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I have always had a great deal of passion for STEM, which led me to pursue degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, math and secondary education. I spent the first fifteen years in the secondary classroom and then became an assistant principal in charge of curriculum and school improvement. During that time, I realized a love for developing exciting initiatives for students and teachers. Five years later, I became the Assistant Superintendent where I added offerings such as Google CS First Coding; a Bristlebot program; FIRST Robotics; STEM camps; technology coaching for staff; and a greenhouse, wind turbine and solar array. Four years ago, I moved into the role of STEM Initiative Leader for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance where I facilitate an Out-of-School-Time Network, Employer Talent Pipeline work group, and activities related to Career Readiness and the Culture of STEM within 8 counties in Michigan. Creating collaborations between business, non-profits, education entities and various other organizations is the cornerstone of the STEM Initiative I lead.