STAT Teacher Spotlight

STAT is the association that inspires and equips you to be an impactful science educator through connections with other passionate science teachers across the state. From Beaumont to Amarillo and El Paso to Texarkana (and everywhere in between), the STAT community is made up of thousands of dedicated science teachers who inspire discovery of the world through science every day.

To showcase some of the amazing talent in Texas science classrooms, outstanding teachers and their inspiring stories will be featured through the STAT Teacher Spotlight. This video Q&A series gives a voice to and celebrates teachers from all backgrounds who are influencing the lives of Texas students.

If you know a colleague with an amazing story, nominate them to be featured in a future Teacher Spotlight by emailing STAT at [email protected] with the subject line Teacher Spotlight.

The STAT Teacher Spotlight is an initiative of the STAT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. To learn more or get involved with this effort, contact STAT at [email protected].

In the December 2021 Spotlight: Kimberly Glover, Sheldon ISD


Kimberly Glover, a fifth-grade science teacher in Sheldon ISD, has always loved science. She graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Soon after she enrolled in an ACP program and has been teaching science ever since. She likes to teach using discrepant events or science mysteries to keep students engaged. Kimberly loves participating in field trips where students get exposure to real-world science. She’s currently a Noyce Master Teacher Fellow at Rice University where she’s developing her leadership capacity in the classroom.

About the Host

Matthew Cushing serves as the Executive Director for the Office of STEM Engagement at Rice University (R-STEM) who’s mission is to build STEM knowledge, skills, and leadership by providing innovative high-quality Pre-K through career STEM learning experiences and enhancing the broader impacts of Rice University’s research. R-STEM accomplishes this mission through various professional development programs for educators, research internships for community college students, summer enrichment camps for K–12 students, and STEM outreach events held throughout the year. Matthew holds a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston. Follow him on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.

In the September 2021 Spotlight: Brittany Schwartz, Katy ISD


Brittany Schwartz’s interest in science education was sparked while participating in CISER (Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research) at Texas Tech University. After graduation, she joined Teach for America to teach high school science in Chicago and New Orleans. After 6 years, she returned to her home state of Texas and currently teaches eighth-grade science and coaches Science Olympiad at Adams Junior High in Katy ISD. She is passionate about modeling how professional scientists “do science” in the classroom. Follow her on Twitter.

About the Host

Shane Woods serves as the Senior Director of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence, which is a 92-acre living laboratory where kids of all ages can explore and develop their competence and confidence in science, technology, engineering, and math—all while cultivating essential skills, such as confidence, resilience, leadership, risk-taking, and problem solving. Shane holds a Master of Science in Education from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science, Biological Science from Xavier University of Louisiana. Follow her on Twitter and connect with her on LinkedIn.

In the July 2021 Spotlight: Ramon Benavides, El Paso


Ramon Benavides has been passionately teaching about the fascinating world of biology for the last 12 years at Del Valle High School and El Paso Community College. Through his work, he hopes to produce future STEM leaders from the El Paso Border Region. He enjoys serving as a role model for youth with socioeconomic backgrounds and educational attainment obstacles similar to those he encountered growing up in South Texas. He also enjoys fishing, hiking, and camping with his wife and son. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

About the Host

Uchenna Emenaha is a former public school science teacher having taught at both the middle school and high school level. She is currently an assistant professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. Her research informs and is informed by culturally responsive teaching practices. When she is not teaching you can find her working out or attending a live music event. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.