Lesley instructor Juliana Texley is named president of the National Science Teachers Association, the world’s largest professional science-teaching organization
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Now, Dr. Texley has taken the helm of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
During her term as president, Texley is focusing on growing NSTA’s membership, visiting as many state groups as she can, and building bridges with educators across all math, science and engineering disciplines.
“I thought there was a lot of good that I could do,” said Texley, who teaches science in education at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education. “One hundred years ago, we never thought about dividing math and science. If you think about Galileo watching the chandelier swing, he didn’t say ‘Is this math, science, or engineering?’ Children don't do that either. We teach them to divide things up. The adults do it because we think it’s a little intimidating to teach all those subjects, but the more you work with the math teacher across the hall, the more you realize there is a lot in common.”
Dr. Texley has been teaching at Lesley University for a decade. She has taught a number of online courses such as life science and a course titled “Investigating Equitable Science Classrooms,” which examines ways to modify the curriculum for diverse students. This includes accounting for different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds as well as learning styles and disabilities.
“’Equity’ is a lovely course in which my students learn the methods for researching an educational problem, and it prepares them for doing a greater project later in their careers,” she explains. “I love the Lesley students. They are very professional and so inspiring in their approach and commitment to education.”
Dr. Nicole Weber, director of Lesley’s online Science in Education master’s program, says Texley is not only an asset to Lesley students, but to the entire program.
“Juliana Texley is a cornerstone of the program. She has an incredible grasp of what’s going on in science education and at other universities, and she realizes Lesley has a real niche with engineering education and supports that," says Weber. "And she's chosen to be with us, which is really a gift to the program and the university.”
Adds Texley, “Our department was probably the first in the nation to infuse engineering into all the courses. I’m very proud that Lesley is way ahead on this.”
Dr. Texley has been a science teacher for nearly 30 years, including service as assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Anchor Bay School District in Michigan. In addition to Lesley, Texley teaches at Palm Beach State College and Central Michigan University. She has also worked with various stakeholder groups on the Next Generation Science Standards to develop a curriculum for JASON/National Geographic.
“Dr. Texley will make an outstanding president this year,” according to Dr. David Evans, NSTA executive director. “We look forward to her leadership, and being able to share her experience, innovative ideas, and her passion for science with NSTA members and with the larger science education community.”
Texley has been a member of NSTA for more than three decades and is serving a one-year term as president. Based in Arlington, VA, NSTA has approximately 55,000 members, Learn more about her role and her career here.
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