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Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz
Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz
Executive Director

 

Email
amo56@txstate.edu

Office
SMC: ASBN 211

Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Ph.D., is executive 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.

Sara Torres

Sara Garcia-Torres currently serves as an Educational Researcher for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research supporting NASA grant funded programs. She worked for public schools for the past 16 years as a bilingual and inclusion teacher, Gifted & Talented Facilitator, and as a STEM teacher.  She works with educators, families, and community members to support STEM efforts in public schools, homes, and communities.  Her research interests include STEM education, both the delivery to the underrepresented students and the preparation of the teachers. 

Holds degrees from Texas State University (MEd), and University of Texas at San Antonio (BA).  Sara is also pursuing PhD studies at Texas State University

Lucia
 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.