Hailing from Houston, Texas, Shane Nicole Woods graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in Biology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Middle Grades Science Education and further extended her learning to include educational administration and project management. Ms. Woods had the pleasure of working in Fort Worth ISD for over 17 years. During her tenure with the district, she served as a middle school teacher for five years at J.P. Elder where she was also tasked with being the department chair and lead content teacher. Shane also held the positions of Assistant Principal, Dean of Instruction, and Middle School Science Specialist. For over six years, Ms. Woods was the K-12 Science Director and managed a multi-million-dollar budget that ensured every student had access to a properly outfitted science lab and learned a standards-aligned curriculum taught by teachers who were supported with on-going professional learning. She also served as a co-lead contributor for the design new STEM courses, STEM dual credit pathways and STEM summer experiences including job shadowing.
Shane Woods has been in her current position as Director of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence for over a year. The STEM Center of Excellence is a 92-acre living laboratory where girls of all ages can explore and develop their competence and confidence in science, technology, engineering and math – all while cultivating essential skills such as confidence, resilience, leadership, risk taking, and problem solving. Throughout the year, K-12 co-ed students from school districts across North Texas come to the camp to develop their STEM identity, recognition and competence. Ms. Woods plays an integral part in ensuring that all children, especially those who are Girl Scouts, are changing the workforce pipeline in STEM to meet the need for female voices, engagement and leadership in the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy.
Ms. Woods continues to go above and beyond for the STEM community as an active member of several local, state and national educational committees. She is the Board Treasurer for the Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair. She acts as an informal education advisor for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Education Advisory Committee, the Women Leading Technology Sorority, the Grand Prairie Young Women’s Leadership Academy T-STEM Advisory Board, Texas Ecosystem STEM Executive Committee and the Lancaster Business Advisory Committee. For the Texas Science Education Leadership Association, Shane served two terms as the President from 2017-2019. In June 2020, Shane will begin her three-year term as the Board Treasurer for the National Science Educational Leadership Association. She is also a frequent speaker at local, state and national science expos and conferences for teachers and school administrators.