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About Me

Hello,

Thanks for taking the time to check out our school website. I have been teaching for 20 years, and I love teaching. I really do. I like inspiring kids to reach further than they think they can, the energy of the classroom when kids are engaged in a project, trying new things, and sharing new ideas. Being a part of STEM School Highlands Ranch has been such a blessing to me as a teacher. Our approach, and focus on innovation has brought new life to my career, this truly is a magical place.

 

I have been the Engineering Department Chair since our school opened in 2011.

 

One of the highlights for me has been working with our Technology Student Association (TSA) students. When we opened the school in 2011 I approached the administration and told them that I think our students would really like TSA, and do well at it. I had no idea how successful it would really be. TSA has truly become part of who we are here at STEM, and many students have invested countless hours in pushing themselves to learn new skills, how to work and collaborate with others, and have helped build our school to what we are today.

 

I also have the privilege of being able to develop relationships with our Industry Partners. We work with local industry and businesses to develop opportunities for our students to experience the professional world. We have internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, Career Discovery events, industry tours, guest speakers, and more. Our goal is to develop meaningful relationships with these businesses where they also benefit from working with us.