Michele Chamberlain, NBCT

Michele Chamberlain’s adventures as an educator began 13 years ago, and she currently calls Lakeridge Middle School her home base. During the school day, you can find Michele guiding students through a science lab or exploring a nearby ecosystem. Since 2009, her students have successfully competed in both STEM and FFA at the state and national level. A U.S. Army veteran, Chamberlain holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Washington. She earned her National Board certification in 2010, but perhaps is most inspired by an award displayed on her desk that declares her “The Most Awesome Teacher in the Universe.” She believes in keeping the learning real and relevant for students.

The Changing Face of STEM

October 30, 2017

The Changing Face of STEM In 2011, I was invited, along with other K-12 STEM educators, to a symposium of the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS). From the mountains of data presented, two bits of information stuck with me: in the coming years, 80% of all new US jobs would be in computer science and engineering fields; although women comprise 47% of the total workforce, women are seriously underrepresented in these two STEM fields even though more woman are achieving STEM degrees overall. Wait a minute- how could this be happening? Since 2009, I’ve supported my 8th grade students…

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