In August 1998 Barbara Foots retired from her position as Manager of Science, K-12, in the Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology and secondary science teaching certification from Prairie View A&M University, and her M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, as well as her mid-management and supervisory certifications from the University of Houston. She has taught at the middle/junior high school, high school and college levels and was a secondary science instructional supervisor.
Ms. Foots has and continues to serve on task forces, advisory boards, and committees for universities, businesses, informal science institutions, and professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. These include serving as a core advisor for an inquiry-based science video project developed by WGBH in Boston, serving on one of the committees for the development of the National Science Education Standards and working on a project for Walt Disney Production. She has held office in several professional organizations including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Association for Multicultural Science Education. Ms. Foots is an author, editor, speaker and event planner.
Since her retirement, she has found a new career as a Science Education Consultant. In this profession, she specializes in science program and curriculum development and implementation, professional development, and student programs. Her passion for science and youth development is shown through the activities and programs she promotes, supports and conducts.
Ms. Foots was instrumental in developing the Visual Realization Program, a program that has been recognized by NSTA as an exemplary science program. It is included in the NSTA Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8, Standards-Based Success Stories, Volume 3, published in 2005. She was a series author for the 2000 and 2006 Scott Foresman Elementary Science Series and a program consultant for the 2006 and 2008 Scott Foresman Reading program.
Since 2006, Ms. Foots has devoted most of her time serving as the National Camp Director for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.