What do you do?
Offer real-world learning experiences to students so that they can apply their skills and endeavor to solve problems that will impact their future and the world.
Why did you choose this field?
I grew up with and Engineer Dad and a Leader in youth organizations Mom. I absolutely was one of those kids who soaked up everything in school and was curious about the world - while being involved in different activities (and overcoming public speaking shyness) on the homefront. I excelled at all my subjects, but it was math and science which gave me a personal challenge that tied in both curiosity (why? how come?) and a drive to understand its foundations with more ease.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I recently was recognized with a PAEMST Award for all the fun I've been having teaching STEM. I have only been public school teaching for 8 years. I wish that younger me would have known that I would really have so much fun empowering others to find solutions while thinking critically, collaborating, being creative, etc., that I perhaps would have started much earlier!
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because it allows me to feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of others through encouraging them to go into a STEM field. I wake up looking forward to all the different solutions that my engineering teams present - all from the same problem! I insist that they discuss how they solved their problems which not only demonstrates their thinking process, but allows them to 'get ready for their future' by sharing their solutions publicly.
Best advice for next generation?
Don't be afraid to try... and if you are, challenge yourself to overcome your obstacle. You CAN do it!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster. To give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11