STEM Goes Rural Webpage

Cohort 2010

Michael  Arvola Michael Arvola | lafayette, IN
Plymouth High School - Technology and Engineering, Project Lead the Way

Jessica  Austin Jessica Austin | Russiaville, IN
Plymouth, Michigan - Substitute

Engineer of 18 years with Delphi Corporation; looks forward to utilizing this experience to show students that “science is fun and applicable in their everyday lives.”
Kelly  Babb Kelly Babb | Lafayette, IN
Kankakee Valley High School; Wheatfield, IN - Biology

Research associate in microbial ecology, with over 15 years’ experience in research analysis and laboratory settings; mentor and trainer to other laboratory technicians and partners; author of peer-reviewed publications including one book chapter, 16 journal papers, and seven conference papers/abstracts; volunteer for church youth groups.
Aaron  Baker Aaron Baker | Lafayette, IN
Taylor Jr. Sr. High School; Kokomo, IN - Industrial Technology

Engineer of more than 10 years; current owner and office manager of Wildcat Valley Animal Clinic, Inc.; a volunteer reader/listener for elementary school children and coach for T-ball, basketball and soccer.
Andrew  Bever Andrew Bever | Bloomington, IN
Logansport High School; Logansport, IN - Physics, ICP

Former Science Research Fellow at DePauw; involved with a variety of campus activities, including Pep Band, WGRE-FM Radio, Young Life, Relay for Life, and Physics Club (president); maintains membership in the Society of Physics Students; recently served as camp counselor for the Diabetes Youth Foundation.
Dane  Brown Dane Brown | Valparaiso, IN
Highland High School; Highland, IN - Earth & Space, Biology

Former lab teaching assistant at Purdue University; First Tee Instructor for Junior Golfers, volunteer golf instructor for the Special Olympics, umpire for Little League Baseball, and volunteer unified basketball coach for middle school students.
Candice  Kissinger Candice Kissinger | West Lafayette, IN
Tecumseh Junior High School; Lafayette, IN - 8th Grade - Science

Over 30 years’ experience in scientific research and product development; author of several peer-reviewed publications and holder of numerous patents; recently a substitute teacher and adjunct instructor/research associate for Purdue University.
Michael  Mieher Michael Mieher | Ossian, IN
McCutcheon High School; Lafayette, IN - Physics, ICP

Former mechanical engineer with over 15 years’ experience in product design and manufacturing, consultancy, management, and sales; experience in substitute teaching and working with youth through church groups; involved, supportive parent with high school extracurriculars, including a speech and debate program and marching band.
Nelson  Pelton Nelson Pelton | Lafayette, IN
Benton Central High School; Oxford, IN - 7th Grade - Science, Biology, Earth & Space

Recipient of the National Smart Grant; former Purdue laboratory assistant; four years as a guitar instructor; active member of church worship team.
Edwin  Ramos Edwin Ramos | Evansville, IN
Jennings County High School; North Vernon, IN - Mathematics

Substitute teacher and study skills specialist, tutoring in mathematics, ESL, and Latin; experience as a librarian and literacy specialist for K-8 students; graduate coordinator for America Reads/America Counts, preparing and assigning undergraduate tutors to serve middle school students in math, English, and science; fluent in Latin.
Daniel  Sacre Daniel Sacre | Catlin, IL
Peru High School; Peru, IN - Chemistry, ICP, Environmental Science

Dean’s List student; Junior Achievement instructor; volunteer with Salt Fork Storm Athletic Boosters and the Children’s Museum.
Cortnaye  Smith Cortnaye Smith | Stilesville, IN
Danville High School; Danville , IN - 6th Grade - Chemistry, Physics, Integrated chemistry and physics

Recipient of the Brooker Science Scholarship and the Outstanding Junior Biology Major Award, with experience as a lab assistant; volunteer with the State Science Fair, Sheltering Wings and ResCare; assistant coach and umpire for Little League baseball.
Robin  Townsend Robin Townsend | Kokomo, IN
Kokomo High School; Kokomo, IN - Algebra

Engineer of more than 25 years with Delphi Electronics and Safety; church youth leader; mentor for elementary school students through Bridges Outreach.