This is my second year serving the district in the role of STEM Coordinator. If you are not familiar with "STEM", it stands for: Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. STEM learning opportunities improve the readiness of students for college or career. So, whether a Tulpy graduate seeks college or a profession immediately upon graduation, they will have a competitive advantage in the 21st century job market because of their STEM learning experiences at Tulpehocken. Please visit our STEM page to learn more about what we did in 2015-16, our inaugural year, and to keep current with events and activities happening in 2016-17!
Half of my professional life was spent in the energy sector as both an engineer and a learning and development specialist, while the other half was spent in elementary education as both a classroom teacher and later as a math coach. Ironically, at home I am also surrounded by STEM-minded individuals! My husband is a degreed Agricultural Engineer (from CalPoly); he now works as a Professional Mechanical Engineer designing power plants around the globe. My eldest son is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, my middle son graduates this school year then plans to go on to either Temple or Robert Morris University for Actuarial Science (a mathematical science field), and my youngest son, who is a sophomore in high school, is interested in engineering. Finally, not-to-be-forgotten, my daughter who is in second grade, thoroughly enjoyed "Camp Invention" held during the summers at Tulpy, and has aspirations in the animal science field.
Though I am not a Tulpy graduate, I did attend K-12 in a similar sized district which was in a farming and mining community in rural western PA. I then went on to Penn State for my engineering degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas. I obtained my masters of science degree in the Science of Instruction from Drexel.