We are excited to introduce to you our S.T.E.M. teacher, Chastity VanBlaricum. Chastity was a teaching assistant from 2015-2019, and the Director of Camp Invention at Maryville Christian School for the past 4 years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) from Western Governors University this past June. Chastity’s favorite subjects to teach are math, science and, of course, S.T.E.M.! She is married with a 12-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. She is honored to be a part of the Shannondale Elementary S.T.E.M. Program! Chastity is excited to be teaching students how to use critical thinking skills to meet challenges in unique and creative ways. She believes that S.T.E.M. Education is best taught using real-life situations that integrate the four components to help students learn and become the next generation of innovators!
When I began teaching at Shannondale in the fall of 2019, the ST.E.M. program was funded for a part-time teacher. With the support of everyone, the fall of 2020 was funded as a full-time position. Having a full-time S.T.E.M. department has allowed students to be in the S.T.E.M. classroom once a week, compared to once a month like last year. Deeper connections and relationships have started forming and the students are able to benefit from the continual S.T.E.M. engagement.
For me personally, last year was kind of a blur with the very inconsistent schedule and then not returning after spring break. I left last year not knowing some students’ names and that made me feel like an incompetent teacher! After just two back to back weeks this school year with every student, I feel like I know our Shannondale students so much better and I am able to start teaching to their individual levels.
I am beyond thankful for all of the support from donors, families, staff and community. My work each day is done with hope and determination that this S.T.E.M. knowledge will continue to expand opportunities for our students, that one day they will be able to make a real difference in our community and you will see the product of your investment.
Shannondale Elementary School Foundation 2015