Biographies: Towson University

Lisa Rainey, 2012-2013

Lisa RaineyMy name is Lisa Rainey and I am the Teacher In Residence at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

My eclectic experiences include teaching in high schools and community college.

The fourteen years spent educating students in area high schools included teaching chemistry, physics, environmental science and algebra (and this was my first year!). When I started teaching I was certified to teach only chemistry, but over the years physics became my favorite subject. Fortunately there was an opportunity to attend a local university where I accrued enough credits to become certified in physics. During my tenure in the high schools, I enjoyed supervising student teachers, mentoring first-year teachers, and exchanging teaching methods with other chemistry and physics teachers. I also had an opportunity to redesign course curricula and develop new courses to include active and engaging activities.

For 20 years at Harford Community College (HCC), in addition to teaching chemistry and physical science, one of my favorite positions at the college was serving as an academic counselor, advising students in career and academic options. As Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at HCC, I oversaw student learning outcomes and assessment; I provided leadership for on-campus faculty professional development activities and workshops, and new faculty orientation.  I developed and managed 90 articulation agreements with local colleges and universities, guaranteeing seamless transfer for students. I was responsible for ensuring all curricular work was completed accurately by Maryland Higher Education standards and they were updated accurately on the program pages of the college catalog. 

I am excited to start the Teacher In Residence position and I am looking forward to using my knowledge and skills to teach and mentor, recruit and prepare future physics teachers.