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(ASHBURN, VA) July 30th, 2023—JASON Learning, a nonprofit focused on STEM education, presented the esteemed “Leading By Example” award to Xandra Williams-Earlie, Program Director of High School Science for Aldine Independent School District (Aldine ISD) in Texas.

Aldine ISD, with a student population of approximately 62,000 and located on the north side of the greater Houston area, serves a community where 92% of students face economic disadvantages. Despite these challenges, Xandra Williams-Earlie’s exceptional leadership has transformed STEM education within the district.

This honor celebrates her unwavering dedication to her students, community, and the advancement of STEM education. Xandra’s outstanding leadership in integrating STEM learning across multiple subjects has not only enriched the educational experience but also empowered students to overcome barriers and pursue careers in STEM.

“Xandra is a tenacious leader, deeply passionate about fostering real-world STEM exposure and innovative thinking. Texas, Aldine, and JASON Learning have been blessed by her willingness to mentor and influence science education and district leaders across all disciplines.”

Debra Hill, Vice President of Curriculum Development at JASON Learning

Xandra Williams-Earlie’s 46 years of dedicated service in public schools have significantly impacted science education throughout Texas. Her commitment to excellence in the field has earned her recognition as the President of the Texas Science Education Leadership Association, as well as the prestigious Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award in 2020.

As an early adopter and passionate advocate of JASON Learning, Xandra has seamlessly integrated JASON’s innovative STEM resources into the curriculum, providing students in Aldine ISD with engaging and interdisciplinary learning experiences. 

“Xandra has an incredible ability to bring STEM subjects to life in the classroom, making them not only relevant but also exciting and enjoyable for her students. We are honored to recognize her outstanding contributions and celebrate her as a true champion of STEM.”

Dr. Eleanor Smalley, President and CEO of JASON Learning. 

JASON Learning expresses sincere gratitude to Xandra Williams-Earlie for her invaluable contributions to science education and for being a champion of JASON Learning’s mission. Her leadership, vision, and commitment to fostering STEM education have shaped the trajectory of science learning in Texas and inspired educators and students alike.


About JASON Learning

JASON Learning is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit transforming science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through real-world STEM curricula, project-based learning experiences for Pre-K-12 students, and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON’s mission is to “inspire and educate students everywhere through real science and exploration.” To learn more about JASON, visit  

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