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Tracy Irish
Clinical Instructor
Office: ACIV Building, B Wing, Room 220
Phone: 410-455-3050

As faculty in the MAE program, Tracy teaches the science and STEM content courses as well as the educational courses on assessment and evaluation, research designs in education and action research. Tracy’s career started as a research specialist in molecular biology, where she has over 15 years of experience in scientific research. Tracy transitioned to science education and received her Biology teaching certificate then worked with Howard County Public Schools to develop of the Technology Magnet Program Biotechnology strand. There she taught genetics, molecular biology and the biotech junior and senior practicum. Tracy left to become a program approval specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education where she worked with institutions of higher education with teacher preparation programs to assist in program improvement. Tracy is pursuing her PhD in the UMBC Language, Literacy, and Culture Program, where she is analyzing the development of STEM Academies through the STEM Measurement Tool. The title of her dissertation is: Determining the Impact of the STEM Academy Measurement Tool on the Development of K-12 STEM Academies as Professional Learning Communities. Tracy is currently ABD and expects to finish her degree in Spring 2012.