The Woke STEM Teacher

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Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.
— Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
 

I have been working in education for close to six years, but have only been teaching in my own classroom for three.  I have taught elementary school math, elementary/middle school science, and high school math.  Most of my time was spent teaching in Chicago and my current teaching has brought me to Virginia.  

In my few years of teaching, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching STEM subjects, as I was an avid fan of math and science growing up.  I started teaching at a social justice school (K-8) in Chicago called Village Leadership Academy, a school focused on integrating socially just decision making and culturally relevant pedagogy across all subjects.  This school helped ignite my fire and passion for incorporating social justice into a STEM based curriculum.  I spent my few years at the academy creating science curriculum that could be used to teach students how to use science to change the world around them.  This resulted in learning about topics such as the Flint Water Crisis and water quality, homelessness and solar energy, and the discussion of Henrietta Lacks and ethical science.  

With this website, I hope to provide educators with the tools to effectively incorporate social justice topics into their STEM curriculum.  I also hope to provide new and exciting ways to make lessons engaging, making use of technology, and instilling a new love for STEM in students.  I believe if our students recognize not only the importance of STEM, but also the enjoyment of it, they can use it to make a positive change in the world around them.