NGSS Writing Team Member: Jacqueline Smalls

Jacqueline Smalls is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Whitehall Elementary located in Bowie, Maryland for the Prince George’s County Public School System (PGCPS). She serves as her school’s Science Coordinator with the responsibility of providing professional development on Maryland’s Science Elementary Standards and best instructional practices. She also serves as an elementary science curriculum writer for the PGCPS Elementary Science Office and is a lead instructor for the PGCPS Professional Educator’s Induction Program, which provides new teachers professional development on the elementary science curriculum. She also participated in Maryland State Department of Education range-finding sessions for the Maryland School Assessment for Science.

Prior to becoming a teacher Ms. Smalls served in the United States Army for eight years as an Environmental Science Officer. She was the lead consultant in the area of water quality and purification, air monitoring, pest management and control, public health issues, preventive medicine, and industrial hygiene. She traveled around the world to various countries, and continents including Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia, along with 18 states in the United States.

She received a BS in Biology from South Carolina State University and master’s of education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Science and Technology from Loyola University of Maryland.