Anne Mlod – Genesee Elementary School – Auburn, NY
“Being able to help students become lifelong, independent problem-solvers was one of my inspirations for becoming a school librarian.”
Anne has long held a passion for learning and watching young minds grow. Through her career as a librarian she has seen that students need the opportunity to be creative and explore every field to pave their own path to success. Anne was first introduced to the world of STEM several years ago at a conference in Boston. It was here that she learned about Scratch, free coding software developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that allows kids to program their own games, stories, and animations. With a fellow teacher, she was inspired to create a “Scratch Club” at her school where students not only learn valuable programming skills but also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
“In order for our students to become college and career ready, it is critical that they develop the problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills that STEM education promotes.”
One of Anne’s biggest priorities as an educator is ensuring that her students have all the skills they need to thrive after they leave school. She believes that to be well prepared for higher education and a career, they need to be exposed as early as possible. With fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics growing rapidly, educators like Anne are key figures in molding innovative and enthusiastic minds that are ready to tackle the future.
“This would inform, excite and motivate my students about the possibilities with STEM.”
Anne has big plans to expand the STEM programs at her school. She wishes to start recurring events celebrating the exciting world of STEM that will bring together students and their families along with local businesses, college partners, and high school technology students. These events will expose students to different STEM activities and introduce them to different careers. Her initiative will not only benefit current students but will also lay the foundation for continued STEM success in her school and community.