Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives

Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives2024-03-25T11:48:48-07:00

Students who are STEM literate will be empowered by trans–disciplinary knowledge and experiences that will help them be college and career ready.


Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives

Our programs work to ensure that every student in the region has the knowledge, skills, and experiences that can unlock futures, build a globally engaged community, ensure a prosperous economy, and inspire innovation. Of the nearly 100,000 family-sustaining jobs that will be available in 10 years, more than 80% will require STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) literacy. STEM literacy is achieved when a student is able to apply his or her understanding of how the world works within and across the four interrelated STEM disciplines to improve the social, economic, and environmental condition of their local and global community. Across our program areas, we consider STEM literacy our foundation, and Career-Connected Learning our framework to support educators, students, employers and community organizations in meeting the demand for a highly-qualified workforce.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Professional Development

STEM Professional Development Classes

Program Contacts

Integrated Learning Team

Vickei Hrdina

Director of Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives



Career Connected Learning

Molly Daley

Math Coordinator



Math Fellows
Math Leader Network
Math Anywhere!
District math support

Stacy Meyer

Science Coordinator



Science Fellows
Secondary science leadership
District science support

Effie Triol

Literacy K-4 Coordinator



ELA Fellows
ELL/Literacy Coordinators
Regional ELA support

Niki Johnston

Secretary II



Grants & data support
SMC Advisory Board support
Support for Stacy, Molly, Effie

Kristina Wambold

Integrated Educational Technology Coordinator

Project-based learning coach
Data Improvement Lead
Computer Science Integration
Google, Microsoft Trainer

Pranjali Upadhyay

Integrated Curriculum Specialist

STEM storylines
OER development
Elementary science leadership
PBL for Flipped Internships
STEM integration

Serena Decator

STEM Materials Specialist



STEM Materials Center operations
Kit assignment & scheduling
Lego, Beebot, Ozobot checkout

Denise Medina-Castro

ECE Program Support Specialist

Support for Vickei, Pranjali, Kristina, Katherine

Katherine Livick

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Computer Science
Special Education Inclusion
Technology Integration

Early Learning Fellows
WaKIDS 101
Early Achievers Trainings

Shannon Foley

Kit Assembler II



Kit material purchasing
Kit restocking
Critter Care

STEM Programs

Career Readiness & STEM Resources

Upcoming Career Readiness & STEM Classes

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