Vanessa Haerle earned her BS in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Rutgers University, and MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She began her teaching career in Houston, TX working as a high school math teacher before moving to Massachusetts with her family. She has taught high school and middle school math, as well as middle school science before settling into her current role as a STEM teacher in the Sutton Middle School, working with students in grades 6, 7 and 8. She is involved with STEM Club at Worcester Polytechnic Institute presenting and collaborating with teachers from regional districts to produce and promote high quality STEM projects for the classroom. As a recipient of the ASA grant, Vanessa promotes STEM education and career exploration through her 8th grade STEM electives: 3D Modeling and Printing, Sports Engineering (a collaborative course taught with the gym teacher), and Helper Engineering (students’ projects are designed to help the injured, disabled and elderly).
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