Meet Tina Powers Grant. Tina’s quest to become an educator came to fruition at the University of North Texas. After earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and then Secondary certification in 2000, she spent ten years implementing various teaching and learning methods in elementary, middle, high school, and undergraduate classrooms in Grapevine, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Madison, Mississippi; Denton, Texas and currently in Garland, Texas.
Settling in Garland, Tina taught fifth grade math and science at a Math, Science, and Technology Magnet elementary school – Beaver Technology Center. While teaching at Beaver Technology Center, Tina was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2011. During this time, she completed a Master’s of Education with a Science and Technology specialization at Southern Methodist University while mentoring pre-service science teachers for the University of Texas, UTeach program, a national model for pre-service teachers.
As a Prekindergarten through twelfth grade STEM Coordinator, Tina sets high goals for the district curriculum and for all educators while being a role model for students. Her commitment to be an effective instructional leader, researcher, and advocate for robust learning environments that nurture scientifically literate learners inspired her to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in STEM Education from Texas Tech University. Teaching at all levels in inner city, rural, and suburban areas has given her a deep appreciation for teaching, coaching, and mentoring students from different cultures, economic privilege, experiences, and backgrounds.