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SPIRAL Gifted &Talented STEM teacher

My name is Molly Nipper. I am a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teacher at Bendwood School for 3rd-5th grade gifted & talented students. My curriculum applies best practices, inquiry-based, and project-based instructions.  Teaching strategies incorporating differentiation and social & emotional development are used to meet the needs of gifted learners. The material and activities stimulate intellectual development, creativity, self-reliance, and social responsibility.  In science, students will discover and apply physics principles as they study engineering in elementary school! Students will integrate technology daily to enrich their lessons. Students will use critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork to complete individual and group projects as they incorporate the Engineering Design Process. To apply mathematics skills, students will learn to calculate physics math problems. We will also investigate the exploration of space. Past, present, and future space missions to the Moon and Mars. 
Currently, I am pursuing a doctorate degree in Executive Educational Leadership at Houston Baptist University.  I received my Masters of Science teaching degree in Physics & Astronomy at Rice University. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Houston with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Biology.
My teaching experience includes fourteen years in the public schools in which I have taught 7th grade Science, high school Physics, and 3rd-5th grade gifted & talented students STEM at Bendwood School. 
As a Rice alumni and a life-long learner, I have participated in several Rice Office of STEM Engagement Programs:

Noyce Texas Leadership Initiative for Inquiry Science Teaching (NLIIST)
ConocoPhillips-Rice Applied Mathematics Program (AMP!)
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
ConocoPhillips-Rice Elementary Model STEM Lab (REMSL)
Rice Excellence Secondary Science Teaching (RESST)
As an active participant with the NASA educators program, I am part of:

Space Exploration Educators Crew (SEEC) 2020
Space Exploration Educators Conference Presenter
NASA LiftOff Alumni
Space Foundation Teacher Liaison
NASA Network of States Educator
MAVEN Educator Ambassador
Heliophysics Educator Ambassador
Special recognition:
Bendwood School Teacher of the Year 2015




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