Dr. ten Brink is a Science Specialist for the Austin Independent School District.
Dr. ten Brink finds joy in promoting science to learners of all ages. She is a science educator of 44 years, 34 years as a science administrator. She has coordinated science in grades kindergarten through 12 for Texas Education Agency (TEA), Round Rock Independent School District, and Austin Independent School District. She holds three degrees in science and an additional master’s degree in school administration.
Dr. ten Brink has served as president of the international science teachers, Texas science administrators, and Texas elementary science teachers, a group which she founded. She was director of and now teacher advisor to the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival.
While at TEA, Dr. ten Brink administered $40 million for science statewide textbook adoption, $250 million for Title II science professional development, and $350 million for Title IV safe and drug-free schools. In 2000, she was awarded a $2.95 million Technology in Education (TIE) federal grant to study water quality with 150 teachers and their students throughout Texas.
Dr. ten Brink has received the Conservator of the Colorado River Award which she shared in 2008 with Lady Bird Johnson. The City of Austin presented Dr. ten Brink the distinguished service award in 2004. Dr. ten Brink has received Texas’s Technology Educator award (2000) and a statewide Time Warner STEM Award in 2011.