Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
Las Cruces, NM
Bio/Overview: Hull is an Instructional Specialist for the Las Cruces Public Schools in Las Cruces, accomplished educator, innovative instructional coach and a committed professional development consultant. As a 2012 TAF, Hull has conducted numerous roundtable discussions with teachers all across the southern United States and has taken the lead in highlighting the needs of students and teachers in the southwest. She is committed to continuing to promote the dialogue between educators in the southwest and the Department of Education as a TAF alumnus. After working for Deming Public Schools in Deming, New Mexico for the past 6 years, located approximately 30 miles from the Mexican border, Hull took on this new position in Las Cruces. She is also an online faculty member and science content specialist for Jones International University. She relocated to New Mexico in 2007 after teaching science for 14 years in New York State. Hull has taught biology to students ranging from middle school through college. She has coordinated and led science fairs at the local and county levels and she continued her leadership as a science teacher in New Mexico by becoming the head of the science department and the advisor of the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) team at Deming High School. As Instructional Specialist, she observes and coaches teachers, plans staff development, facilitates action research, assists in technology integration and collects data on instructional practices.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Hull was inspired to become a science teacher while taking an Advanced Biology course in high school, where her professor helped students make a personal connection with the science content which motivated them to want to learn. Her experience in that class inspired her to do the same with her students for over 16 years, and in her current role as Instructional Leader she uses the same philosophy with the educators she trains, coaches and leads. Hull believes that in order for learners to be engaged they need to personally connect to the content and come equipped with the personal development tools necessary to effectively assimilate that content with their prior knowledge. Hull is committed to the philosophy of continuous improvement both personally and professionally.
Achievements: Hull is a member of the International Honor Society in Education Kappa Delta Pi, the National Leadership Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa, and was a recipient of a U.S. Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship. Hull has received the Deming High School Disc of Dedication Award in 2008, and the Cairo-Durham Teacher with Outstanding Professional Service Award in 1995. She also recently completed advanced training in the skill of Cognitive Coaching, which she utilizes to assist teachers in becoming self-directed learners. In her community, Hull received the Toastmasters Competent Communicator Award in 2010 for her public speaking abilities.
Leadership Experience: Hull has been a leader in science education, as evidenced by her role as a regular presenter at New York and New Mexico teaching conferences. Her workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, motivational techniques, continuous improvement methods and teacher personal development have been popular among conference participants. For the past four years, Hull has created and implemented a monthly personal development workshop training series called “Feed Your Mind” that focuses on increasing the productivity and performance of teachers and staff. She has also been invited to present at various schools in New York and New Mexico. Hull has also served as Vice President of Membership for Toastmasters and has been a Weight Watchers Leader since 2005.
Affiliations: ASCD, New Mexico ASCD President, NM Public Education Department’s State Literacy Team, Toastmasters International, Science Teachers Association of New York State, the New York State United Teachers, National Science Teachers Association and New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.
Education: Hull received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/Secondary education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in natural sciences from Colgate University, and recently earned a doctorate in K-12 educational leadership from Jones International University, graduating summa cum laude.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Personal development for educators
- Teacher leadership and action research
- Curriculum personalization
- Literacy initiatives
- Border issues in education