Kindergarten teachers honored for STEM projects

Submitted photoSt. Louis School educators Amanda Farmer (left) and Krista Konradi received their awards May 30.

Genesis: Pathways to Success is pleased to announce two STEMstars for the month of May, Krista Konradi and Amanda Farmer, who are kindergarten teachers at St. Louis Catholic School.

“We at Genesis are inspired by teachers like Mrs. Konradi and Mrs. Farmer,” said GPS director Cheryll Obendorf. “Young children have a natural curiosity about the world around them – experimenting, building, absorbing it all. Enthusiastic teachers help them to spark the desire to learn more. They are at the beginning of their educational journey, and we celebrate the teachers who inspire them to succeed.”

These two educators use a “tag-team approach” to urge their young students to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in a fantastic and hands-on way. This past school year, for example, their kindergarten students experienced STEM through making leprechaun traps, parachutes for Santa to land on rooftops, and building bridges with cups, craft sticks and yarn. They were introduced to coding with Bee-Bots, Code and Go Mouse, Osmo, Cubetto, Ozobots and Magformers. One of the children’s favorite science experiments included the incubation and hatching of baby chickens – they even got to care for the chicks for a short time after.

“Mrs. Konradi and Mrs. Farmer believe it is never too early to introduce children to the world of STEM,” commented Jane Lieland, who nominated the team. “Kindergarten has evolved a lot in the past few years, but Mrs. Konradi and Mrs. Farmer have embraced the changes and are engaging the children at St. Louis Catholic School.”

Konradi graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, concentration in reading and a minor in history. She has been teaching for seven years, two of those at St. Louis.

Farmer graduated from Marian College (now Marian University) and Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English/language arts and education. She has taught at St. Louis for five years, with two as a kindergarten teacher.

GPS began the STEMstar program in 2017 to recognize students and educators who are making strides in STEM. To nominate a STEMstar, please fill out the STEMstar form at http://bit.ly/STEMstar.

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