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Co-Directors

Dr. Dan Wells

Dr. Dan Wells
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Co-Director, teachHOUSTON
dwells@uh.edu
713-743-2611

Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Horn

Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Horn
Dean, College of Education
Co-Director, teachHOUSTON
clhorn2@uh.edu
713-743-5032

Dr. Paige Evans

Dr. Paige Evans
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Co-Director, teachHOUSTON
Clinical Professor, Science Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
pevans@uh.edu
713-743-3993
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 141D

Dr. Paige Evans is the Co-Director and Clinical Professor for the teachHOUSTON program in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston (UH). Through this role, she teaches and oversees coursework in preservice STEM teacher education. She is also the instructor for a physics inquiry course and prepares future secondary STEM teachers to obtain Texas Teacher Certification.

Dr. Evans is the PI/Co-PI on several federal grants with goals to broaden STEM participation and improve STEM literacy for all. She frequently publishes and presents on her research interests that include STEM education, STEM teacher preparation and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Dr. Evans is an American Physical Society Physics Teacher Education Coalition Fellow and recently served as the president of the UTeach STEM Educators Association. She received the UH Teaching Excellence Award, the UH Group Teaching Excellence Award, the UH Natural Sciences & Mathematics John. C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award, and the American Educational Research Association Narrative Inquiry Outstanding Publication Award.

Prior to joining the UH faculty in 2008, she spent 18 years as a math/science educator and served in various leadership positions. She received her B.S. in Secondary Education/Biological Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, her M.A. in Physics Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Ed.D. in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.

teachHOUSTON Faculty Members & Master Teachers

Amanda Campos

Amanda Campos
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Master Teacher, University Supervisor, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
arorozco@cougarnet.uh.edu
713-743-8644
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 141

Amanda Campos, M.Ed., serves as a Master Teacher and a University Supervisor for teachHOUSTON. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UH-Clear Lake and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM from the University of Houston. Prior to joining teachHOUSTON, she taught in a local large suburban school district where she worked as a middle school science teacher and intervention specialist. Her experiences consist of mentoring first-year teachers, curriculum writing, and presenting best teaching practices at various conferences around the country. Her passions include supporting teachers in implementing inquiry-based methods and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Jacqueline Ekeoba

Dr. Jacqueline Ekeoba
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Clinical Assistant Professor, Science Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
jnekeoba@central.uh.edu
713-743-0222
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 141A

Dr. 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 president of the teachHOUSTON Alumni Association, and new teacher induction. She earned an M.A. in STEM Education and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and received a doctoral degree through the STEM education program at Texas Tech University. 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 serves as a clinical assistant professor and Science Master Teacher for the teachHOUSTON program. Jacqueline mentors youth with her church congregation, and was awarded the 40 Under 40 Influential Award.

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: Science & Research 2, Room 149

Cheryl Latiolais began her career with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston-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
Clinical Assistant Professor, Science Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
mamanuel@central.uh.edu
713-743-3429
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 141B

Dr. Mariam Manuel is an Clinical Assistant Professor/Master Teacher for teachHOUSTON, a secondary STEM teacher preparation program in the Department of Mathematics at University of Houston. She 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.

Dr. Manuel, a former high school physics teacher, earned her Ph.D. in STEM Education through Texas Tech University. In addition to STEM education courses, she teaches Physics for Middle School Teachers for the College of Education, and has authored/taught graduate level coursework in Engineering Design Education, for the UH STEM Master’s program. Dr. Manuel serves on multiple grants and actively publishes journal articles, book chapters and presents at national research conferences on topics of STEM teacher education, engineering design education, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Dr. Manuel is also the faculty sponsor of the teachHOUSTON Student Society.

Dr. Manuel was presented with 2018 Million Women Mentors Stand Up for STEM Award which recognizes efforts in mentoring young girls and women to pursue STEM related career pathways. She is also the recipient of the 2019 AWM Certificate of Service to the Field for Mentorship of Girls and Young Women in STEM. Most recently, she was awarded the 2020 UTeach STEM Educators’ Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to STEM Education.

Ramona Mateer

Ramona Mateer
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Master Teacher, University Supervisor, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
rcmateer@central.uh.edu
713-743-6528
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 145

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 Master 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.

Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields

Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
lmcalister@uh.edu
713-743-2491
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 141C

Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor for 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.

Dr. Karen McIntush

Dr. Karen McIntush
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Faculty Advisor, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
kemcintu@central.uh.edu
713-743-2196
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 148

Dr. Karen McIntush is a teachHOUSTON Research Fellow as well as the Faculty Advisor for the program. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University and holds a Master of Education in Administration from Sam Houston State University. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education, predominantly working with pre-service teachers, as well as leading undergraduate and graduate research teams.

Dr. McIntush currently manages various components of the NSF grants awarded to teachHOUSTON, examining program outcomes and ensuring grant objectives are met. She is the Co-PI on a Gates Foundation grant and conducts grant writing for the program. She also serves as the Faculty Advisor for teachHOUSTON, where she facilitates students’ progress through the teachHOUSTON program. Her current research is primarily focused on recruiting, preparing, and retaining secondary STEM teachers, specifically in urban environments. More specifically, Dr. McIntush conducts research on the various teachHOUSTON program offerings, including the impact of the classroom management course on secondary STEM student teachers, the teacher residency pathway, the alternative certification route, and induction efforts to support novice STEM teachers.

Perri Segura

Dr. Perri Segura
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Adjunct Professor, Science Master Teacher, teachHOUSTON
Department of Mathematics
psegura@uh.edu
713-743-4969
Office: Science & Research 2, Room 148

Perri Segura, Ed.D., has served as a Master Teacher for teachHOUSTON since 2007. Prior to joining teachHOUSTON, she taught science in two 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

Susan Williams

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

Staff

Sirjana Bindlish

Sirjana Bindlish
University Supervisor

Sirjana Bindlish is a University Supervisor in the teachHOUSTON program. She earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Geology from Panjab University, India. She completed her master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University, College Station. She began her teaching career at MacArthur High School in Aldine ISD in 1992 as a chemistry teacher. She was also chemistry team leader in Brazoswood High School in Brazosport ISD and taught PAP and AP chemistry for 14 years. In her teaching career of 28-plus years, she has taught AP chemistry for 20 years. She has mentored new teachers, and her mentees have become successful teachers in schools. She retired from Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD as a lead chemistry teacher. She is passionate about hands-on inquiry approach in teaching. She wants to coach and mentor student teachers to support more effective science and math education for high school students.

Charlotte J. Davis

Dr. Charlotte J. Davis
University Supervisor

Dr. Charlotte J. Davis is a University Supervisor with the teachHOUSTON program. She is a native Houstonian and attended public schools in the Houston area. In May 1983, Dr. Davis received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Sam Houston State University. She worked as an accountant for several years before returning to school, and in May 1993, she received a Master of Education in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Education in Administration in August 1998. She continued to further her education, and in August 2006, she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Sam Houston State University. She began her career in education as a career and technology teacher at Carver Contemporary High School in Aldine Independent School District and served in Aldine as a school counselor, assistant principal, director of guidance and counseling, and an assistant superintendent before retiring after 28 years of service. Dr. Davis has received numerous honors and awards for her contributions to her community and service in education. She is currently President-Elect of the Aldine Education Foundation and is passionate about serving her community and the success and mental health of young children.

Rachel Glenn

Rachel Glenn
University Supervisor

Rachel Glenn has served as a University Supervisor with the teachHOUSTON program since January 2011. She began her teaching career in 1982, working for 11 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 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, four hours of Astronomy, and 18 hours of Math. Her Texas Certification is in Geology, Earth Science, Biology, and Mathematics. She 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.

Denise Keaton

Denise Keaton
University Supervisor

Denise Keaton, University Supervisor, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, and Institutional Administration in 1978 and a Master of Arts in Counseling in 1996 from Prairie View A&M University. She began her career in education as a Home Economics teacher at Nimitz High School. After seven years of teaching, she transitioned to counseling, serving students at Nimitz High School, Eisenhower High School and MacArthur High School. Her last seven years prior to retirement from Aldine ISD were spent as Coordinator of Student Financial Aid. She is passionate about developing strong math and science teachers that are inquiry based and culturally responsive. During her spare time, she enjoys first and foremost her grandchildren, numerous crafts, and traveling.

Melissa Moreno

Melissa Moreno
University Supervisor

Melissa Moreno is a University Supervisor for the teachHOUSTON program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Florida International University in Miami. She completed her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. She began her teaching career in Miami-Dade Public schools in 2002. After a few years, she moved to Houston. She has worked with students of all grade levels and has supported special education and general education students in various subjects. After 16 years of teaching, she transitioned to the role of Educational Diagnostician. She has a strong passion for education that speaks to all learning abilities. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, garden, and take care of her three growing daughters and supportive husband.

Sandra Ponce

Sandra Ponce
University Supervisor

Sandra Ponce has served as a teachHOUSTON University Supervisor since Spring 2021. Born and raised in Brownsville, TX, she attended the University of Texas at Brownsville and graduated with a Science Composite major and Secondary Education minor. In 2004, she moved to Houston and began her teaching career as an IPC teacher with Aldine ISD. While in Aldine, she taught Chemistry, 8th grade Science, Dance, and became the Science Instructional Leader at her campus. During the summers, she enjoyed teaching ESL and GT enrichment classes. She later moved to Humble ISD where she taught Forensics and Aquatic Science. As an educator, she has had the pleasure of mentoring student teachers, new teachers, and veteran teachers to promote a hands-on, inquiry-based learning environment. On a personal note, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children. Occasionally, they have a third child as they also like to host foreign exchange students.