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Stephanie Garcia, Ph.D.

Stephanie Garcia, Ph.D.

IDRA Education Associate & Texas CSO Program Director and Regional Lead

Stephanie Garcia, Ph.D., is IDRA’s STEM and gender equity education specialist with more than 10 years of experience in STEM education as a middle school science teacher, university instructor and graduate research assistant in engineering education. She provides professional development and technical assistance to schools across the nation on effective STEM education for all students. She designs and delivers interactive training that provides teachers tools for increasing student achievement in STEM areas. As an IDRA EAC-South project associate, she also coordinates service delivery activities in the area of gender equity to school systems and classrooms across the U.S. South.

Stephanie.Garcia@idra.org (210) 444-1710

IDRA and the Alamo STEM Ecosystem are proud and excited to host the Texas cabinet of the Chief Science Officers program.  During the 2018-2019 school year the San Antonio cabinet was launched with over 50 CSOs from across the city.  Now in 2019 we have expanded to over 90 CSOs who represent their districts and campuses throughout their local communities within San Antonio and Houston.  IDRA’s vision is to support a pipeline of diverse STEM leaders ready for the workforce and to help facilitate CSO action plans that could, for example, include starting a robotics or coding club, planning field trips and forming mentorships. CSOs are STEM liaisons to their peers and as STEM ambassadors to their campus administrations and local communities. 
 
The CSO program empowers middle and high school students to enrich the STEM culture at their campus while also creating career awareness to their peers.  We believe that students must have a seat at the table to inform the direction of STEM initiatives that impact their education, families and the broader community.  The CSO program is designed explicitly to accomplish this – to elevate the voice of students in STEM, especially those who do not typically have access to those opportunities.  CSOs bring STEM/STEAM*-related opportunities to their schools and local communities.

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Michelle Vega

Michelle Vega

IDRA Chief Technology Strategist & Texas CSO Regional Lead

Michelle Martínez Vega is IDRA’s technology coordinator with more than 18 years of experience in designing, developing and administering professional development for educators at the state, regional and district levels. Her focus is driven by the desire to improve academic achievement through the use of technology. She strives to develop technology solutions that create equitable and sustainable learning environments for all students and educators. Ms. Vega continues to create and deliver professional technology support with the hope of helping others build their technology confidence and capacity. Key areas of Ms. Vega’s work includes designing, developing and training in technology integration, technical writing, and technology coaching and mentoring.

Michelle.Vega@idra.org (210) 444-1710

Paula N. Johnson, Ph.D.

Paula N. Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, IDRA EAC-South & Texas CSO Regional Lead

Dr. Johnson is an education associate at IDRA with more than 25 years of experience developing educational programs and integrating the STEM and instructional technology into classrooms. She holds a Bachelor of Science in math and a minor in computer science from Prairie View A&M University, a Master of Arts in education with a concentration in instructional technology and from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, where her research focused on curriculum and instruction related to underrepresentation of Black women as secondary mathematics educators.

Paula.Johnson@idra.org (210) 444-1710

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