Mary M. Witte, Ed.D.
Lecturer, Curriculum and Instruction
School of Education
One Bear Place #97314
Waco, TX 76798-7314
Office: Draper 143
Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Baylor University, 1996
Master of Science, Educational Administration, Baylor University, 1993
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Baylor University, 1978
Witte, M. (2004). Through Another’s Eyes: Engaging Gifted Students in Interdisciplinary Curricula. Gifted Child Today 27 (92), 52-53.
Crawford, M. & Witte, M. (1999). Strategies for mathematics: Teaching in context. Educational Leadership 57 (3), 34-38.
Kershaw, J.F. and Witte, M. (1999, April). The dynamic world of automotive service technicians. NTPN Connections, insert.
Witte, M. (1998, June). Portfolios: From collections to personal significance. NTPN Connections, insert.
Loring, R. and Witte, M. (1998). Preparing the workers of the 21st century. School to Work News 3, no. 2, 28 29.
Johnsen, S., Haensly, P., Ryser G., Ford, V. Christian, V., Davalos, D., Griffin, G., Purdy, J., and Witte, M. (1997). Adapting the elementary classroom for gifted students. Tempo 17, no 1, 23 25.
Philosophy of Teaching:
Being a former student at Baylor serves as a background for my love for Baylor and her students. What I experienced during my undergraduate years provided an excellent preparation for my success in the public schools as a early childhood through second grade teacher. In 1991, I felt a calling out of the public school classroom and back to Baylor to further my knowledge of the art and science of teaching. It was a step of faith and obedience to the Lord's calling for my life. As the Lord opened doors one-by-one and I took each step of faith, I realized that the Lord's ultimate goal, as well as the passion of my life, would be to teach at Baylor. It is an honor and a privalege to serve our students with the Baylor faculty.
I am especially interested in modeling best teaching practices with what I would like for my education students who are preparing for their gifted and talented certificate to do in their own classrooms. Effectiveness of my own teaching is an area of my research interests.
I am also interested in curriculum writing and implementation, and research for their effectiveness in my classroom and the classrooms of my education students preparing for their gifted and talented certificate.
Differentiation: From Knowledge to Practice, breakout session, National Association for Gifted Children, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2004.
Developing High Quality Gifted Teachers, breakout session, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, Houston, TX, November 2003.
Community Collaborative Programs Support Students and Parents, breakout session, National Association for Gifted Children, Indianapolis, IN, November 2003.
Developing Social and Academic Characteristics Among Gifted Students Labeled At-Risk, breakout session, Council for Exceptional Children, Seattle, WA, April 2003.
Following up gifted and talented students identified at risk. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Gifted Children, Denver, CO, November 2002.
A Follow-Up Study of Inner City Gifted and Talented Students Labeled At Risk, breakout session, Council for Exceptional Children, New York, NY, April 2002.
Grants and Contracts:
Administrator-Gear Up Waco Enrichment funded for $65,282 per year by US Department of Education 1999-2005
Administrator-City of Waco Project Promise funded for $48,050 per year 1999-2005
Administrator-Gear Up Enrichment Congressional Award funded for $19,471 2003-2004
Assistant for Implementation-Gear Up Waco Math Initiative funded for $40,000 per year by US Department of Education 1999-2004Co-Investigator-Texas Young Lawyers Association funded for $1,300 for one year 2001