Millibeth Currie created Women in Charge: Engineering Women's Lives in 2002 and currently serves as the Program DIrector for the organization. The Middle School educator has substantial gender equity experience with a focus on gifted and talented education curriculum development and STEM education. She has been teaching for over 20 years after getting her B.A. from Tulane University and her M.S. from Loyola University. Currie currently teaches science at Moultrie Middle School and serves as their Science Department Chairperson. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early Adolescence Science. She has been award Charleston County Teacher of the Year and Honor Roll Teacher for Charleston County.
Empowering the Learner
Women in Charge: Engineering Women's Lives
It can be concluded students’ aspirations toward careers in mathematics and science are likely to influence both their course selection in those areas and the level of effort put forth in their coursework. Many girls unknowingly let math and science knowledge slip away from them, thereby eliminating many future opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Presented lessons for this program help increase female student interest in and knowledge of mathematics and science subject areas and careers by breaking down the processes needed to enter math and science careers so the student participants can understand the steps needed to prepare for and enter science and mathematics careers. This program meets the National Science Education Standards in several ways and provides many ways to meet the needs of our adolescent female students. While it provides opportunity and encouragement to pursue science, it also provides access to the world beyond the classroom by linking the students with leading science professionals through a series of investigations and trips.
Women in Charge: Engineering Women’s Lives enables early adolescent girls to see that they have the power to engineer the life of which they dream. This programs details the teaching strategies, professional development, and support necessary to deliver high quality science education to all students.
Founder of WIC
Janette Baker is beginning her third year of working with Women in Charge, as well as her second year as a seventh grade math teacher at Moultrie. Before coming to Moultrie, she spent her first two years out of college teaching math and science in Ohio and Indiana. Janette enjoys teaching students through the use of technology, having incorporated laptops and iPads into her classroom to prepare students for 21st century careers. Janette is thrilled for another wonderful year with Women in Charge, encouraging young women to have fun while seeking careers and opportunities that involve math and science!