Newly appointed chair of the Texas State Board of Education Barbara Cargill will be the guest speaker at LeTourneau University’s fall conference meeting of the Deep East Texas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.
Cargill will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Lecture Hall (Room 120) of the Education Building on the LETU campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.  The event is open to the public.
Cargill, a science educator from The Woodlands, was appointed chair of the State Board of Education by Gov. Rick Perry on July 1, 2011. She will serve in this leadership role through Feb. 1, 2013.  As a member of the State Board of Education, Cargill, a Republican, represents about 1.4 million Texans who reside in Angelina, Bowie, Cass, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Jasper, Liberty, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Trinity and Tyler.
A Republican, Cargill was first elected to a four-year term of office on the board in November 2004 and was re-elected in 2008. She represents East and Southeast Texas. She has served as chair and vice chair of the board’s Committee on Instruction. Cargill has also been a member of the Committee on Planning.
Cargill is the founder and director of Wonders of the Woodlands Science Camp, which has been operational since 1995. WOW! Science Camp provides creative, hands-on learning to more than 1,200 children each summer. The camp is an outreach program of The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
Cargill has worked in the field of science education for over 25 years. Before founding WOW!, she taught biology in the Garland and Hurst-Euless-Bedford school districts between 1982 and 1991. During her years with the school districts, Cargill actively supported extra-curricular activities through work that included serving as the drill team sponsor, cheerleader sponsor, senior class sponsor, instructor for SAT preparation courses, and CARE team counselor for at-risk students.
More recently, Cargill served on the Commission for a College Ready Texas. Cargill’s teaching skills earned her numerous awards. Cargill won the Thanks to Teachers National Excellence Award, the National Audubon Society Award, and the A.J. Sales Educational Award.
She was a nominee for both the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and the Science Teacher’s Association of Texas Outstanding Teacher award. Currently, Cargill works closely with teachers through professional development training and consulting work.
In addition to her work with science education, Cargill volunteers for many things such as Interfaith of the Woodlands and she enjoys working with the children at Tamina Community Center. She also works with the youth at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Cargill is active at her youngest sons’ high school where she serves on the board of the Parent Teacher Organization.  She holds a Master of Science in Science Education from Texas Women’s University and an undergraduate degree from Baylor University.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, liberal arts, science and psychology. LeTourneau University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, education, engineering, psychology and strategic leadership. In addition to its residential campus in Longview, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Athens, Austin, Baytown, Bedford, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler.