Sheila Hendry


Teaching interests

SME 489 Student Teaching in Science I

SME 490 Student Teaching in Science II

SME 460 Methods of Teaching Science--Secondary

SME 432 Science for Elementary Teachers

SME 703 Foundations of Science and Mathematics Education

With over a decade of experience teaching high school biology, I advise biology licensure students and am their supervisor for student teaching experiences. I work with these teacher interns while they plan lessons, determine how to manage each class, build rapport with their students, and reflect on their experiences. I observe and evaluate their teaching and supply feedback to help them become effective, qualified teachers. In my methods courses, students explore various strategies of teaching, with inquiry-based learning highly emphasized. I work with local schools to provide meaningful practicum experiences for these students, giving them a glimpse of what their future holds.

As a teacher of future teachers, I believe it is important to be a good role model for my students. I encourage independent thinking, cooperative learning, and making good, detailed observations. I try to make the content information meaningful to my students' lives so that one day they can pass the knowledge on to their students, who find it meaningful as well. I require my students to continually self-reflect in order to improve on areas of weakness.

As state director of the Mississippi Science Olympiad, I have had the pleasure of bringing together USM faculty, staff, students, and even alumni to help with the annual state tournament. What started as a CoST endeavor now involves not only the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and departments such as Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Physics but also Criminal Justice (Forensics Science), the School of Nursing, the School of Construction, the School of Computing, the Stennis Center, and the Air Force and Army ROTCs. In addition, other institutions have become involved: faculty and students from William Carey University volunteer to help with the state tournament; Ole Miss, Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, and Co-Lin Community College in Natchez host the regional tournaments. This is a growing outreach program that encourages and educates numerous STEM students, many of whom will hopefully choose to attend USM.

I also work with the USM chapter of Roots and Shoots, which sponsors various community services, from a 5K run in support of the Hattiesburg Zoo to the Haunted Science Trail in the Biological Sciences Learning Center.