Kristin is a second career teacher who is certified in math, and she teaches Calculus, Introduction to Engineering, and a Capstone course. Her experience with engineering motivated her to pursue teaching in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. Kristin’s passion for inspiring students toward the STEM fields is evident through multiple clubs and activities that she leads as well as her constant search for grants to provide educational experiences outside the classroom. She is the STEM club advisor, BASD Mini Thon advisor, Mentor for Science Olympiad, Check and Connect mentor, and liaison for the PLTW program at Liberty High School.
Kristin is committed to giving her students the opportunity to engage in STEM subjects in the real world. She organized and recruited about 30 students and adult volunteers to participate in the Ten80 Innovators in Training Experience in Philadelphia PA, where the group learned about the process of innovation and participated in workshops such as pitching your product, coding, and being a leader. She also coordinates manufacturing tours to local companies (such as Amazon, B. Braun, Alloy5, and Just Born) to observe processes and explore the various STEM careers available.
Knowing that STEM branches out into other fields, Kristin continually introduces new challenges and activities for her students, like building rockets and 3D design and printing. She has spearheaded the recruitment of students to participate in competitions such as PDE Governor’s STEM Challenge and Widener University Mousetrap Competition. With the PPL Empowering Educators grant, Kristin was able to facilitate and lead a group of students to reverse engineer a Hi Striker Carnival Game with the purpose of refurbishing parts, making parts, and re-assembling the Hi Striker, which was used at Pep Rallies and football games to increase school spirit. Kristin is very passionate about helping students find their interests, developing them, and giving them resources that will help them succeed after high school.