Be4STEMinc incorporates curriculum with manipulative-filled activities demonstrated in brief videos. Each unit reflects the work of real research engineers, scientists, math and technology professionals. YouTube STEM career interviews, affordable mini-kits of materials and project-based challenges provide the motivation to guide early learners toward their future place in the STEM workforce. Be4STEMinc shares the enthusiasm for STEM careers that I have developed as a secondary science teacher for twenty years, and then working for researchers and supporting K-12 outreach at Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) for fifteen years.
My teaching style is energetic, engaging and activity-oriented. I have always engaged in the hands-on, design challenge style of teaching and learning. I participated in NASA and Engineering Camps throughout my career as summer enrichment. Now I create and design my own kits as I watch early learners' skills develop to engage their excitement for accomplishing the great success I have seen possible for them later in their lives.
During my twenty years in Georgia Middle and High Schools I was named Georgia Middle School Team of the Year Member and Teacher of the Year. I sponsored leadership activities through the Georgia Association of Student Councils and 21st Century Leaders Organization and received numerous local and state leadership awards during my career,
I holds a Masters of Science Degree in Management of Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development and Nutrition from Florida State University. I completed certificates in Computer Networking Technology and Computer Networking Management at Clayton State College and University.
Most recently I created and successfully implemented Dr. James D. Meindl’s Legacy Program “Teachable Moments for the Workforce of the Future” as part of the Georgia Tech outreach experience. I am currently a member of volunteer groups that promote STEM and STEAM Workforce Development Community Outreach, including Sandy SpringsEducation Force (GA), Atlanta Public Schools Gifted Internship Pipeline Program Advisory Committee, Cobb County Career, Technical and Agricultural Education(CTAE) STEAM Workforce Advisory Committee.