Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has been embedded in my life for over 25 years. I began my STEM journey in 1995 as a student attending Martin Luther King Junior High School in Detroit, Michigan. I was enrolled in a program called Math, Science, and Applied Technology (MSAT). After graduating from high school in 1999, I attended Tennessee State University and majored in electrical engineering for the first two years. I changed my major during my junior year to focus on computer science. I received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in the spring of 2003.
I began teaching computer applications back home in Detroit immediately after graduation. In August 2008, I moved to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas where I taught secondary mathematics until my focus shifted to school counseling in 2012. When the time came for me to select a topic for my dissertation, I knew immediately my focus would surround STEM in some way. It was a natural selection and I was passionate about the topic. One of the areas that I wanted to address was the gender and race disparities within the STEM community. As an African American woman and educator of black and brown children, it was important for me to shine a light on these alarming statistics. I also wanted to add to the growing body of research on school choice within traditional public school districts.
My dissertation is titled An Examination of Mathematics Accountability Scores Within a Choice School Relative to Comprehensive Campuses. My research focused on the history of school choice, particularly STEM Academies. I also focused on the impact these specialized schools may have on females, minorities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
I am attaching a small piece of literature from my dissertation on STEM Academies. Enjoy! :)