Pamela Jett

Pamela Jett
Instructor, General Education and Science Education
Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Room 249 - College of Education and Human Development
Office: 502-852-0574
pmjett01 @

Dr. Jett's curriculum vita [PDF]


I have been teaching since I set up my own classroom in my basement during long, lazy summer days long ago in Cincinnati, Ohio. My formal teaching career began in Jefferson County Public Schools at T.T. Knight Middle School. From there, I moved with my husband to the state of Delaware where I taught science for 10 years. As an undergraduate Biology major with a Secondary Education degree, I had to beef up on Physical Science and Chemical Science and Earth Science during my teaching career. I truly valued those day of teaching middle school students all things science.

When I am not teaching I love the outdoors, especially gardening and walking, along with nature photography, dining out at local restaurants, traveling overseas, and spending as much time as I can with my 3 grandchildren.

Currently, I teach Building Learning Communities where students learn to consider the many components of managing a highly functional classroom where student learning is at the forefront. I also teach Science Methods where I put those many years of teaching science to use, guiding the pre-service teachers in the nuances of teaching science to elementary students.

In addition, I serve as the program coordinator for the Masters in Education Teacher Leadership Program for in-service teachers who seek to deepen their knowledge and expertise with assessments, teaching diverse students, coaching and mentoring other teachers and doing self-studies of their own practice. This master’s program also allows teachers to concentrate in Classroom Reading, ESL, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, P-5 Math Specialist or Special Education and was designed to provide many options for the busy classroom teacher to take courses in person or online. My research interests include: formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and clinical practices for the pre-service teacher.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville, 2009
  • EdS, Education Administration, University of Louisville, 2001
  • MS, Secondary Education Education, Spalding University, 1988
  • BS, Biology, Secondary Education, Spalding University, 1973

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Favorite Nominee, University of Louisville, 2009 & 2010
  • Graduate Dean's Citation, University of Louisville, 2009
  • State Finalist, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, 1995
  • Stanford University's Human Biology Middle School Curriculum Developer, 1991-1995
  • Science Teacher of the Year Award, Oldham County Schools, Kentucky 1989

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association of Science Teacher Educators
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Science Teacher Association
  • National Middle school Association

Selected Publications

  • Jett, P. M. (2011). Knowing what your students know. ASCD Express 6.20
  • Johnson, H. A. & Jett, P. M. (1993). Making the connection. Science Scope (16) 6, 4-6.
  • "Inside Kentucky Schools – Spokesperson for a feature story about North Oldham Middle School produced by Kentucky Department of Education, January 2003.
  • Featured in an article about health education in The Courier-Journal, April 1998.
  • "Making Science the Heart of the Middle School Curriculum," published by Scholastic Middle Years, January 1995. Article featuring the Hum-Bio curriculum as implemented by my middle school team.