Faculty and Staff
Dr. Watson is a UTeaChattanooga Co-Director and Associate Professor of Science Education at UTC. She holds a B.S. degree in biology from Western Kentucky University, a masters degree in science education, and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in math, science and technology, both from Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining the faculty at UTC, she was a high school biology and physical science teacher for ten years at Wayne County High School in Jesup, GA. Dr. Watson's research interests include science education, gender in education, multiculturalism and diversity, and curriculum studies. She has published extensively in national and international journals, has presented at national and international conferences, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of Teacher Education, Gender and Education and the International Journal of Science Education. Dr. Watson has been the recipient of many awards for teaching, service and research during her tenure at UTC. Her students fondly refer to her as "Dr.W."
Dr. Kuhn, is a UTeaChattanooga Co-Director and Professor of Mathematics at UTC. He earned his B. S. (Louisiana State University), M.S. (University of Southwestern Louisiana) and Ph. D. (University of Georgia) in Mathematics and has been at UTC since 1978. For many years prior to his work with UTeaChattanooga, Dr. Kuhn has been interested in improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in high schools and universities. To sustain efforts to support and evaluate teacher training, equipment purchases, and materials and curriculum development, he has been awarded many grants totaling over $800K, including several large ones from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. To present his findings, he has given many presentations at local, regional and national conferences. He is the recipient of several awards for teaching.
Lisa Wilkes is the mathematics master teacher for UTeaChattanooga. She taught 7th grade math, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Advanced Algebra II & Trigonometry for thirteen years at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and a masters in secondary mathematics education from UTC. Through her work with varied professional development seminars and workshops, including Texas Instruments’ Teacher Leader Cadre (TI-Nspire), Critical Friends Group (National School Reform Faculty at the Harmony Education Center), and the Teacher Excellence Program in Math and Science, Lisa is devoted to the education profession and improving teacher practice. She emphatically says that math is a verb, you have to do it to get it.
Lynn Robertson is a science Master Teacher for UTeaChattanooga. She has taught middle and high school sciences and served as a consulting teacher and NSF science specialist for Hamilton County Schools. Prior to joining the UTeach faculty, she taught biological sciences and was an academic coach in North Georgia. She holds an undergraduate degree in secondary education from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga.) Having an interest in all aspects of teaching and learning, she has served on state Gateway assessment committees, textbook adoptions, presented at national conferences, and compiled the Georgia state standards for Zoology. One accomplishment she considers most rewarding is the number of new teachers she has mentored that are now successful classroom instructors. And one professional goal she wishes she could accomplish...stamping out "cook book" labs!
Shelley Pritchard is a science Master Teacher at UTeaChattanooga. The majority of her 23 years at Chattanooga Central High School were spent teaching chemistry, ecology, geology, scientific research, and various mathematics courses. She served as an academic coordinator working with new teachers, developing high school transition programs, TCAP writing initiatives, and new course developments that addressed the needs of Centralís career academies. Shelley received her undergraduate degree in secondary science education from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master in education from Cumberland University. Shelley believes every day is a chance to learn and grow. Through the profession of teaching, she has been blessed to be a part of her studentsí growth.
Avalon Gourlay is the Assessment Coordinator and Advisor at UTeaChattanooga. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Research Psychology from UTC. She is interested in program evaluation and has worked with many departments on several state and federal grants. With research interests ranging from informed assent in the pediatric oncology population to assessing students’ success in nursing school, she has presented at several national and regional conferences.
Matthew Smith is the Program Liaison at UTeaChattanooga. He has a bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing his master's degree in Special Education: Mild Disabilities at UTC. Matt is interested in the positive impacts of high school inclusion, the creation of interventions to increase student success, and the importance of effective feedback for pre-service teachers.
Jonathan Hoskins is the Term IT Technician at UTeaChattanooga. He is currently persuing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science with focus in Software Systems.