STEM Teaching Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Monday 06/22/2020
5:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators and Parents of Grades K-12
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

In this webinar, parents and caregivers will receive an overview of how to best guide STEM student learning in a home setting using teacher expert tips and strategies. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Mathematics Common Core, and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science and math will be reviewed so that you are comfortable in locating more information about what students are expected to learn at each grade level. We will wrap up by sharing many exciting NASA resources to supplement the distance learning programs your child may be using during this time of “stay-in-place” teaching and learning.  


Dr. Vemitra White, a native of Crawford, Mississippi, graduated with her Ph.D. in 2016 from Mississippi State University in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development. She is currently a STEM Education Specialist for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Stennis Space Center in Alabama and Mississippi respectively. Also, Vemitra is an Assistant Professor for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University. She is very passionate about helping students matriculate through the STEM pipeline and enjoys developing programs that help students build their self-efficacy in STEM. Her areas of specialization are: teacher and student professional development, engineering education, project management, K-12 and university collaborator, workforce readiness, and STEM engagement/preparation. Vemitra is a member of the Columbus Lowndes County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the recent award recipient of the 2019 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award , the 2019 Bagley College of Engineering Service Award, and a newly elected executive committee member of the Pre-College Engineering Education Division, member of Phi Theta Kappa, Women's Basketball Collegiate Association, and Mississippi Educators Association. Her active participation in these organizations reveals her passion in helping others succeed. Vemitra is also a former collegiate basketball player where she played 2 years of women’s basketball at Bevill State Community College in Fayette AL and her last 2 years at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton GA. She was a 4 year Academic All American.

Michelle Berry serves as a NASA STEM Education Specialist at Texas State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education with a Major in Educational Administration from Texas State University. Her most recent experience includes managing and coordinating the NASA MUREP Educator Institutes and the state-wide Mathematics Faculty Collaborative for the Texas College and Career Readiness Initiative (CCRI). Prior to these positions she was a Mentor Teacher in both the Teacher Recruitment Induction Program and Novice Teacher Induction Program at Texas State University. She also has 11 years of teaching experience in kindergarten, 3rd  and 4th grades from San Marcos Consolidated ISD and Round Rock ISD.