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Strathmore Legends: Barbara R. Taber

Barbara R. Taber, Ed.D. PhotoBarbara R. Taber, Ed.D.
BiographyBarbara R. Taber was the Chairperson of the Science Department as well as a Classroom Educator at Churchland High School before she retired. Dr. Taber has been twice nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Among other numerous awards and honors, Dr. Taber is the recipient of the SAIC Science Teaching Tools Award and has been a TASE Teacher of the Year. Dr. Taber received a Master’s degree in Education at Virginia Polytech and State University and a Doctorate in Education from Jones International University. Dr. Taber developed and wrote the curriculum for NAS 215: Man and His Environment, Oceanography, Ecology: From the River to the Bay, and has presented at local, state and national conferences. Her dissertation was titled Teacher Attitudes Toward Use of Problem-based Learning in Science Courses with State-mandated, End of Course Testing. Dr. Taber has been a member of many teaching associations and honor societies as well as being a former member of the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad and a Life Member of Bennett’s Creek Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Nansemond Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad. She served as a volunteer Nationally Registered Paramedic and an EMT instructor for 30 years and a Firefighter Level II for 15 years. Currently, Dr. Taber serves as a Lead Evaluator and/or Team Member for AdvancED Virginia. Recently she added AdvancED STEM/STEAM evaluator to her resume. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, fishing, reading, art, and jogging 5K in the local YMCA pool.
IndustryEducation
TitleScience Department Chair and Classroom Educator (Retired) at Churchland High School
ExpertiseScience, Administration, Art
Type of OrganizationHigh school
Major ProductEducation
Area of DistributionVirginia
University/DegreeA.A. Liberal Arts, Averett Junior College, 1969; B.S., Old Dominion Univ., 1971; M.A., Education, Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ. (VA Tech), 1972; A.S., Environmental Protection, Tidewater Community College; Ed.D., Jones International Univ. 2011
Honors & AwardsDelta Kappa Gamma-Gamma Rho Chapter, Honorary Teacher's Society, 2010-2014, Nominated and accepted to Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society for Educators and Phi Delta Kappa International, 2006-present, Phi Theta Kappa, 1996, Tidewater Community College, National Community College Honor Society; TASE Science Teacher of the Year, 1994; Nominated twice for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching; SAIC Science Teaching Tools Award, $1000.00, 2010; National Environmental Education Grant, Urban Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin at Steven's Point, 2010; Who's Who Among American High School Teachers, nominated several times; Sigma Xi Outstanding High School Science of Mathematics Teacher, 1996; TASE Teacher of the Year; Virginia Dominion Power Grant, $3,000.00, 1999
Published WorksDissertation: Teacher Attitudes Toward the Use of Problem-based Learning in Science Courses with State-mandated, End of Course Testing; Development of problem-based units on energy, wetland ecology, and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through a Hampton University/Portsmouth Public Schools SCHEV Grant partnerships; Curriculum Development and Implementation in 3 subject areas-Earth Science II: Oceanography, Biology II: Ecology, Emergency Medical Technology I; Developed and wrote the curriculum for NAS 215: Man in His Environment, a dual enrollment course with Tidewater College; Presented at local, state and national conference several times; Developed and wrote the curriculum for Ecology a 5E, Problem Based Curriculum, 2014-15
AffiliationsNSTA, VAST, TASE, National State and Local Association for Science Teachers-20 years; NEA, VEA, PEA, National, State and Local Teachers' Association, 1987-present; Volunteer and Community Service-Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach VA, 1980-83; Life Member, Bennett's Creek Volunteer Rescue Squad, Suffolk VA; Driver Volunteer Fire Dept., Suffolk VA, 1995-98; Life Member, Nansemond Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad, Suffolk VA; Retired VA Paramedic and Firefighter
Hobbies & SportsScuba diving, fishing, reading, art
Work HistoryClassroom Teacher, Nansemond County Schools, 1972-73; Classroom Teacher, Chesapeake City Public Schools, 1973-84; Classroom Teacher, Grand Prairie ISD, 1983-87; Classroom Teacher, Portsmouth City Public Schools, 1987-2015; Lead Evaluator for AdvancED (SACS-CASI) 2015- present
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