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Joe Smith

My Bio

Joe Smith joined STEM at its inception as the school’s first visual arts teacher. Before becoming an educator, Joe worked in the art framing and installation industry and as a professional artist exhibiting throughout the front range. His passion is helping young people realize that they are creative thinkers and problem solvers. At STEM he tries to adhere to Leonardo DaVinci’s philosophy of the complete mind, “Learn the science of art and the art of science.”


He has a BFA in Painting from the University of Kansas and completed his post-baccalaureate teaching licensure at the University of Northern Colorado. He enjoys painting, hiking with his family, movies and games of all kinds. Rock chalk Jayhawk!

My Favorite Things

Favorite Starbucks Drink or Snack: double peppermint mocha

Favorite Snacks: Nuts, trail mix

Favorite Places to Eat: Noodles and Company, Qdoba, Swaylo, Jai Thai, chili’s, Perry’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s, King Soopers

Favorite Drinks: coffee

Favorite Place to Shop: Target, King Soopers, Amazon

Hobbies: Hiking, painting, video games (in moderation), Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons (with fellow STEM teachers),

Favorite Colors: Alizarin Crimson