about the author

about Dr. Barbara
Ten Brink

I am a native Texan from a military family with the advantage of living in Japan, Germany, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas. I am married to Henri A. ten Brink, Attorney. We have one child, Sam.

Professional Responsibilities – I coordinate science instruction and teacher training for special projects offered to Austin ISD, an urban district of 82,000 students. (Retired December, 2019)


Ph.D. Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Biology from Southwest Texas State University
B.S. Elementary Education from Texas Tech University


2003-2019 Science Education Administrator – Texas Education Agency, Round Rock ISD, Austin ISD
1980-1982 Instructor and Supervisor – University of Texas at Austin, science methods and student teachers
1978-1980 Instructor – Southwest Texas State University, science methods and biology and geology
1976-1978 Science Teacher – Lexington Public Schools, Virginia, Dallas ISD, San Antonio ISD


Traveling with Isaac Newton, Barbara ten Brink, Dorrance Publishers, 2019
Choosing the Path of Teaching – A Letter from Mentor to Mentee, Barbara ten Brink, 2019
The Haiku of Barbara ten Brink, Vols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2014-2019
Gifts of Love and Inspiration, by Irene Sugar Hamilton Rieck, edited by Barbara ten Brink, 2014
Harcourt Science, Editions 2000-2004, Barbara ten Brink, et.al.

Adjunct Experience

Adjunct Professor – University of Texas at Austin, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Visiting Assistant Professor – Southwest Texas State University, Department of Biology


2016-2018 President – Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Chapter, newsletter editor
1996-2003 Director – Austin Area Science Fair and Festival
2000-2001 President – Texas Science Education Leadership Association
1994-1995 President – Council for Elementary Science International
1994-1995 Board of Directors – National Science Teachers Association
1993, 1996, 2007 Co-director – Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching
1986-1987 President – Texas Council of Elementary Science
1984 Founder – Texas Council of Elementary Science


Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
Austin Science Education Foundation
Central Texas Discover Engineering

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Dr. Barbara Ten Brink


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