Two science teachers from Monroe Public Schools will join with leading STEM industry and education leaders as part of the STEM Fellows Program created by the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS).
The STEM program is designed for teachers, industry experts and higher education faculty to work together to enhance the K-12 curriculum to bring real world learning into classrooms.
Tamara Haberlack, a seventh grade science teacher at Hidden River Middle School, and Nick Wolfe, a ninth grade science teacher at Monroe High School, will be working on a team with other teachers, higher education fellows and industry representatives to develop curriculum. The teachers learn about real world STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) applications in the workforce and the other fellows have an opportunity to invest in the K-12 education pipeline.
Blakely Tsurusaki, Ph.D., is the STEM Director at WABS, where the fellowship matches industry people and teachers into teams. “We have engineers from Boeing that participate; we have scientists from places like Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. We also have a CEO from an ultrasound company and a farmer from Snohomish County,” he said.
Wolfe has been teaching physical science at MHS for five years. “I love to see students that think that they’re not “science students” get really surprised when they love an activity and get what’s going on and understand the concepts,” he said.
Haberlack, who teaches seventh grade Life Science classes, has been at Hidden River for three years. She and Wolfe will find out in August which industries they will be working with as a part of the STEM fellowship. “I am excited about enhancing our existing curriculum with critical thinking skills, problem solving and making the learning relevant to real life situations,” she said.