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Virtual Educator Empowerment Workshop - Brilliant Books
Books have the power to connect, inspire, inform, engage, and enhance. Join us to learn how to use literature with youth during the summer to practice academic skills, combat summer learning loss, and have fun. As Dr. Seuss would say “The more that you read, the more you will know, the more that you know, the more places you’ll go.” See how you can make that happen for the youth in your life this summer!

Webinar participants will receive a recording of the webinar, a take-away lesson, and other appropriate reference materials provided in a follow-up email.

May 28, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Vera Vander Kooy
Founder and Executive Director @The STEM Connection
Vera Vander Kooy is the founder and executive director of The STEM Connection. She is a highly regarded STEM educator and naturalist who has facilitated hands-on standards based STEM learning experiences in elementary and middle school settings for over 15 years. To complement her inherent love of the sciences, Vera studied science education at Calvin College and differentiated programming at Grand Valley State University. She has taught 5th grade, middle school science and served as a K-8 science lab facilitator. In 2017 she received the Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award by the Environmental Educators Association of Indiana and along with the entire STEM Connection team the Hoosier Chapter Soil And Water Conservation Society’s Education and Communications award. Currently, Vera presents, consults and trains others empowering them to provide positive STEM learning experiences.
Angela Fitzgerald
Program Director @The STEM Connection
Angela Fitzgerald is a Program Director for The STEM Connection. She has been involved in middle school math and science education in the Indianapolis area since 2003. Angela grew up in Indianapolis and attended St. Matthew School and Bishop Chatard High School. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Middle Childhood Math and Science Education and then taught middle school math and science for twelve years. Her hope is that all students have the opportunity to participate in quality STEM experiences that lead to greater interest and involvement in STEM classes and careers in the future. In 2019, Angela received the Gene Stratton-Porter Environmental Science Award from the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. for the way she exemplifies curiosity, independence, love of nature, and an appreciation of the importance of science and the natural world.