STEM School Highlands Ranch welcomes Jalene Vander Hook to the team, who is joining STEM as a Secondary Language Arts teacher.
Jalene originally started her teaching career in Minnesota, where she primarily focused on teaching English to Middle School students. More recently, she has taught Elementary School students in small-group settings as a paraprofessional.
“I’m really excited to be able to work with kids in the Middle School age,” Vander Hook said. “Because that’s what I really love to do. I’ve been working with Elementary School students as well, but I just love the younger ages and being able to talk with them about different types of literature such as music.”
Please be sure to give Jalene a warm welcome to STEM, and for more about her background, check out her interview below:
STEM also welcomes Pamela Martin to the team, who has been hired on as a Secondary Math teacher.
Pamela is brand new to Colorado, straight from Houston, Texas! Pamela has been teaching for seven years now, starting as a substitute and eventually teaching fifth grade science at a school in Pasadena, Texas. After years of teaching science, she became the science instructional coach on campus, working with fifth and sixth grade science teachers.
“I’m really excited to work with an older group of kids. I’ve worked with fifth and sixth graders so far, so sixth and seventh grade is going to be a lot of fun,” Martin said. “I’m also really excited about the math world and getting kids excited about learning that, and helping kids who think that math isn’t their thing yet. And I’m also really excited to work at STEM.”
Be sure to say hello to Pamela, and give her a warm Rocky Mountain welcome! To learn more about Pamela, check out her video interview below: