Thursday, May 30, 2013

Texas Science Association President

A Spring Branch ISD instructional specialist will begin duties soon as president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT). Donald Burken, SBISD instructional specialist in elementary science, is preparing to take the reins of the state association. His term begins on August 1. Burken has served as the group’s president-elect for the past year.

“As incoming president, I am very excited about next year. I’m thrilled to be able to continue working on behalf of all science teachers in Texas and to partner with exemplary representatives from this stellar organization,” he said in a statement. “It is my desire to increase membership, support all state science teachers through science communities and professional development opportunities, and bolster science education in our great state,” Burken also said.

Burken has served as the district’s elementary science instructional specialist for the past six years. Before that, he taught fifth grade at Treasure Forest Elementary for three years. From 1987 to 2003, he worked as a fifth-grade teacher and Title 1 coordinator for Houston ISD. STAT, which was founded in 1957, now represents about 6,000 members.

This nonprofit organization represents several educator groups, including elementary and secondary teachers, college educators, and supervisors of science.

The state organization keeps members informed about current trends in science education, and provides members with opportunities to view the latest technology, curriculum, materials and services.

Joining Burken in STAT’s executive leadership will be President-elect Melana Silva of Calallen ISD and Vice President Matthew Wells, who science department chair at Cypress Lakes High School.


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