2019 STEM Education and Social Justice in Belize

Program Description

UCA in Belize will give students the unique opportunity to experience the classroom from a new perspective. Partnering with Teachers 2 Teachers Global and the Toledo District Ministry of Education, UCA students will spend a week in a local school observing local teaching methods, collaborating with local teachers, planning and participating professional development, and designing and executing a culturally appropriate STEM lesson (the official language of Belize is English!). Excursions include visiting nearby islands and Mayan archeological sites to become familiar with local culture.


Course Offerings

2019 Summer Course Approval Form

Professor Loi Booher, Mathematics Lecturer II

MATH 4380 Special Problems in Mathematics

MATH 6380 Seminar

HONC 3310

LALS 3300 Topics in Latin America

Professor Michelle Buchanan, STEMteach Master Teacher

      EDUC 2330 Topics in Social Justice in Teaching and Learning


Important Dates

On-Campus Classes: May 13-16, 2019

Tentative Travel Dates: May 17-25, 2019

On-Campus Classes: May 27-30, 2019


Faculty Leaders

Professor Booher and Prof. Buchanan in Costa Rica with Teacher 2 Teacher 2017

Loi Booher is a Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at UCA. She has a B.A. with majors in mathematics and Spanish and a M.A. in Math Education, both from UCA. Booher has deep passion for experiencing, studying, and serving cultures around the globe. As an undergraduate, she participated in study abroad trips to Mexico and Spain, the latter was extended into backpacking through Spain, Italy, and Greece. More recently, she traveled to various countries in Latin America for mission trips, teaching trips, and pleasure. She partnered with Teachers 2 Teachers Global working alongside educators in Guatemala and Galapagos Islands during summers and served as team leader for the Costa Rica location. Booher is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. Her research interests include educational leadership and STEM professional development for Latin American teachers and cultural mathematics.

Michelle Buchanan

Michelle Buchanan, MAT, NBCT, GEC2 has been teaching for 19 years. She taught junior high science and engineering for 14 years. Buchanan traveled with her junior high students to France, Italy, Sicily, Malta, and Australia as well as scientific and educational expeditions to Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, and Costa Rica. She regularly travels to Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic for cultural connections through American football with her husband. She received many national awards for her teaching, curriculum, and lessons in science and gifted instruction including TED-Ed Distinguished Educator, PBS Innovative Teacher Award, Edward C. Roy National Teacher of the Year, and U.S. Department of Education’s Star Teaching Award. Buchanan is currently working on her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a focus in gifted and talented education at the University of Central Arkansas. She received her master’s degree from Louisiana College in Pineville and her bachelor of science degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. She teaches courses on project-based instruction that incorporates edtech, classroom diversity and differentiation, and educational psychology and pedagogy for STEMteach. Her research interests include STEM education with teacher education, classroom diversity, educational technology, and gifted education.


Program Cost

Belize Program Cost 2019

For information about international insurance coverage: https://uca.edu/studyabroad/health-and-safety/