At STEM School Highlands Ranch we put innovation at the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world.
Mackenzie Harper returned to STEM in the Fall of 2020 as a fifth grade teacher, after spending one year at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. Prior to that, Harper taught sixth-grade science/accelerated science and Middle SchoolAdvanced Scientific Methods for four years at STEM. At the start of the 2021-22 school year, she moved into the role of PBL Specialist as a member of the Teacher Support Team.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. During the summer months, she serves as an instructional coach at Powers Scholars Academy, which is a summer learning loss program for at-risk youth in Denver. She trains new and returning teachers in best practices for math and literacy instruction, as well as how to integrate social-emotional learning into their classroom routines. She is a strong believer in the Problem-Based Learning instructional model and the idea that young people can make real-world changes.
She is finishing up her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a focus on Social Emotional Learning, Special Education, and Inquiry-Based Learning from CU Boulder.
In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, camping and hanging out with her dog (Captain Snuggles). She plays hockey, piano, and guitar.
Favorite Starbucks Drink or Snack: Chai Tea Latte
Favorite Snacks: Chocolates, cookies, salt & vinegar chips
Favorite Places to Eat: Taco Bell, Jersey Mikes, Hapa Sushi
Favorite Drinks: Dr. Pepper
Favorite Place to Shop: TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Chess, Woodworking, Arts & Crafts
Favorite Colors: Olive green, light blue, navy