Meet the Science Outreach Center Staff


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Renée Lyons
Director of Science Education Outreach and the Science Outreach Center
College of Science

Renée Lyons earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction of Science Education from Clemson University in 2017. Renee taught K-12 Science for 8 years, both internationally and in upstate South Carolina. As a public high school teacher, she gained a deep passion for creating high quality, equitable science learning for all students. This passion led her to focus her PhD research on how to broaden participation in science and address barriers to equity. After completing her PhD, she accepted a position with the South Carolina Department of Education, where she led science standards and learning for the state of South Carolina. Renée is excited to further develop the Science Outreach Center into a resource for all teachers and students of South Carolina.   864-656-9976

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Katherine Freeman
Science Outreach Center Instructor and Lab Technician

Katherine Freeman holds a BS in genetics with a minor in biochemistry, from Clemson University. While studying at Clemson, Katherine worked in a biochemistry lab studying a Kinetoplastid parasite (Trypanosoma brucei), as well as co-taught a CI course focusing on bringing STEM materials to local schools in need. In addition, Katherine was an intern at the Center for two summer before she graduated and accepted a job here full time! To further her education, Katherine is currently taking classes in Nonprofit Leadership and would like to get an advanced degree in Education.  When not working, Katherine enjoys spending time with her pets, hiking, and working to expand her business.     864-656-9939


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Cathy Brooks
Science Outreach Center Instructor and Lab Technician

Cathy Brooks holds a BS with double majors in chemistry and biology from Berry College, as well as a M. Ed. in science education (grades 6-12) from the University of Georgia.  While at UGA, Cathy worked in a research lab performing protein purification from bioluminescent marine bacteria.  Cathy taught 8th-grade science in addition to being the lead teacher for chemistry at The Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has also taught biology and chemistry labs for The College of Charleston, Old Dominion University, and Truett McConnell University.  Outside the classroom, Cathy enjoys volunteer work, gardening, and hiking in the mountains with her husband. 864-656-9938