Dr. Claire Hodgin is currently the Elementary Science Curriculum Coordinator in the Curriculum & Instruction department. She collaborates with teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and other curriculum coordinators to create curriculum document, assessments, and professional development opportunities. During the summer, she coordinated Manor ISD's first Summer Science Program in order to provide an enriching and fun experience for elementary students interested in science. Claire also contributes to science education by participating in local, state, and national professional organizations to stay current on research and practices in professional development, curriculum, and instruction.
A native of the panhandle, Claire graduated from high school in Lubbock, Texas and attended Texas A&M University for 3 years before transferring to The University of Texas to complete her BA in 1982. She completed a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Texas State University in 1998, and received her doctorate in Science Education at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014, specializing in research on inquiry-based instruction.
Claire has been an educator for 36 years, serving as a classroom teacher of grades PK through 12 for eighteen years, a university Teaching and Laboratory Assistant, a Science Specialist for an NSF-grant funded project, and a Science Teacher Mentor for UTeach. She is an amateur astronomer, participates in a NASA outreach grant, and builds telescopes with teachers and students. Claire has presented numerous workshops and short courses for many professional organizations including the Science Teachers Association of Texas, the Texas Council of Elementary Science, the Texas Earth Science Teachers Association, and the National Science Teachers Association.
She has been recognized by the Austin American Statesman for her volunteer work in astronomy, and by the Texas State Senate for her work with the Cub Scouts of America. Her interests include sustainable gardening, live music, travel, and crafting.
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Office: Manor Central Administration Building (B-102)