Bio

Mary Witte, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, has served at Baylor for more than 15 years. She currently teaches Baylor juniors, known as Teaching Associates, who are seeking a degree in Early Childhood through sixth Grade with a dual certification in Gifted and Talented Education during their junior year at Hillcrest Professional Development School. She also serves as the University Liaison from Baylor to Waco ISD. Dr. Witte also supervises Early Childhood through Sixth-Grade Interns in their year-long internship during their senior year. For 15 years, she was the director of the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment (CCLE) which provides programs for gifted and talented students, their teachers, and their parents. The Center hosts University for Young People, a summer enrichment program for first-twelfth graders, and the annual Fall Gifted and Talented Conference for teachers and parents of the gifted.

Dr. Witte’s expertise and research interests include extracurricular experiences for gifted students, curriculum in gifted education, programs for gifted students who are considered at-risk due to low socio-economics, and work in Professional Development Schools. She has been published in Gifted Child Today, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Educational Leadership. Dr. Witte presents regularly at the National Conference for Professional Development Schools and at the National Association for Gifted Children.

While directing the CCLE, Dr. Witte administered more than $1.25 million of grants and contracts. Since 2000, those include Project Promise with the City of Waco, GEAR-UP, Reading Camps, Math Camps, and the Texas Young Lawyer's Association. Project Promise, a program to assist low socio-economic gifted students to aspire to higher education, began in 1999 and continues today. Project Promise follow-up research showed that 100 percent of the students who participated in Project Promise graduated from high school, 94 percent pursued postsecondary education, and more than 50 percent attended a four-year institution. In 2006, Project Promise was awarded the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award by the National Community Development Association in Washington, D.C.

Degrees (3)

B.S. Elementary Education
1978
Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction
1996
Baylor University
Waco, Texas

M.S.Ed. Educational Administration
1993
Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Certifications (3)

Gifted and Talented Endorsement
1993

Principalship
1993

Elementary Education
1978

Research Interests (2)

At-Risk Gifted and Talented

Professional Development Schools

Expertise (4)

Curriculum and Instruction

Gifted and Talented Education

Teacher Education

Elementary Education