My current research investigates the role of district science coordinators, how they support teacher change and retention, and work to increase student achievement. There has been very little research in this area over the last 30-40 years, and my work seeks to build this area of research. Work in this area has the potential to illuminate areas where district science coordinators need support and to suggest standards for individuals working in this position. As a result of my work, I have developed a broad understanding of the research on teacher change, leadership, professional development, and district effectiveness. My long-term career goals involve continued research regarding how science coordinators can best support teacher change and retention and influence student achievement. I hope to use my findings to inform policy and to build the literature in this area.
I am also currently researching science teacher leadership and how to build science teacher leaders in rural South Carolina. I hope to continue to investigate other areas of interest, including pre-service and in-service teacher professional development, teacher leadership, differentiation, the nature of science, and technology integration.
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