Michigan Educator and Superintendent Begins Term as 2014-2015 President of National Science Teachers Association
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On June 1, Dr. Juliana Texley, a long time science educator from Michigan began her one-year term as president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
“We look forward to her leadership, and being able to share her experience, innovative ideas, and her passion for science with NSTA members and with the larger science education community.”
Texley was a science teacher for middle and secondary school for more than 20 years in Richmond, Mich., before becoming assistant superintendent in the Anchor Bay School District for two years, and finally, superintendent for seven years. She is currently an instructor at Lesley University, Palm Beach State College, and Central Michigan University. In recent years, she has also worked with various stakeholder groups on the Next Generation Science Standards to develop a curriculum for JASON/National Geographic.
“Dr. Texley will make an outstanding president this year,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “We look forward to her leadership, and being able to share her experience, innovative ideas, and her passion for science with NSTA members and with the larger science education community.”
Texley has been a member of NSTA for more than three decades. In 1996, she chaired the committee that crafted NSTA’s response to the National Science Education Standards. For several years she edited, The Science Teacher, NSTA’s journal for high school educators, and for 11 years served as lead reviewer for NSTA Recommends, the Association’s publications and product review system widely recognized as providing the best supplements available for science teaching. She has served on the NSTA Safety, Budget and Audit committees and the association's facilities development team. In addition to authoring over 100 articles for NSTA journals, Texley has written or co-authored a number of NSTA publications—The Story of Science Classroom Companion: Einstein Adds a New Dimension (e-Book, 2008), Teaching Science at the Community College (2006); Investigating Safely (2004); Inquiring Safely (2003); Exploring Safely (2002); and Pathways to the Science Standards (1996).
Texley's devotion to science education is also evident by her involvement in numerous other professional organizations. She served on the board of the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (15 years) and has served on the board of directors for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association (MDSTA). In Michigan, Texley lead the Statewide SCoPE Science Project, which developed over 700 units corresponding to the state's core curriculum.
Texley is a 1984 recipient of the Presidential Award for Science Teaching and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has also received awards for her publications including the EdPress Award for outstanding publication for NSTA’s Pathways to the Science Standards (1996), the Innovative Building Award for School Planning and Management (1998), and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Inquiring Safely.
Texley holds a Ph.D. in science education and a master’s in biology from Wayne State University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry/physics from Oakland University.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.