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Meet The Team

Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz
Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz
Director

 

Email
amo56@txstate.edu

Office
SMC: ASBN 211

Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Ph.D., is director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research and assistant professor of engineering education in the College of Education at Texas State University. She teaches and conducts research with teachers and students in engineering education as a learning context and instructional strategy. She works with traditionally underserved populations to understand challenges and solutions for improving motivation and academic readiness for students’ college and career success.

Dr. Laura Rodriguez Amaya
Dr. Laura Rodriguez Amaya
Assistant Site Director

 

Email
lc16@txstate.edu

Office
SMC: ASBN 207

Dr. Laura Rodriguez Amaya serves as Assistant Site Director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research supporting NASA and NSF grant-funded programs. She works with faculty in other Minority Serving Institutions to develop STEM education curriculum review tools, and she is involved in various outreach efforts to support community STEM education. Her research interests include Central America, food security, and women in science with a focus on access and equity.

Mariela Ramirez
Mariela Ramirez Sanchez
Undergraduate Student
Research Assistant

 

E-mail
mxr5@txstate.edu

Phone
SMC: 512.245.3040

Office
SMC: ASBN 206

Mariela Ramirez supports the FAMA grant with Family Nights and Family Learning Seminar’s, and translations.

Jesse Villalobos
Jesse Villalobos
FAMA AEL Tech 
Coordinator

 

E-mail

Jesse.Villalobos@smcisd.net

 

Jesse Villalobos is an elementary teacher at SMCISD in San Marcos, Tx. He has taught in the classroom and was a campus interventionist. The majority of his experience has been working with K-5 students integrating curriculum and technology as a campus technologist. He earned a Masters in Educational Leadership with a Principal's certificate through Texas State University.

Jesse Villalobos
 Lucia B. Ondarza-Wier- 
FAMA tutor/student worker

 

E-mail

l_o41@txstate.edu

 

FAMA pre-service teacher tutor coordinator and Project assistant Lucia Ondarza has a background in the education sector, previously working as a teacher assistant and later on as a parent liaison for title I schools. Lucia has a big passion for sciences, especially mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology; and she loves to participate in projects where she can give back to her community and make it a better place for living for the current and future generations.