Dedication to STEM learning makes this eSN Hero Awards winner a standout leader

Her belief in edtech and a strong STEM foundation is helping underserved students excel and envision their future

Behind Kim’s leadership, Calcasieu Parish conducted a thorough needs assessment before purchasing more than $4.1 million in technology and technology professional development with federal funds under Title I and Title IV to implement the technology within the existing curriculum.

The investment included 400 3D printers and the professional development necessary to advance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, most of which came at no cost to the district. It also is developing a STEM bus with fun technological gadgets to enhance student learning

“Technology is continuously evolving, so we need to give all of our students equal opportunities to succeed,” Kim said. “We wanted to provide them the technologies that enhanced their critical thinking, collaboration and creativity so that they can compete both academically and in the modern workforce.”

Calcasieu Parish’s Training Tech Center, led by Kim, was already instrumental in introducing new technology to its classrooms, including robotics and a computing device for each student and teacher. Armed with a philosophy to “make it happen in the classroom,” Calcasieu Parish and Kim are committed to preparing its students for STEAM careers, illustrated by its investments in student design competitions, summer tech camps and the STEM bus. The students are already utilizing the 3D printers in classrooms to solve real-world challenges and develop 3D designing skills within projects.

Laura Ascione

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