President of STEM Certification
Dr. Usha Rajdev has been part of Marymount's community since 2008. She was a recipient of the Faculty of the Year 2012 Service Award, the 2012 Virginia Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Award, and the 2012 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Rajdev and Fort Belvoir Elementary School earned the Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia 2014 School/University Partnership Award. She was also awarded the 2014 STEM Leadership Award by IASL, for her STEM program and activities in partnership with local schools and Marymount students. She was also selected for a Fulbright Specialist Project in India, conducting professional development workshops with faculty and undergraduates in Education, and developing a community-wide service-learning project to promote literacy.
Dr. Rajdev’s expertise is in teaching math and science methodology with an emphasis on identifying errors and misconceptions in mathematics. She is currently developing STE(A)M integrated lesson plans with Marymount pre-service teachers in partnership with Fort Belvoir Elementary School counterparts. She also has a continued partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Center, for over 15 years.
Dr. Rajdev believes that hands-on experience enhances learning with Science Technology Engineering and Math. Every semester NASA's Aerospace Educational Specialists from the Goddard Space Center visits her Science Methodology class and provide professional development training related to their Earth and Space Unit. She has been collaborating with NASA’s Education Specialist for several years, and together they are designing and launching an engineering webinar for the pre-service teachers to incorporate into their own teaching. Dr. Rajdev was selected by the NASA Goddard Space Center to send an experiment up on the space shuttle Atlantis in 1999.
Recently, Dr. Rajdev led 17 graduate students to India where they taught children and pre-service teachers in Porbandar, Gujarat. Dr. Rajdev organized the study-abroad experience with students from her Math and Science Methodology courses.
Dr. Rajdev has earned several grants to develop programs in STEM, for 3rd through 6th grade girls during after school. During her sabbatical, in Belfast, Dr. Rajdev initiated and replicated a STEM Leadership Student Chapter under the umbrella of International Association of STEM leaders. She is also a counselor for Marymount's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honor Society and faculty advisor for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Student Chapter.
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