H/STEAM Educator Award Winner: Shane Killeen

STEAM Educator Award Winner: Shane Killeen

Students at the Career Institute of Technology gain skills through hands-on learning that they can apply to their fields of study or post-secondary education. Shane Killeen teaches culinary education there and uses modern equipment and cooking techniques to teach STEAM concepts. Students learn the science of lyophilizing – a food preservation technique – and they use a freeze dyer to develop unique textures and flavors. They also use a rotary vacuum evaporator to explore the concepts of vacuum distillation and flavor isolation to design clear flavored oils and additives. Shane enjoys incorporating the scientific method into his class to make real-world connections between science and food. 
Shane has been a culinary arts teacher at the Career Institute of Technology for nine years where he teaches 10-12th grade students from Bangor, Easton, Nazareth, Pen Argyl and Wilson school districts. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with an associates degree and went on to pursue his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and biology from Kutztown University. He earned his masters degree a few years later in Curriculum and Instruction. Outside of the classroom, Shane likes to fill his spare time and summers with ultra-long distance bicycle rides, woodworking and home repair projects. He maintains his industry relevance with part-time employment in local restaurants. 

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