Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Denise Hill

An Outstanding Islander

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Engaging Kids in Math and Science

Dr. Denise Hill is educating pre-service teachers on how to engage children in science and math through integrated technology, hands-on manipulatives and the world around them. Her greatest challenge is to ensure that teachers refrain from the same teaching methods they learned decades ago to reach students today who multi-task with technology at their fingertips. After teaching 19 years in the Texas Public School System, where she taught math and science to the gifted and talented, as well as struggling students, Hill was named Teacher of the Year for the Corpus Christi Independent School District during the 2000-2001 school year. The associate professor and chair of Teacher Education, who sees memorization as ineffective in the long run, was intrigued by how the integration positively changed middle school students’ perception of these subjects and significantly improved their performance. After earning her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2002 from the Island University, she joined the faculty. She has incorporated these curricula at the university level. Her list of notable accomplishments includes serving as the site professor for the Center of Professional Development and Teaching at Schanen Elementary in the CCISD for eight years, while opening the Early Childhood Development Center, Webb and Kostoryz elementary sites. In January 2009, she acquired a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create the University’s Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy (MASTA), one of only five across the state, for pre-service and in-service graduate students. Thirty-two graduate students will have completed the program by May 2012. Her mission is to develop outstanding educators who realize that they are responsible for impacting their students’ lives. Hill, recipient of the University’s Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the Faculty Service Excellence Award, teaches “Instructional Design for Special Populations,” “Teaching Environmental Science” and “Teaching Methods of Science.” She was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Science Teachers Association of Texas for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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