Dr. Carol Fletcher ~ Trustee
Carol began her career in education as a science teacher at Pflugerville Middle School where she was named PMS Teacher of the Year in 1994 and served as the first sponsor of a TAME (TX Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) Club in PfISD. In 1998 she completed her Ph.D. in Science Education and ran for the Board when her oldest son started kindergarten in 2001. As a Board Member, she was personally instrumental in the creation of the Pflugerville Education Foundation, the establishment of Board Operating Procedures and Committees, securing $1 million in grant funding for PfISD new teacher mentoring, and legislative advocacy efforts.
Carol believes the most important part of her role as school board trustee is the opportunity to impact the lives of Pflugerville ISD students through the decisions made by the school board. Examples include her decade long support for increasing access to AP courses for all PfISD students and promoting the adoption of the innovative Geometry in Construction program at all three high schools, which promotes connections between school mathematics and real world applications.
She currently works as the Deputy Director of the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin where she manages the day-to-day operations of a statewide professional development program for science, math, and technology teachers serving over 9,000 educators from 800+ school districts annually. She is a state leader in improving access to computer science education and chaired the Texas Computer Science Education Task Force in 2014. In addition to her work in Texas, Carol has consulted internationally on STEM education and provided professional development in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Colombia.
“When I left the classroom to attend graduate school full time, my mentor at PMS, Leisa Emerson, gave me a plaque with a quote that has guided me in my career in education, in my role as a mother, and in my service on the school board,” Dr. Fletcher said. “I think it pretty much sums up why so many people find working on behalf of children worthwhile and rewarding: ‘One hundred years from now it will not matter what was in my bank account, the kind of car I drove, or the type of house I lived in, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”