For the past 25 years, Vicki May has led this effort at
the university. Her focus has been on connecting communities in the St. Louis region to ensure educational equity for all students. Projects she has spearheaded include two National Science Foundation Mathematics and Science Partnership Awards to support partnerships in STEM teaching and learning, STEMpact and STEM Teacher Quality, and MySci.
Vicki began her career as a research scientist in biochemistry at Washington University School of Medicine where she worked on understanding the mechanisms of how proteins are processed in energy transformations in a cell. After a few years in this position, Vicki decided to pursue her desire to teach chemistry. Her experience as a high school teacher at University City provides the perspective and passion for her work. She believes that teaching in the K-12 public schools is amazingly difficult and rewarding and that a single teacher can change the lives of many students. This has led Vicki in a pathway toward advocating for classroom resources, teacher mentoring, and leadership opportunities.
In addition to the program development, Vicki takes a lead on advocacy and research for the ISP. She is executive director for STEMpact, on the a board for the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition and Science Teachers of Missouri, university partnership liaison for Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls and KIPP St. Louis, and oversees the university Faculty Fellowship Program.
Our research further supports the mission, through Research-Practice partnerships.
Specific areas of research include:
- The development of effective school and district instructional leadership
- Teacher communities as context for teacher learning
- Curriculum as a change agent in schools
- Teacher Leadership