Keith-Vincent earns Post-Secondary Educator of the Year Award
Lindsey Keith-Vincent, director of the Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC) and Office of Outreach and External Funding for Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education, has earned the Post-Secondary Educator of the Year Award for Region VIII from the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE.)Keith-Vincent received the honor with over 400 colleagues and educational leaders in attendance at this year’s LACUE Conference in New Orleans. LACUE provides a forum and support for educators to share ideas and materials as well as representing the needs of educators and students as they relate to the use of technology, especially computers, within instructional environments to regional, state, and national agencies. “I was honored and humbled when contacted about the selection by Mrs. Debbie Pender,” Keith-Vincent said. “LACUE is comprised of an amazing group of educators that are making great strides in e-learning, and I am fortunate to get to work with many in LACUE through SciTEC’s Office of Professional Education Outreach. I definitely believe I learn much more from those I serve than they do from me.” As the director of SciTEC, Keith-Vincent collaborates with colleagues across the nation and develops STEM-focused funding and outreach initiatives in the PK-20 arena. She manages the Office of Professional Education Outreach (OPEO), the IDEA Place, Louisiana’s only NASA Educator Resource Center, the “Funnery” makerspace, the CenterG research collaborative, and the Louisiana Tech Planetarium. SciTEC has been a critical contributor to the design, development, and support of recent large scale university initiatives including the UTeachTech program, which is supported through a $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Math and Science Initiative. In addition to her role in SciTEC, Keith-Vincent serves in the Office of Outreach and External Funding and provides leadership on effort related to growing and enriching personal and professional connections between the College of Education and its constituents and stakeholders. “As Director for Outreach and External Funding for the College of Education, Lindsey personifies the vision and spirit of our college in that she exemplifies excellence through education,” said Dr. Don Schillinger, dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Education. “Through the multiple units she directs, including the Science and Technology Education Center and the Office for Professional Education Outreach, Mrs. Keith-Vincent provides the resources, support and collaborative environment necessary for educators to grow professionally. “I am very pleased that she is a key member of our leadership team, and speaking for the entire College of Education family, we are very proud of her for achieving this award.” The College of Education at Louisiana Tech seeks to provide high quality educational experiences for current and prospective professionals, from baccalaureate through doctoral levels, to enhance and extend the knowledge bases under-girding professional programs through research and other scholarly activities, and to deliver professional services to the various businesses, civic and educational communities through collaborative endeavors.