USEA is governed by an Executive Board of seven members, serving three year terms and meeting three times per year. At least one board member must be a master teacher from a UTeach program, and one member must be an alumnus of a UTeach program.
Paige K. Evans is a Clinical Professor in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) at the University of Houston (UH). Dr. Evans has served as a master teacher at UH since 2008 and has been instrumental in developing the teachHouston program, where she works with preservice secondary math/science teachers to teach innovative lessons as well as obtain Texas Teacher Certification. She currently serves as the PI/Co-PI on four NSF grants, is the director of the Noyce Internship and Scholarship Program, and actively publishes and presents on STEM education. She has been honored with the UH Teaching Excellence Award, the UH Group Teaching Excellence Award, and the NSM John. C. Butler Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to working at UH, she spent 18 years as a secondary math/science educator and served in various leadership positions including science department chair.
Dr. Case was an award-winning secondary science teacher for 20 years before returning to the University of Kansas in 1997. During his secondary teaching career, his work included the creation of the curriculum model that drove a collaborative research network of 180,000 students from 31 countries to use cutting-edge technology for scientific research. He has worked on a variety of curriculum development projects including Biology in the Community, Global Lab, and Ecology: A Systems Approach. He was Co-founder and Director of the Outdoor Education Laboratory, a not-for-profit environmental education organization. Dr. Case served as resident director of a tallgrass prairie nature center for 12 years, creating the management and restoration plan along with prairie education programming.
Dr. Case is a Research Associate Professor and Director of the Center for STEM Learning (CSTEM) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where he is a Co-Director of the UKanTeach STEM Teacher Preparation Program. During his time at KU, he also had the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Kansas Science Curriculum Standards writing committee, working extensively on developing high quality state science education standards amid a great deal of political controversy. Under his leadership at CSTEM, he has developed a number of grant-funded programs in support of STEM teacher development including: Extending Scientific Inquiry through Collaborative Geographic Information Systems (ESIC), a teacher development program designed to promote the use of geotechnologies in K-12 student research; United States and China: Seeking Common Environmental Research Strategies, a unique research and education collaboration between the University of Kansas and universities and schools in China; and The Kansas Partnership for Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education, in which graduate students in STEM disciplines work with local secondary schools to develop their science communication skills. For the KU School of Education, he has taught the elementary and secondary science methods classes.
MaLynn Kelso is Teaching Faculty in the FSU-Teach program at Florida State University. In addition to serving as the advisor for students pursuing earth/space science certification, MaLynn contributes to the program by finding ways to adapt innovative teaching practices and tools to the realities of teaching contexts, and through these efforts she has made substantive contributions to Step 1, Step 2, Classroom Interactions, and Project Based Instruction. Most recently, MaLynn has worked closely with STEM education researchers to use the Cognitive Demanding Task Framework as a tool to assist preservice teachers to plan and successfully enact more rigorous instruction in the classroom in an effort to increase their own students’ math and science learning. She has also played an important role in the development of Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in In-service and Pre-service Science Educators, designed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley, Department of Ecology State of Washington, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Rutgers University, and funded by NOAA. While these efforts have enhanced the FSU-Teach program, MaLynn’s involvement with research also contributes to the nationwide conversations on ways to better support the work of teachers and the learning of the students they serve.
MaLynn’s expertise has been refined via her own preparation as a geologist, her service in the Navy, as well as her 15 years of experience teaching middle grades science in high needs classrooms. This blend of experiences gives MaLynn a unique perspective in helping to prepare a new generation of highly qualified secondary mathematics and science teachers. During her tenure as a middle school teacher, MaLynn earned a National Board Certification in Middle Grades Science. MaLynn has been with FSU-Teach since 2008; she was the first Master Teacher hired in this program, and she has overseen the development of the partnership between FSU-Teach and the local school districts. MaLynn puts her knowledge of classrooms and teachers to work in her role in supporting the FSU-Teach alumni during their induction period, delivering in-service opportunities for practicing teachers, serving as the Veteran Liaison for the program, and offering training sessions for state certification for Clinical Educators. MaLynn is invaluable in these roles, as evidenced by her nominations for Excellent Teaching Awards and the Sallie May Beginners Teaching Award.
Martha M. Day is assistant professor of science education at Western Kentucky University. She serves as executive director of GSKyTeach and co-director of SKyTeach, programs that are part of a national initiative led by the National Mathematics and Science Initiative to improve teacher quality in the STEM disciplines. Dr. Day is a frequent presenter at national conferences on topics related to inquiry-based instruction, project based learning, increasing cognitive complexity in assessments, and content area literacy. She also trains school leaders and teachers in mentoring and coaching beginning teachers. Dr. Day has 15 years of K-12 teaching and administrative experience in urban school settings. Her current research and writing focuses on 5E inquiry science activities for the science classroom.
Elizabeth Goldberg is a graduate of both the UTeach bachelor's and Science Education master's programs at the University of Texas at Austin. After more than eight years' experience teaching high school biology, chemistry, physics, and AP Physics I in both Austin and McAllen, Texas, she was thrilled to become an Assistant Professor in Practice/Master Science Teacher at UTeach RGV. In this capacity, it is her goal to train the next generation of UTeach graduates to become innovators in inquiry-based STEM education.
Elizabeth is passionate about helping UTeach students, alumni, and teachers in the community change their teaching to be more student centered and inquiry based. To bring about this transformation, she has been involved in curriculum development for both Eanes and McAllen ISDs, presented at regional and national conferences on inquiry-based lessons and pedagogy, and was a member of the Texas State Board of Education Physics TEKS Streamlining Committee. She also organizes the UTeach RGV Terrific Tuesday monthly professional development series for UTeach alumni and pre-service teachers.
Elizabeth fills the role of the Alumni Representative on the USEA Board.
David Sparks joined UTeach Arlington and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as Visiting Assistant Professor of Science Education in 2013. In 2015, he became a tenure-track Assistant Professor and is currently Affiliate Faculty and a Research Fellow with the Center for African American Studies (CAAS). His research is focused on three distinct areas: (1) collaborative learning structures that strengthen both learning and diversity in STEM education, (2) intersectionality of race, gender, and identity in STEM students, and (3) the effectiveness and sustainability of mathematics and science teacher preparation programs. He has taught the capstone course for UTeach Arlington for the last five years.
Michael R.L. Odell is the Roosth Chair in Education and is a Professor of STEM Education with a joint appointment in the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler. He is currently one of the UTeach Tyler Co-Directors. In his tenure at UT Tyler, he has served in a number of administrative positions, including Vice President for Research, Director of Federal Relations, Director of the School of Education, Executive Director of the Ingenuity Center, and Associate Vice President of Sponsored Research. He oversees the Ingenuity Center, one of seven Texas Education Agency–designated STEM Centers. Michael began his career in education as an Earth Science teacher in Irving, Texas (1984–1990). He received his B.A. in Geoscience (1984) and M.A.T. in Science Education (1989) from the University of Texas at Dallas. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Science Education (1993) from Indiana University. He is best known for his work with the NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics (NOVA) program, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship program, Texas Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Texas STEM Center Coalition and the UT Tyler Innovation Academies. He has served as a National Space Grant Fellow at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (1995–1997) and as a Faculty Fellow at NASA Kennedy Space Center (2003) in Florida.
Mariam Manuel has served on the USEA Board since its inaugural term and has held the positions of Secretary and Alumni Representative. Mariam is also the founding chair of the UTeach Publications Committee and is leading the UTeach Day on the Hill advocacy initiative.
Mariam is a graduate from the University of HOUSTON teachHOUSTON program and of the UTeach Engineering Education Master’s program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an Instructional Assistant Professor/Master Teacher at the University of Houston for teachHOUSTON. Mariam is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in STEM Education with a concentration in Engineering Education through Texas Tech University and is on track to defend her dissertation in May 2019. Mariam also teaches Physics 4345, Physics for Pre-Service Teachers, a course that connects middle school physics state standards with content knowledge and instructional strategies that are designed to enhance student learning.
Additionally, Mariam teaches a graduate-level course, CUIN 6397, Fundamentals of Engineering Education, for the University of Houston STEM Master’s program provided through the College of Education. Mariam’s research interests include STEM teacher development, Engineering education, and Physics education. She is currently serving as Co-PI on two NSF grants and actively presents at national STEM education conferences. Prior to working at UH, Mariam taught Physics in Katy ISD, where she also served as a team lead and science instructional coach. For her efforts in STEM Education NMSI nominated Mariam for the White House Champions of Change award in 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Million Women Mentors Stand Up for STEM Award (Individual Mentor) which recognizes Mariam’s efforts in mentoring young girls and women to pursue STEM related career pathways.