10.5ET – STEM in Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are booming fields of study across the globe. Learn how to prepare students for lives of Christian service in STEM fields. Andrew Baxter, principal at St. Lucas Lutheran School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin will lead this panel discussion on STEM in WELS Lutheran Elementary Schools and Area Lutheran High Schools.

Joanna Amborn has been an educator at Saint Lucas Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI since 2010, and has experience teaching a variety of grades from K-5. Joanna received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. She has experience teaching the Project Lead the Way Launch STEM program for elementary students and is a PLTW Master Teacher. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and infant son.

Andrew Baxter is in his second year as the principal of Saint Lucas, Milwaukee. Prior to becoming the principal, Andrew was the middle school STEM and social studies teacher at Saint Lucas for five years. Andrew is a 2005 graduate of WLC. Over the past several years, Saint Lucas has prioritized data-driven instruction and STEM learning.

Beth Gumm graduated from Martin Luther College in 2004 with an Early Childhood degree. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Caledonia where she has served as a first grade teacher for four years. She previously taught high school Spanish at Shoreland Lutheran High School. Beth loves how STEM has helped her students to become better problem-solvers and collaborators!

Tim Mielke has served at Shoreland Lutheran High School since 2015, and has experience teaching a variety of grades from 5-12 with emphases in science, technology, and math. Tim is a 2000 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College. Since coming to Shoreland, Tim has earned his certification in two different PLTW Engineering pathway courses, and currently serves as the overall STEM academy director. Shoreland has embraced the PLTW program at the high school level expanding its offerings to include 4 different courses in each of the three pathways – Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering. Tim, his wife Nicole, and their two children reside in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

Sectional 10

Thursday, June 27

10:30 am