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President-Elect: Linda Schaake

2018-2019 stat executive committee

linda schaake

Classroom Teacher (Retired)

Brady ISD

 

 
 
 

Position Statement:

In a socio-political culture that veils science as a threat, rather than a foundation, to building civilized discourse among thinkers, the Science Teachers Association of Texas is positioned to lead science educators to defend and advance science teaching’s role in support of Texas school students.

 

STAT stands in the vanguard building and strengthening teacher networks, advancing science education issues to policymakers, and offering professional development opportunities statewide. Its vision to be the primary resource for Texas science educators is clear and realized.

 

As President-Elect, the three-year Executive Board tenure is an ideal venue through which these strengths can be advanced even further. I pledge to take STAT to a larger stage where our collective expertise and experience can prominently display our integral role in the larger Texas education community. Specifically, initiating a five-year plan to research, review, recommend, test and implement innovative ways to:

  • Generate revenue beyond membership and registration fees;
  • Use our media presence to increase our regional and national presence and to become a default resource for science inquiry;
  • Take advantage of our role as Texas science advocates to increase our prominence on provocative national and global science issues;
  • Bring CAST’s already-efficient meeting structure forward to include a career center, town hall meetings, TED talks, open mic sessions, debates, lab school experiences and professional development threads that incorporate the fine arts, and finding creative ways to make CAST even more accessible to teachers in small, rural Texas schools and teachers in West Texas and Panhandle schools;
  • Establish a speakers’ bureau for science education;
  • Use our association management team in even more productive and efficient ways to best serve members; and
  • Establish an outreach program to connect with education professionals across the spectrum who affect science education – athletic coaches, fine arts teachers, reading specialists, and special education leaders.

STAT’s role in legislative advocacy is a unique bridge between science teachers, policymakers and the public. We offer a platform that facilitates communication, clear thinking and decision-making, and relevancy in the science community of Texas. I propose that this bridge also reach media beyond the state level to position STAT as a credentialed standard for leadership among state associations nationwide. Advocacy is a risk-taking venture – one that reaps benefits far beyond the classroom. In a time of polarized opinions on topics trivial and large, STAT can become even more crucial in making educated, evidence-based discourse the standard rather than the exception.

I will ask Texas science teachers to step up to their calling, to turn their daily experiences into a bridge across the hall, across the campus, across the state – so that their peers can build on their good work in making science accessible and valued by all Texas students.


Biographical Sketch:

I am proud to have worked in Texas public education for 27 years. Beginning in El Paso and working throughout rural Central Texas school districts, I was mentored by teachers and science leaders whose vision, creativity and forward thinking kept me connected and "sparked" by their enthusiasm, for which I am grateful.

 

My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, Master of Science degree from the University of North Texas and Mid-Management Certificate from Sul Ross State University. I have been involved in ESC Regional Science Collaboratives in Regions XIX and XV. For two years, I have served Texas science teachers on the STAT Executive Committee as Member-at-Large. In that capacity, I have chaired the Scholarship Committee and worked with board members to help STAT best serve the best interests of Texas science teachers. What a pleasure it is to meet so many bright, involved teachers and volunteers on the committee who serve to give Texas science teachers greater access to our amazing CAST experience!

 

As a coach’s wife, my work history followed a circuitous route throughout Texas. On that route, I was able to use my teaching, library science training and leadership potential to help other teachers develop and write science curriculum, engage in professional development and nurture each other in the teaching process. As a former medical librarian, I taught medical students how to use medical databases and saw firsthand how their early enthusiasm for science and technology was the foundation for their career successes and fulfillment.

 

After this varied and exciting professional route from which I took so much to help my students learn and love science, I am now ready to give back to the science education community.

The Science Teachers Association of Texas

 

 

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