Erie Elementary

STEM Coordinator
Kristina Stem
Yes - my name is actually Mrs. Stem! (I'm married to the most absolutely wonderful and perfect man!) I am a scientist who loves to teach! I'm a mother of 3 awesome kids here are Erie Elementary. My History as a Teacher: An alumna of The University of Notre Dame (GO IRISH!) with a double major in biochemistry and psychology, I thought I was going to be a neuroscientist! However during my fellowship at CU's Institute for Behavioral Genetics, they "made me" be a teaching assistant and I fell in love with teaching. For 5 years I taught high school chemistry, physical science (Freshman Chem/Physics), and CU Succeed Gold/AP Biology at Monarch High School in Louisville, CO. In 2005, I began my "early education sabbatical" and was a stay-at-home mom. Because I truly love teaching, I always knew I'd return to the classroom when my own kids were school-aged. When the opportunity arose to teach science in the same school as my kids, I became endorsed in Elementary Education so that I could be "Mrs. Stem the STEM teacher!" Wow! It doesn't get better than this! My History as a Scientist: I've always been the type that wants to know how things work! From dismantling my parent's phone and clothes washer to learning computer programming and playing with circuits as an elementary student to dissecting brains and analyzing DNA as a graduate student, I really love learning the details and mechanisms of everyday life. Additionally, many of the jobs I've had were in science-related fields. During college, I worked as a research and development technician for a surfactant/soap chemical company in Madison, IN. After undergraduate school, I was a medical transcriptionist and an aide to an occupational therapist in Los Alamos, NM. And before starting graduate school, I worked in a civil engineering firm in Boulder, CO. I'm passionate about many areas science but, if I had to choose, neurochemistry and local geology might be my favorites.

Erie Elementary News

It's National Engineering Week.  As the STEM Coordinator at Erie Elementary, I wanted to highlight different aspect of the Engineering Process in an effort to show how engineering is not just building.  It is a part of our teachers' everyday skill set.

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It's National Engineering Week.  As the STEM Coordinator at Erie Elementary, I wanted to hightlight different aspects of the Engineering Process in an effort to show how engineering is not just building stuff.  It is a part of our teacher's everyday skill set.

It’s National Engineering Week!  As the STEM coordinator at Erie Elementary, I wanted to highlight different aspects of the Engineering Process in an effort to show how engineering (not just building) is part of our teacher's everyday skill set.

Erie Elementary School teacher Kristina Stem's classroom is alive.

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Erie Elementary Projects

No... I'm not talking about LEGOs...

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