organizations for the past 10 years; however, after having the opportunity to serve on the 2018 TEKS Streamlining Committee for 3-5, I have seen the importance of being a leader and advocate for science education and educators. Because of this, I am interested in continuing my professional leadership and growth by serving science teachers in the State of Texas as a board member for STAT. I have had leadership experiences at the local and regional level and would like to expand my support at the state level. I have presented three out of the past four years at CAST, an experience that has been extremely rewarding to myself and my elementary science curriculum team. Being able to collaborate and share ideas with other science educators to build content knowledge and instructional expertise among all of us is very important to me as a professional. I am excited to have the opportunity to become an active volunteer with the association with the hopes of pursuing additional board positions in the future.

 

The field of science is rapidly changing the world in which we live. It is important as educators that we are providing our students opportunities to engage and grow in their science content knowledge and understanding by providing learning experiences and opportunities that prepare them for novel situations that currently do not exist. Our students need scientific opportunities that engage them in hands-on inquiry; allow them to collaborate with other students and experts in the field inside and outside of their schools; and enable them to consider problems of today and tomorrow and ways that they can be solved. They also need opportunities to learn how to be critical thinkers as they analyze data and solutions from all sides and look for ways to improve. 

 

My goal for STAT would be that STAT become a greater resource to science educators in the State of Texas beyond the annual conference (CAST). An organization that actively plans for and prepares educators for our changing world. An organization to which teachers regularly turn when seeking professional and instructional information about current research and practices in science education. An organization where educators at all levels can explore and implement best practices in science education for their classrooms and schools. An organization that prepares and assists our educators with changes that occur in science instruction and education at the state level. My goal is to make STAT the “go-to” association for science educators in the state of Texas for any science-related issue.


Biographical Sketch:

Jennifer Meyer is a 23-year educator. She received her Bachelor’s in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s in Educational Administration from Concordia University. During her career in education, she has been a special education teacher, elementary and middle school teacher, science specialist, and science curriculum specialist. Jennifer is currently the Senior Coordinator for Elementary Science in Leander ISD. She is an active member of the Central Texas Science Consortium, TSELA, STAT, NSTA, Learning Forward and Texas ASCD. Jennifer also served on the 2018 Streamlining TEKS Committee for grades 3-5. She has assisted in creating online PBL courses for the Region 13 Education Service Center and co-authored the book Blueprint for Building a STEM Program.

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