Contact Information

For more information on The Visual Realization Program, contact us via mail, phone or e-mail at the following:

Mail: The Visual Realization Program, 5868 A-1 Westheimer Road, Suite 302, Houston, Texas 77057

Phone: 877.401.2395

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Top-Level Innovative Leadership Team

Barbara Foots, Education Director. In August 1998 Barbara retired from her position as Manager of Science, K-12, in the Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Prairie View A&M University, and her M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, as well as her mid-management and supervisory certifications, from the University of Houston. She has taught at the middle/junior high school, high school and college levels. Before becoming an administrator, she was an instructional supervisor. Barbara has authored numerous documents and has worked on science projects and programs for universities, businesses, and professional organizations. She has also served on various science task forces, advisory boards, and committees at the local, state, and national levels. She served on one of the committees for the development of the National Science Education Standards. Since her retirement, she has been specializing in program and curriculum development and implementation, professional development, and student programs. Barbara has been a series author for the last two Scott Foresman elementary science series and a program consultant for the new Scott Foresman Reading. Barbara is also Editor-in-Chief of mechanisms, the VR Program’s STEM e-newsletter. Email:

Karl Spencer, CTO and Program Director. Karl is the Director of Programs and Information Technology (IT) for all components of The Visual Realization program including DIIMSA professional development. Since 2000, Karl has been involved in best practices in science and technology for K16 areas, with a focus on PBL and PBS studies using digital imagery technology and authoring techniques. This involvement included the original 3-year pilot project involving teachers of science, which extended to student academies, classroom projects, student camps and teacher sessions, workshops and institutes to create the VR Program. From being actively involved in professional development activities for teachers and students to assisting in consulting, design and implementation of projects, Karl is known as a true innovator in IT and Pedagogy integration. Karl has also assisted in Molecular Biology instruction at the college level and has over 15 years of experience in the areas of IT development, support, training and management spanning across corporate and educational sectors. Karl holds a B.A. in Management Information Systems (MIS), B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Houston. Email:

Mary Reescano, Science Curricula and Instructional Strategies Liaison. Mary oversees curricula and instructional strategies for the VR Program. These strategies range from classroom management to Advanced Placement coursework assistance for science concept coverage. Mary has over 30 years of experience in teaching science and has been a Department Chairperson and Lead Teacher of the science department at the high school level. Mary has been involved in PBL and PBS digital imagery integrated projects for students at all grade levels. Mary has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Texas Southern University and a M.S. Teaching Degree in Biology along with a Professional Texas Teaching Certificate in Physical Education and Health. of Houston. Email:

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