Gelyn R. Cornell

Teacher Leadership in the STEM Era

Building Teacher Capacity: The Role of STEM Teacher-Leaders in Student Success
August 6, 2015

In spring 2012, Alief ISD’s Superintendent H.D. Chambers along with Aldine ISD’s Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg heard about the JASON Project and the excitement it generated in science from fellow Houston area superintendent- Dr. Duncan Klussmann (Spring Branch ISD). H.D. Chambers, passionate about science education, invited a core group to learn more about The JASON Project. After an in-depth review of its content and unprecedented connections to scientists in the field, the core group comprising of Gina Tomas (Deputy Superintendent of Instruction), Dr. Karen Jacobs (Secondary Science Coordinator), Denia Puerto (Secondary Science Interventionist), and Gelyn Cornell (Elementary Science Coordinator), along with H.D., sought to officially bring The JASON Project to Alief ISD. Mr. Chambers, with the unique fortitude to see great opportunities for the students of Alief ISD, met with Dr. Eleanor Smalley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The JASON Project, and Joni Baird, Chevron Public and Government Affairs Manager, and an initial donation in the amount of $235,182 was provided.