Faculty and Staff



Educational Background

Kim Distin, MAT

Kim Distin, PhD
Program Coordinator and Materials Manager
FN 3.308J
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  • PhD in Philosophy in Science Education, Curtin University, Perth, AU
  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BS in Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Teaching Certification(s): Composite Science 6-12

Katie Donaldson, MAT Katie Donaldson, MAT
Master Teacher
FN 3.410
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  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BS in Zoology, Texas A&M University
  • Teaching Certification(s): Secondary Biology, Secondary Chemistry

Floyd Dorsey, MEd Floyd Dorsey, M.Ed
Master Teacher
FN 3.410
972-883-2417 [email protected]
  • M. Ed in Administration, Lamar University
  • BS in Math Education, HPERD, East Central University
  • Teaching Certification(s): Mathematics 6-12, Computer Science, HPERD

Bill Gammons, Jr, MAT Bill Gammons, Jr, MAT
Master Teacher
FN 3.308L
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  • MAT in Administration Math, Sam Houston University
  • BA in Mathematics, Sam Houston University
  • Teaching Certification(s): Secondary Math

Dr. Pamela Gossin Pamela Gossin, PhD
Associate Professor Arts and Humanities
JO 5.304
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  • Dual PhD in History of Science and English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA in English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BA in English and Latin, Math minor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Vinita Hajeri, PhD
Senior Lecturer 
FN 3.308E  
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  • PhD in Molecular Biology, University of North Texas
  • MS in Botany, University of Mumbai

Emily Hennessey 

Emily Hennessey, MAT
Senior Lecturer
FN 3.218B
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  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BA in Elementary Education, University of Dallas
  • Teaching Certification(s): Elementary 1-8, Elementary English 1-8 

 Pam Kirkland, MEd Pam Kirkland, M.Ed
Master Teacher/ Induction
FN 3.308Q
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  • M.Ed. in Administration, Concordia University
  • BA in Microbiology, UT Austin
  • Teaching Certification(s): Biology, Secondary Life Earth Science, English as a Second Language Supplemental

Hailey King, MEd Hailey King, M.Ed
FN 3.308P
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  • M.Ed in Higher Education Administration, University of Houston
  • BS in Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Amin Lalani Amin Lalani
Master Teacher

Tel 972-883-6451
Fax 972-883-6796
  • MA in Mathematics, UT Austin
  • BS in Mathematics, UT Tyler
  • Teaching Certification(s): Mathematics Grades 6-12

Jim McConnell, Ed.D Jim McConnell, Ed.D
Master Teacher
FN 3.308B
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  • Ed.D in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction,  TAMU Commerce
  • MS in Psychology/ Physics, TAMU Commerce
  • BS in Mathematics/ Physics, UT Arlington
  • Teaching Certification(s): Secondary Physics, Secondary Math, Psychology

Stephanie Taylor, PhD
Senior Lecturer
FN 3.308C
[email protected]

  • PhD in Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
  • BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UT Dallas


Mary Urquhart Mary L. Urquhart, PhD
SME Head/Associate Professor
UTeach Dallas Co-Director
FN 3.218C
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  • Ph.D in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.S. in Geophysics, Astrophysics,  New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

 Kate York, PhD Kate York, PhD
Master Teacher
FN 3.410A
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  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education, Texas Tech University
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • B.A. in Biology, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Southwestern University
  • Teaching Certification(s): Principal K-12, Life Science 8-12, Composite Science 8-12, English/Language Arts 8-12; Dance 6-12