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Faculty

Co-Directors

Dr. Jeffrey Morgan

Dr. Jeffrey Morgan
Associate Provost, Education Innovation and Technology
Director of the Center for Academic Support and Assessment (CASA)
Co-Director, teachHOUSTON
jmorgan@math.uh.edu
713-743-3455

Dr. Robert H. McPherson

Dr. Robert H. McPherson
Dean, College of Education
Co-Director, teachHOUSTON
College of Education
bmcph@uh.edu
713-743-5003

Associate Director

Paige Evans

Dr. Paige Evans
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Clinical Professor, Science Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
Associate Director, teachHOUSTON
pevans@uh.edu
713-743-3993
Office: Farish Hall 304D

Dr. Paige K. Evans is a Clinical Professor in the department of Mathematics at the University of Houston (UH) and the Associate Director of teachHOUSOTN program. She is currently a Fellow of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition and the Vice President/President Elect of the UTeach STEM Educators Association (USEA). She is the PI/Co-PI on several NSF grants, the director of the Noyce Internship and Scholarship Program, and actively publishes and presents on STEM teacher preparation and physics education research. She has been honored with the UH Teaching Excellence Award, the UH Group Teaching Excellence Award, and the Natural Science and Mathematics John. C. Butler Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to UH, she spent 18 years as a secondary math/science educator and served in various leadership positions including science department chair.

teachHOUSTON Faculty Members & Master Teachers

Jacqueline Ekeoba

Jacqueline Ekeoba
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Lecturer, Science Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
jnekeoba@central.uh.edu
713-743-0222
Office: Farish Hall 304E

Jacqueline Ekeoba is an alumna of the University of Houston and was part of the inaugural cohort of the teachHOUSTON program during its inception in 2007. Her involvement with the teachHOUSTON Program led to the creation of the teachHOUSTON Student Society as the first presidteachthe teachHOUSTON Alumni Association, and new teacher induction. She earned an M.A. in STEM Education and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. After several years teaching High School Science courses, Jacqueline served as a curriculum writer for various physical science courses and later as a Science Instructional Coach for the Katy Independent School District. Jacqueline combined her passion for serving in-service teachers with mentoring pre-service teachers and became a lecturer and Science Master Teacher for the teachHOUSTON program. Jacqueline mentors youth with her church congregation, and was awarded the 40 Under 40 Influential Award.

Laura Harlow

Laura Harlow
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Instructional Assistant Professor, Math Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
lmharlow@uh.edu
713-743-0551
Office: Farish Hall 304E

Laura Harlow taught secondary-level mathematics for 22 years, 3 years in a middle school setting and 19 years in Houston area high schools. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Lamar University. During her career, Ms. Harlow has taught 8th grade math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR). With Texas state certifications in Secondary Mathematics, Master Mathematics Teacher, Computer Science, and Technology Applications, Laura has a varied skill set that she shares with the pre-service teachers in the teachHOUSTON program. Ms. Harlow enjoys mentoring young educators and sharing her love of teaching.

Cheryl Latiolais

Cheryl Latiolais
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Clinical Associate Professor, Math Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
cslatiol@central.uh.edu
713-743-2853
Office: Farish Hall 304D

Cheryl Latiolais began her career with a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. After several years teaching High School Mathematics she became a curriculum writer and professional development specialist for the Houston Independent School District. She earned her Master of Arts in Education from Lamar University and is currently serving as Master Teacher in the teachHOUSTON program.

Mariam Manuel

Dr. Mariam Manuel
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Instructional Assistant Professor, Science Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
mamanuel@central.uh.edu
713-743-3429
Office: Farish Hall 304E

Mariam Manuel, M.A. Engineering Education, is a proud graduate of the University of Houston and was part of the inaugural cohort of the teachHOUSTON program during its inception in 2007. Currently, Mariam Manuel serves as an Instructional Assistant Professor / Master Teacher for the teachHOUSTON program. In addition to her work for teachHOUSTON, Mariam teaches Physics for Pre-Service Middle School Teachers. She also authored and teaches the engineering education courses, Fundamentals of Engineering Education and Projects in Engineering Design, for the University of Houston STEM Master’s program provided through the College of Education. She is currently Co-PI on two NSF grants regarding engineering education and teacher leadership. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Million Women Mentors Stand Up for STEM Award which recognizes Mariam’s efforts in mentoring young girls and women to pursue STEM related career pathways.

Ramona Mateer

Ramona Mateer
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Lecturer, University Supervisor, teachHOUSTON
rcmateer@central.uh.edu
713-743-6528
Office: Farish Hall 304E

Ramona Mateer, M.Ed, is a Master Teacher and a University Supervisor for teachHOUSTON. She is a proud University of Houston graduate and holds a Masters of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was named 2007 Katy ISD District Teacher of the Year and awarded the 17th Annual Christa McAuliffe in Search of Excellence Award, West Houston Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining teachHOUSTON, she taught science in a local large suburban school district, where she also worked as a science instructional coach, participated in the 2006 Science TEKS rewrite and developed science curriculum grades K-8. She is dedicated to supporting science and math teachers in developing their skills and passion for teaching, with the goal of promoting quality, best practice STEM education at the secondary level for all students.

Perri Segura

Dr. Perri Segura
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Clinical Associate Professor, Math Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
psegura@uh.edu
713-743-4969
Office: Farish Hall 304C

Perri Segura, Ed.D. has served as a Master Teacher for teachHOUSTON since 2007. Prior to joining teachHOUSTON, she taught science in 2 local school districts, worked as a science instructional specialist in a large suburban district mentoring science teachers in both middle and high schools, and served as a district administrator as the Secondary Science Coordinator. She is passionate about developing pre-service teachers’ skills and abilities to teach through inquiry. She is the proud recipient of a UH Teaching Excellence Award, a UH Group Teaching Excellence Award, and was honored to receive the first Outstanding Master Teacher Award given by the UTeach STEM Educators Association.

Other Faculty Members

 

Bekki George
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Instructional Associate Professor,, Department of Mathematics
rageorge@central.uh.edu
713-743-6990
Office: Phillip G. Hoffman 218C

Leigh Hollyer

Leigh Hollyer
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
dog@uh.edu
713-743-3500

John Ramsey

Dr. John Ramsey
Associate Professor, College of Education
C&I Department, Science Education
jramsey@uh.edu
713-743-4966

Susan Williams

Dr. Susan Williams
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Professor Emerita, teachHOUSTON
College of Education
sewilliams@uh.edu

Staff

Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields

Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Academic Program Manager, teachHOUSTON
lmcalister@uh.edu
713-743-2491
Office: 347 Farish Hall

Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields serves as Academic Program Manager of the teachHOUSTON Program as well as Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about student success and has over 15 years of higher education experience, developing and overseeing academic advising and student success initiatives. McAlister-Shields has been a part of the teachHOUSTON team since inception, creating and offering advising services. She has served on a number of grant-funded projects that support STEM college student success contributing both as senior personnel and grant writer. Her experience working with students from diverse backgrounds informs her research interests in the areas of college access and college readiness, sociocultural capital of college students, the matriculation and persistence of underrepresented STEM majors, and the use of culturally responsive teaching in higher education settings. As a mixed methodologist and pragmatist researcher, McAlister-Shields develops and teaches doctoral research courses in the College of Education. McAlister-Shields holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership- Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.

Rachel Glenn

Rachel Glenn
University Supervisor

Rachel Glenn has served as a University Supervisor with the teachHOUSTON program since January of 2011. She began her teaching career in 1982, working for eleven years with Aldine ISD and Spring ISD, teaching science and math to eighth grade students. Then she taught 17 years in Fort Bend ISD, teaching Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Math Modeling, and TAKS pull-out classes before retiring in May of 2010. She was selected by the math staff at Austin High School during two years as outstanding math teacher. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University in Geology and Biology. Graduate classes include 19 hours of Geology and Biology, 4 hours of Astronomy, and 18 hours of Math. Texas Certification is in Geology, Earth Science, Biology, and Mathematics. Rachel Glenn is passionate about developing inductive lessons and using formative assessments in teaching Mathematics. During her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with her six grandchildren.

 

Marguerita Guerra
University Supervisor

Marguerita Guerra is a University Supervisor in the teachHOUSTON program. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in the hematology department at Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. She then attained her Master's in Curriculum from the University of Houston and began teaching science at Aldine Middle School in the Aldine District. She taught high school Physics for 15 years and was Aldine ISD's District Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1997. At MacArthur High school, she became the science skills specialist for 4 years where she developed her passion for assisting teachers. She retired as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. Her experience working with diverse students has resulted in her passion to assist high school science and math teachers to teach inquiry base CRP lessons.

 

Jamie Spates
University Supervisor

Jamie Spates is a University Supervisor in the teachHOUSTON program. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University and a Master’s of Reading in Education from Sam Houston State University. She served in public education for thirty-five years - working as a secondary science and social studies teacher, science and social studies skills specialist, assistant principal, and retiring as a secondary multilingual program director for the Aldine Independent School District. She brings expertise in not only the content-specific areas, but also in content area reading, content area writing, and ESL instruction.