ABOUT OUR FACULTY

Founded by former university faculty and researchers, Learning Sciences International employs only the most highly qualified professionals as staff developers—those with extensive real-world classroom experience.

Jackie Speake, Ed.D

Jackie Speake, Ed.D

Dr. Jackie Speake is a science geek… and proud of it. Dr. Speake loves science (and mathematics) and believes that everyone can learn through inquiry. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park (go Terrapins) in Biological Sciences. After three years as a field biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, two years as a water chemistry lab technician at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and three years as a research biologist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Dr. Speake decided to go back to school in 1997 to get her Master of Education degree in Secondary Science Curriculum/Instruction from the University of South Florida (USF) and became a certified high school biology and marine science teacher. As a life-long learner who really enjoys collaborating and learning with colleagues, she returned to USF to study Education Leadership and Policy and received her doctorate in 2011. Dr. Speake's 20-year teaching career ranges from high school science teacher, district curriculum specialist in a Florida district with 18,000 students, state of Florida Department of Education science program coordinator, and senior director for science in a large Florida school district with more than 100,000 students. Her passion is working with school and district teams to facilitate the development and implementation of standards-driven curriculum, instruction, assessments, inquiry lessons, professional development, and community partnerships.