About our Instructors


Renée Lyons, Ph.D.

Director of Science Education Outreach and the Science Outreach Center

College of Science


Renée Lyons earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction of science education from Clemson University in 2017. Renée taught K-12 science for eight 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 Ph.D. research on how to broaden participation in science and address barriers to equity. After completing her Ph.D., she accepted a position with the South Carolina Department of Education, where she led science standards and learning for the state. Renée is excited to further develop the Science Outreach Center into a resource for all teachers and students of South Carolina.


Contact Renée:

G-21 Jordan Hall, Clemson University

Email: reneel@clemson.edu

Phone: 864-656-9976


Katherine Freeman

CUSOC Instructor and Lab Technician


Katherine Freeman holds a B.S. degree 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) and co-taught a Creative Inquiry course focusing on bringing STEM materials to local schools in need. Katherine also has a nonprofit leadership certificate and is currently a learning sciences doctoral student at Clemson. When not working or studying, Katherine enjoys spending time with her pets and family, hiking, and crocheting.


Contact Katherine:

G-23 Jordan Hall, Clemson University

Email: krfreem@clemson.edu

Phone: 864-656-9939


Cathy Brooks

CUSOC Instructor and Lab Technician


Cathy Brooks holds a B.S. degree with a double major in chemistry and biology from Berry College as well as a M.E. degree 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 eighth-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.


Contact Cathy:

G-23 Jordan Hall, Clemson University

Email: cbrook8@clemson.edu

Phone: 864-656-9938