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Member-at-Large: Jeanette Escobar

2018-2019 stat executive committee

Jeanette escobar

Fifth-Grade Science Instruction/Campus Lead

El Paso ISD

 

 
 
 
Position Statement:

It is truly an honor to be nominated for a position on the Science Teachers Association of Texas Executive Committee. Being a science educator in El Paso, Texas, in the El Paso Independent School District, I have the ability to reach many science educators, administrators, community members and affiliates in West Texas. Science in our West Texas schools is not being taught as it should, and from the very early years in elementary, it is being severely neglected; when students begin to reach the critical years such as fourth- and fifth-grade, they have many gaps in their science learning, and when they get to middle to school, they feel lost. It is very sad because it is not the students’ fault, but the educators who have a fear of teaching science.


As a member of the STAT Executive Board, I will be able to promote the importance of science education beginning in the early years, emphasizing a strong foundation for all students so that they may be successful in their academic careers and in their futures. I will be able to lead science educators to promote and defend the teaching and advancement of science beginning as early as kindergarten and all the way up post-high school years. Being a member will enable me as a science educator to strengthen teacher networks, provide further professional development for all areas of science, and be a voice to policymakers to ensure that Texas science teachers are heard and taken care of so that that they can be successful in teaching science. 


STAT’s role for educators is to bridge that gap of teaching a regular curriculum that does not grab a student’s interest, but instead, teachers reaching out to our students through out-of-the-box thinking, experiences and knowledge that they gain by attending professional networking through CAST, Mini-CAST and other Texas science education events. I believe that if I am a member of this awesome committee, I will be able to bridge that gap for teachers in El Paso, Texas, and all the surrounding districts and regions. Right now teachers are not attending science trainings, and definitely not CAST or Mini-CAST in El Paso due to lack of motivation and funding. I know that I can get all off this off the ground being a member of this board. I will do my best and I will bring science back to the classrooms and science labs so that students will be enthusiastic about science fairs and STEAM projects and be prepared for middle and high school science so that they will have a promising future in STEAM careers.

 
I will be the voice of West Texas science teachers. I will ensure that all teachers step up to the plate in their schools and districts, and I will support them so that they can build their knowledge in making science a priority to all Texas students.


Biographical Sketch:

I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself and give you a brief insight as to who I am as an educator and individual. First of all, I would like to say I am honored to be an educator in Texas. I have been teaching science to students and teachers in Texas for over 14 years; not only do I get to help students succeed in their academic endeavors, but also I have had the opportunity to teach and learn from colleagues in the El Paso Independent School District and at UTEP and the University of Phoenix. 


My education includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science, master’s in Educational Psychology and Technology, master’s in Education Administration and Principal Licensure, Master Teacher Certification, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. I have been teaching science in various forms for over 14 years; I have been a classroom science teacher, science lab instructor, science coach, and teacher mentor. I have been fortunate to work with students in K-12 and at the university level with undergrad and graduate students. I have been involved with Region 19 and the Science Network Collaborative for over eight years, along with the UTEP STEM NASA program for three years. Teaching science in Texas is truly a wonderful experience. We as science instructors just need to get more educators to feel the same; it is our future.

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