Educator / Director
Jackson County Mathematics and Science Center
What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
My mother is a sixth grade science teacher and when I was going through school I was always involved in after school STEM learning opportunities that my mother, other teachers, and a community volunteer provided for students in our area. I believe that I was impressed by seeing all of the different occupations available and what you could do with a STEM career—I mean the creative projects and inventions you could do. I enjoyed all of these learning opportunities and couldn’t make up my mind—I enjoyed learning everything, so I decided to teach, to hopefully inspire those that would create the next generation of technologies or engineering marvels.
What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
The coolest project I have worked on is one that is happening right now. This project is called the MI STEM Partnership and it is just forming. I would say it is the “coolest” project because it is the first time that I have been involved with everyone in the state that is interested in seeing the STEM capabilities of our students and populace increase. The potential for bridging the gap between education and the work place is huge in this initiative and brings with it exciting challenges and opportunities for learners in our state.
Role models and heroes:
My grandmother has always been one of my biggest role models. Even with a limited education she wouldn’t let that slow her down. She showed me and my siblings the value of hard work and doing things with your own two hands. I highly doubt that I would be the person I am today without the early and constant influences that she has had on my life.
Advice for future STEMinists?
Take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves! Even if you believe that you may not be the best choice for the job or the experience, take advantage of it. There is a reason why the opportunity is there for you, learn from it and you might even surprise yourself with what you are able to do.
Favorite website or app:
the moment I can’t say that I have one favorite, but my iPad would probably say that my favorite app is the euchre game that keeps me busy while in the airport or on the plane!