Members of the Science Teachers Association of Texas recently elected retired Brady ISD teacher Linda Schaake as their president-elect for the 2018-2019 school year. Schaake, a TCTA member since 2013, will serve as president of STAT during the 2019-2020 school year and as past president during 2020-2021.

As president-elect, Schaake will serve on the nine-member STAT Executive Committee, the governing body that provides strategic, programmatic, and financial direction and oversight for the association. Each year, STAT hosts the annual Conference for Advancement of Science Teaching, which is attended by more than 6,000 science educators and is one of the largest science education conferences in the United States, according to a STAT news release.

“Linda’s 27-year career in Texas public education has uniquely prepared her to lead an association that represents such a diverse group of educators,” said STAT Executive Director JJ Colburn, CAE, in a statement. “Her experience in both urban and rural schools, as well as her work as a medical librarian, helps her identify with educators and their challenges in a wide range of educational settings.”

Schaake has served on the STAT Executive Committee since 2016 as a member-at-large. From 2012 to 2017, she taught fifth-grade math and science at Brady Elementary School in Brady ISD. Prior to that, she taught elementary, middle and high school in El Paso, Ingram and Burnet ISDs; served as a campus coordinator and assistant principal in Kerrville ISD; and worked as an assistant director and faculty associate at the Gallo Library of the Health Sciences at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine in El Paso. Schaake received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at El Paso, her master’s degree from the University of North Texas, and her mid-management certificate from Sul Ross State University. She has been involved with regional science collaboratives in ESC Regions 15 and 19.

“I have been mentored by teachers and science leaders whose vision, creativity and forward thinking kept me connected and ‘sparked’ by their enthusiasm, and for that I am grateful,” Schaake said in a statement. “As STAT’s president-elect, I will ask Texas science teachers to step up to their calling and to turn their daily experiences into a bridge across the hall, across the campus and across the state so their peers can build on the good work in making science accessible to and valued by all Texas students.”