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Barbara R. Taber

Biography: Barbara R. Taber is Chair of the Science Dept. at Churchland High School (Retired). She earned her A.A. in Liberal Arts at Averett Junior College in 1969 followed by her B.S. at Old Dominion University in 1971. In 1972, she earned her M.A. in Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her Ed.D. at Jones International University. In 2011, she earned her A.S. in Environmental Protection at Tidewater Community College. Dr. Taberís illustrious career began as a Classroom Teacher in the Nansemond County Schools from 1972-73. From 1973-84, she was a Classroom Teacher in the Chesapeake City Public Schools. From 1983-87, she was a Classroom Teacher for the Grand Prairie ISD and then was a Classroom Teacher for the Portsmouth City Public Schools from 1987-2015. Currently, she is the Lead Evaluator for AdvancED, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI). Dr. Taber is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations including the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society Award for Educators. She was also nominated twice for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Her published works include a Dissertation: Teacher Attitudes Toward the Use of Problem-based Learning in Science Courses with State-mandate, End of Course Testing among others. Dr. Taber is associated with NSTA, VAST, and TASE. She is also a volunteer with the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in Virginia Beach, Virginia and a Life Member of Nansemond Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad, Suffolk, Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving, fishing, reading and art.
Industry: Education
Current Organization: Churchland High School (Retired)
Type of Organization: High school
Major Product: Education
Area of Distribution: Virginia
Expertise: Science, Administration, and Art
University/Degree: A.A. Liberal Arts, Averett Junior College, 1969; B.S., Old Dominion Univ., 1971; M.A., Education, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., 1972; A.S., Environmental Protection, Tidewater Community College; Ed.D., Jones International Univ., 2011
Title: Retired Science Department Chair and Classroom Educator
Work History: Classroom 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
Honors & Awards: Delta 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 Works: Dissertation: 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
Affiliations: NSTA, 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 Fire Fighter
Hobbies & Sports: Scuba diving, fishing, reading, art
Email: teachrpmff1@verizon.net