Pearland ISD grades K-12 science classes foster science experiences for all students, promote evidence-based decisions, develop critically thinking individuals and cultivate life-long curiosity.
Pearland ISD provides quality science curriculum that connects science to everyday life, supports and encourages scientific experiences in natural environments and addresses students' individual needs. The instruction strives to balance lab experiences, data analysis, communication of conclusions and development of scientific vocabulary. Pearland ISD's science curriculum is aligned to the state-mandated curriculum found in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science.
Students are formally tested in science through locally developed benchmark tests as well as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for grades 5 and 8 and biology.
Bernadette Dieter, K-6 Specialist
Formerly a middle school science teacher, Bernadette Dieter develops science curriculum and instruction for grades K-5. Analyzing student assessment data, she assists teachers in determining appropriate instructional strategies for critical concepts. In addition, she observes teachers, models lesson and facilitates professional development to integrate best practices in science. Collaborating with junior high and high school science specialists, Dieter keeps science courses aligned vertically and horizontally with state and national science education policies.
Jennifer Lewis, 7-12 Specialist
Jennifer Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Baylor College of Medicine. Jennifer formerly taught high school Biology, Chemistry, IPC, Aquatic Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and Physics in Pearland ISD and other school districts prior to joining the curriculum team. In her role as Science Specialist, she works with colleagues to design standards-based, vertically aligned science curriculum, provide professional development opportunities, and promote data-driven instructional practices. Her goal is to serve, support, supply and collaborate with junior high and high school science teachers to ensure an equitable, quality science education for all students.