Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

Hethyr Tregerman

Lead Science Instructional Coach

Hethyr Tregerman joined the CSME staff in 2006 as a Science Instructional Coach.  Through this work she supports science teachers in the understanding of the foundational framework found in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through the use of high quality, research-based curricula such as SEPUP, FOSS, and STC in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  She also spends time providing science professional development to administrators and teachers around what high quality science instruction is and looks like and the integration of reading and writing in science based off the Common Core State Standards in ELA for Science and Technical subjects (RST and WHST standards).  In addition, Hethyr oversees a group of Professional Development Leaders (PDLs), which consist of about 25 middle grade CPS science teachers whose focus is to provide valuable professional development for their colleagues in the district so they have the skills to best instruct their students.

In addition to the instructional coaching work at Loyola, Hethyr is a current Regional Illinois Science Teacher’s Association (ISTA) Director for Chicago and conference co-chair of the 2013 ISEC conference.  She co-teaches science endorsement courses at Loyola and also trains teachers nationally on the use and implementation of NSF funded, research-based science instructional materials, SEPUP.  She has published in the field of science and education and has presented at various national and local science education and leadership conferences (ISTA, NSTA, ASCD).

Prior to her time at Loyola, Hethyr was a middle school science teacher with CPS.  She received her M.Ed. in Science Education from Loyola University, Chicago in 2008, and her B.S. from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo (yes, there really is a Kalamazoo).  She also hates ice cream and loves Brussels sprouts.