Welcome to Tecumseh West STEAM Center!
I am proud to be the Principal at Tecumseh West. Previously, I served as the Principal of Patterson Elementary for two years, and prior to coming to TPS, I worked with Clinton Community Schools for ten years as a High School Mathematics teacher and then Middle School Principal. During my time as a teacher, I also coached seventh grade volleyball for five years and spent a year as an Adjunct Professor at Adrian College teaching Mathematics. I earned my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University in Mathematics Education and my Master’s Degree from Michigan State University in K-12 Administration.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and students of the 21st century!
The Tecumseh Public School STEAM Centers are a fully Project-Based Learning environment integrating all content areas. This model will blend all subjects in authentic learning units. Students will be presented with a real-world problem, then the Teachers will lead the students through lessons and activities incorporating content standards to guide them in the process of developing a solution.
In addition, students will have the opportunity to select exploratory courses (Fine Arts, Project Lead the Way, Computer Science, Foreign Language, etc.) throughout the year. These offerings will vary in length and subject matter during the year depending on the units of study and student interest.
To ensure all students complete the standards required, all students will receive a base schedule, and then, with the guidance of their mentor, teachers, and parents, schedule direct instruction sessions and other options. These schedules will be extremely flexible in nature, and will be revisited on a regular basis during mentor time.
TPS believes that students have a natural curiosity that drives learning. Students at Tecumseh West STEAM will be engaged in a learning environment tailored to their interests, talents, and skills allowing students to continually grow. Educational risk taking will be encouraged throughout the learning process, and self evaluation and reflection will be a vital part of the learning process.
The Tecumseh Public Schools STEAM Centers strive to provide a dynamic learning environment through project-based learning. Students will have an opportunity to explore curriculum in a way that interests them and express themselves in a medium of their choice. The mission of TPS is to be “Uncompromisingly Student Centered,” and the Tecumseh STEAM Centers live this mission each and every day.