Dr. Molly Nipper is a 17 years teacher veteran. She currently teaches STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at Bendwood School for 3rd-5th grade gifted & talented students. Her curriculum focuses on best practices, inquiry-based, and project-based instructions. The curriculum stimulates intellectual development, creativity, self-reliance, and social responsibility. Teaching strategies that include differentiation and social & emotional development are used to meet the needs of gifted learners. In science, students will discover and apply physics principles as they study engineering in elementary school! Students will integrate technology daily to enrich their lessons. Students will use critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork to complete individual and group projects as they incorporate the Engineering Design Process. To apply mathematics skills, students will learn to calculate physics math problems. Students investigate the exploration of space. Past, present, and future space missions to the Moon and Mars.
Molly just received her doctorate degree in Executive Educational Leadership at Houston Baptist University. She received her Masters of Science teaching degree in 2010 in Physics & Astronomy at Rice University where she had the opportunity to develop her love and passion for space science. Molly received her undergraduate degree in 1994 at the University of Houston with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Biology.
Molly's teaching experience includes fourteen years in the public schools in which she has taught 7th grade Science at Hodges Bend Middle School, high school Physics at Memorial High School, and 3rd-5th grade gifted & talented students STEM at Bendwood School.
As Rice alumni and a life-long learner, she has participated in several Rice Office of STEM Engagement Programs:
Noyce Texas Leadership Initiative for Inquiry Science Teaching (NLIIST)
ConocoPhillips-Rice Applied Mathematics Program (AMP!)
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
ConocoPhillips-Rice Elementary Model STEM Lab (REMSL)
Rice Excellence Secondary Science Teaching (RESST)
As an active participant with the NASA educators program, she is a part of:
Space Exploration Educators Crew (SEEC) 2020
Space Exploration Educators Conference Presenter -2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
NASA LiftOff Alumni- 2019, 2016, 2014
Space Foundation Teacher Liaison- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
NASA Network of States Educator- 2017
MAVEN Educator Ambassador- 2014
Heliophysics Educator Ambassador- 2009
Bendwood School Teacher of the Year 2015