Jenny Christian is Director of Science in the Dallas Independent School District. Dallas ISD comprises 384 square miles and encompasses 16 cities, including Dallas. The district is the second-largest public school district in the state, and the 14th-largest district in the nation. The school district serves approximately 160,000 students in pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade, in 227 schools, employing nearly 20,000 dedicated professionals. I had the chance to speak with her at the talkSTEM event at the Dallas Contemporary in January. The event was called An Evening Honoring Women in STEAM. Watch the video to hear her reaction to the artwork we viewed that evening as well as her perspectives on learning and teaching science.
Dr. Koshi Dhingra has dedicated her career to STEM education and is passionate about having every child live up to their potential. Seeing a lack of girls and other underrepresented youth in STEM programs, she founded talkSTEM in 2015 to address the imbalance. She has a doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, has years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has held leadership roles in universities. She advises and collaborates with a broad range of educational institutions globally. Dr. Dhingra began her career teaching science in middle and high school in New York. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.