(Front row: Randi Blair, Nedaro Bellamy, Hortense Campbell, Muhammad Abid, Takisha BoldenGastile, Mayuri Barad)(Back row: Karla Auzenne, Jessica Ross, Kelechi Ubaha, Kesha Moore, Morgan McKinley, Kelly Webster)
Dr. Hortense Campbell, Secondary Science Director
Dr. Hortense Campbell is the Director of Secondary Science for the HISD. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Doctor of Chiropractic in Human Biology. She has held many roles with HISD since 2005. Starting out as a biology classroom teacher, a science department chair, an instructional content specialist, a teacher development specialist, and the secondary science curriculum manager before holding her current position. Currently she also plays a role in many of HISD’s STEM initiatives.Email: HCAMPBE1@houstonisd.org
Kelly Webster, Curriculum Specialist
Kelly Webster has been with Houston Independent School District for 14 years. He has been in Curriculum and Instructional Coaching for the past 6 years. He takes personal pride in empowering teachers with the tools necessary to empower their students.Email: KWEBSTE2@houstonisd.org
Muhammad Abid, Teacher Development Specialist
Muhammad Abid received his B.S. in Physics at the University of Karachi and his Master’s in Teaching Science from Rice University. He has served in many capacities for the past 21 years as; a teacher, science specialist, instructional coach and now as a teacher development specialist. He has also served as a panel member for the Science Streamlining TEKS Committee with the Texas Education Agency and has presented for the Conference for Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST).Email: MABID@houstonisd.org
Karla Auzenne, Teacher Development Specialist
Karla Auzenne joined Houston ISD in 1992, after graduating from Prairie View A&M University with her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Karla worked as a science teacher, department chair, and mentor teacher at Dowling MS. Karla has been an Instructional Coordinator, Instructional Supervisor, Educational Program Manager, and a Teacher Development Specialist over the last eighteen years. She received her Masters of Education in Science Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston – Central Campus. She is passionate about ensuring that all students receive experience and exposure, a quality education that incorporates hands-on, minds-on activities, with technology, and best practices in their science classes. Her motto is Customer Service is Job 1!Email: KAUZENNE@houstonisd.org
Nedaro Bellamy, Teacher Development Specialist
Nedaro Bellamy is a 29 year veteran of the Houston ISD. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Norfolk State University and her Masters of Science Education from the University of Houston. She began her science teaching career at Hamilton Middle School and has held several positions within her tenure including 6-8 Science Teacher, Associate Program Director at the HISD/Rice Model Science Laboratory, Regional Science Manager, Curriculum Specialist and Teacher Development Specialist. She has presented at several conferences including the National Science Teachers Association, Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, National Science Research Council and Pathways to Science Standards. Her favorite interests in science education include promoting inquiry and scientific literacy with teachers and students.
Randi Blair, Teacher Development Specialist
Randi Blair joined Houston ISD in 2013, after a combined nine years in Sheldon ISD, Crosby ISD, and YES PREP, where she worked as a science teacher, department chair, mentor teacher, testing coordinator, and on the campus-leadership team. In her role as mentor teacher, she presented at the district level, sharing the importance of job-embedded coaching for new and veteran teachers. She received her Liberal Arts Degree in Biology from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and her Master of Education degree in Science Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has certifications in Science 4-8 and pending Principal EC-12. She is passionate about ensuring that all students receive a quality education that incorporates hands-on activities and best practices in their science classes. Her motto is to capture every heart.Email: RBLAIR2@houstonisd.org
Takisha Bolden-Gastile, Teacher Development Specialist
Dr. Takisha Bolden Gastile is a native Houstonian and a product of HISD, where she graduated from Scarborough HS. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry from Baylor University, M.B.A. from Texas Woman’s University and her Doctorate of Education degree from Texas Southern University.Her career in education began in 2007, at Phillis Wheatley HS, where she taught Chemistry, IPC and AP Chemistry. She also served as a Science Instructional Specialist at Worthing HS. In 2010, Dr. Gastile transitioned from a campus based instructional coordinator to a district- level specialist. Dr. Gastile is passionate about science education.
LaRhonda May, Teacher Development Specialist
In 2005, LaRhonda began her career in education teaching high school biology in HISD. After teaching for eight years, she started to support teachers across the district to help fill student academic achievement gaps with the district’s Curriculum and Development team and Alternative Certification Program. She continues to share her passion for science and use her influence to be an agent of change to help ensure all students are receiving the resources they need to learn and thrive. LaRhonda is a proud graduate of Grambling State University.Email: LMAY@houstonisd.org
Morgan McKinley, Teacher Development Specialist
Morgan McKinley joined HISD in 1998 after completing his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Houston. He began teaching science at Jane Long MS before being accepted into the Rice Model Science Lab program at Lanier. He holds a composite science teaching certificate for all secondary levels of science. He has presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) and at national conferences for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). After teaching at Pershing MS, he began working in HISD’s secondary curriculum department writing curriculum and assessments for IPC, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses. He is currently supporting secondary science teachers as a Teacher Development Specialist, curriculum writer, and instructional coach.Email: MMCKINLE@houstonisd.org
Kesha Moore, Teacher Development Specialist
Since beginning her teaching career in Fort Bend ISD in 1998, Kesha Moore has taught students in every grade, from 5th grade to college. Kesha began her love of science as a little girl and has spent the past 20 years sharing that love with students and other educators by providing high quality learning experiences in Fort Bend, Houston, and Pasadena. Kesha rejoined HISD in the fall of 2015 as a Teacher Development Specialist, and in this role, Kesha strives to impact the science education of every student, on every campus that she serves by building positive, working relationships with their teachers. Because of the AWESOME team of people that she is privileged to work with, Kesha is optimistic about the future of student performance in science education in HISD!Email: KMOORE8@houstonisd.org
Jessica Ross, Teacher Development Specialist
Jessica Ross worked as a science teacher at Harmony Science Academy until she joined team HISD in 2012 as a Biology teacher at Sam Houston MSTC. She has taught elementary science and math, 7th grade science, and Biology (ESL, Special Ed. Inclusion, and G/T). Mrs. Ross has coordinated science fairs, served as laboratory manager, sponsored the National Junior Honor’s Society, coordinated a Science Panel Discussion for our 4th-8th grade students, mentored new teachers, and was a member of the Behavioral Intervention Committee and RTI team. While teaching Biology and 7th grade science at Frank Black Middle school, she designed a student-facing Biology EOC review course and unit videos for district-wide implementation. Mrs. Ross has presented at CAST and at the district level and is passionate about providing quality professional development for educators and educational leaders to foster 21st century skills in our students. She writes the Biology master course and is passionate about building leadership capacity at campuses and inspiring teachers to incorporate technology, literacy strategies, and inquiry in their lessons and labs by providing planning support modeling high-yield strategies.Email: JROSS6@houstonisd.org
Kelechi Ubaha, Teacher Development Specialist
Kelechi Ubaha has a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and holds the following certifications; Physical Science, Composite Science, ESL and Administrative. She had previously worked in the Information Technology, Medical and Oil and Gas sectors before coming to the school system. She started her public education career in HISD and has worked in Fort Bend ISD as well. Kelechi has been a Science teacher, teacher coach and mentor, Campus Instructional Coordinator, district level Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. Kelechi has extensive knowledge of curriculum and assessment writing, is a certified Gizmo Instructor and has sales and marketing experience.
Kelechi believes that all students can be successful learners and the key to their success lies in appropriately equipping teachers with the tools they need to be effective in their classrooms.