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New Director of K-8 Science Named

Becky McDowell has been named the new Director of K-8 Science Curriculum & Instructional Supervision, effective July 1. The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved the appointment at its April 22 meeting.

McDowell will oversee the creation, development and implementation of K-8 STEM programs within the Classrooms First initiative in Niles Township and create a K-8 STEM learning environment that includes a guaranteed and viable curriculum and instructional pedagogy sufficient to ensure high school and college readiness.

McDowell is currently a Pre-K to 5 STEM Teacher, Coach and Team Leader at Barrington 220 School District, where she developed STEM and Computer Science curriculum with LEGO WeDo & EV3 robots, and conducted professional development for staff.

Prior to that, she created new science products for ETA hand2mind, where she developed and published 25 hands-on STEM modules for Pre-K to 5 students in collaboration with university engineering experts. She also served Deerfield Public Schools District 109 as a K-5 and 6-8 Differentiation and Math Coach.

McDowell is finishing her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois. She earned a Master of Science in Natural Science Education from the University of Wyoming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Augustana College. She is involved with addressing the root causes of the national shortage of quality STEM teachers through the 100Kin10 network.