Deirdre Ricketts has been teaching for over twenty years. She is the lead science teacher and facilitator of the STEAM Lab at Stevens Elementary School, part of the STEAM magnet program, in Houston, TX.
Ms. Ricketts was the winner of the alliantgroup Elementary Science Teacher Award in 2019. This award is done in partnership with the Houston Independent School District.
Born in New York City to parents who immigrated from the Caribbean, Deirdre grew up in Houston and went to the University of Texas at Austin. Her parents promoted education, moral values and a solid work ethic. These paired with her passion for science and STEAM, specifically ensuring equity in STEAM education, have led to Deirdre’s teaching motto: “The World is Your Laboratory!”
Ms. Ricketts strongly believes our nation’s future depends on creating inquisitive learners who are excited by STEAM and are poised to be our next generation of problem solvers, inventors and entrepreneurs. She joined alliantgroup’s Strategic Advisory Board in 2020.