About Us

The Texas STEM Coalition transforms STEM Education by leveraging the expertise, resources, and experiences of its member STEM Centers; we believe that all students must be prepared to thrive in our global economy.

About The Coalition

The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Coalition is a STEM Education focused 501c3 non-profit professional organization created to address the challenges of tomorrow’s technology-driven economy by researching, developing, and supporting best practices in STEM education for K-12 schools. The Texas STEM Coalition is comprised of T-STEM Centers and other members work to advance STEM in the K-12 sector. The coalition works with schools seeking T-STEM Designation or any school that wants to enhance STEM programming.

The Texas STEM Coalition and its members work with STEM Academies as well as all Texas schools to transform teaching and learning methods, improve achievement in STEM education, and ensure all students are STEM college-ready, career-ready, and life-ready.

Our Mission

The Texas STEM Coalition works directly with educators to prepare all Texas students to thrive in the 21st Century global economy by leveraging its extensive network of expertise, partnerships, resources and experiences. The Texas STEM Coalition goals include:

  • transform teaching and learning in STEM,
  • transform teacher preparation in STEM,
  • promote the implementation of innovative, research- and standards-based STEM practices that align with College and Career Readiness objectives, and
  • disseminate STEM best-practices through an effective state-wide alliance and beyond.

History

When STEM Centers were originally created, they were based on a competitive business model, the time has come to create a common governance to promote and support cooperation and collaboration to address the growing STEM needs across the state. Based on a common vision for STEM, they will provide guidance statewide in this endeavor. The proposed governance structure and standard operating procedures allow for each center to leverage their local expertise while sharing resources and research on common STEM efforts. The coalition design enables the centers to provide for comprehensive coverage across the state and allows them to leverage their resources in marketing, travel, representation at meetings, cluster meetings, trainings, fundraising, etc. The governance structure will allow the centers to respond more rapidly, to be strategic in their efforts, and to support a communication structure to promote shared knowledge and to address concerns.

Board of Directors

President

Dr. Grant A. Kessler

grant.kessler@esc13.txed.net

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Past President

Dr. Marguerite A. Sognier

masognie@UTMB.EDU

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Treasurer

Dr. Michael Odell

mrlodell@gmail.com

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Secretary

Ravae Shaeffer

Ravae.Shaeffer@esc20.net

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Board Member

Sylvia I. Escobar

sescobar@esc1.net

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Board Member

Dr. Joe Ferrara

joe.ferrara@austinisd.org

Team Members

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Executive Director of School Turnaround

David Simmons

david.simmons@austinisd.org

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School Support, Grants, Research and Evaluation

Linda Stearns

linda.stearns@austinisd.org

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Technical Specialist

Ben Zink

ben.zink@esc13.txed.net

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Mendez Middle School Liaison

Taylor Young

taylor.young@austinisd.org

Texas STEM Centers

The Texas STEM Coalition was founded by the original designated Texas Education T-STEM Center Directors to assure sustainability and continuation of support for K-16 STEM Education in Texas once state funding ended for the T-STEM Center Initiative. The following links connect to the Texas STEM Centers websites.

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