Mary Lou Lipscomb
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, I started my teaching career as a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science teacher. During my career in the classroom I had the opportunity to work in a variety of teaching situations and on interdisciplinary teams, but my main teaching assignment was always middle level science. I retired from classroom teaching in 2000.
During my time in the classroom I earned a M.Ed. in Science Education and began presenting and participating in workshops at the local, state and national level. Working with the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) at Lawrence Hall of Science provided me with a foundation on which I began to develop integrated teaching approaches. I earned the SEPUP Teacher of the Year award for my efforts. In addition to working with SEPUP, I have worked with groups locally and nationally to develop inquiry-based, integrative and problem-centered curriculum.
Since leaving the classroom, I became a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist for an award-winning, outreach program of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). During my years with that program I wrote integrated, science and mathematics curriculum and provided the professional development for teachers throughout Illinois who would then use the curriculum and materials that were provided with students at their schools. I have recently retired from that position.
I continue to be involved in science education as the Science Matters Illinois state coordinator, an initiative of NSTA, and as a member of the NMLSTA Board of Directors