Congratulations to Dr. Theresa Hopkins for her selection as a three-year national executive board member to the UTeach Insitute’s STEM Educators Association (USEA). The purpose of the board is to promote the development of STEM literacy for all students through innovation and excellence in university-based teacher education. The UTeach Institute was established in response to national concerns about the quality of K-12 education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and growing interest in the innovative teacher preparation program started in 1997 at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin).
Dr. Hopkins has served as a math master teacher with the VolsTeach program since its inception at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to her work with VolsTeach, she has served as a mathematics teacher, lead teacher, and Director for the Tennessee Governor’s Academy for Mathematics and Science, a residential high school for advanced juniors and seniors from across the state. Dr. Hopkins has taught mathematics in public schools in middle Tennessee, working with students in grades 7-12 and was named building level teacher of the year 3 times and system level teacher of the year once. Throughout her career, she has focused on professional development-her own and that of fellow teachers. Dr. Hopkins has presented at a number of local, state, regional, and national conferences for mathematics teachers and mathematics teacher educators.
VolsTeach is one of 40 national replication sites initiated by the UTeach Institute. Faculty and staff at these universities represent a national community of experts focused on strengthening secondary STEM teacher preparation. VolsTeach is in its fourth year of operation and will graduate its second cohort of STEM secondary teachers this spring.