Dedicated members of SIG Girls in STEM!

Kelly Fulks @kfulks
Kelly Fulks is currently a fifth grade teacher in Denver, Colorado. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's College of Education. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, majoring in language arts. Kelly has a passion for STEM teaching and lifelong learning. She has worked as a fifth grade teacher in Title 1 elementary schools for the past five years. Kelly noticed that there were little to no STEM opportunities for students at her school. For this reason, an after school extracurricular club was formed. Unfortunately, there was very little participation among young girls in STEM club. Kelly strives to increase participation, specifically among young girls, in STEM by providing all students STEM opportunities to be successful in their lives, both in and out of the classroom. She wants her students to gain a passion and curiosity for STEM learning, which they will then carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Angelique Heggem @meanangelique
Angelique Heggem is currently an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and previously taught kindergarten. She is originally from California and has lived in Asia for nearly 12 years. Angelique is a graduate of Chapman University in Orange, California and has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. in Elementary Education. She is currently a first year student at Michigan State University in the Educational Technology graduate program. Angelique's previous job as a kindergarten teacher made her aware that even at a young age, girls seem very interested in STEM-related activities. She noticed that as girls progressed in school, they seemed to lose interest in STEM. It is her hope to find ways to encourage and support more young girls to pursue an interest in STEM activities, which will hopefully lead to more women entering the workforce in STEM-related careers.
Grace Faoro @missfaoro
Grace Faoro is a sixth grade teacher in Englewood, Colorado. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with her B.A in Special Education and is currently in MSU's Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program. In college, she worked for a non-profit company in Lansing, MI called ITEC, that brings STEM opportunities to young students in the area. While working as a instructor, she was approached about piloting a girls STEM club in Lansing Public Schools. She spent the next year and a half teaching over a hundred girls in the Lansing area all about the activities, as well as opportunities in STEM. These opportunities included LEGO robotics, computer game design, mobile application design, computer programming, web design, and more! This inspired Grace to follow her own STEM career aspirations and enter a educational technology masters in hopes of encouraging girls to enter STEM careers, no matter what the field. STEM is everywhere and giving girls the confidence to explore it is what Grace hopes to accomplish.
Kelcie Cain @cainsclassroom
Kelcie Cain is a 4th grade co-teacher in Skokie, Illinois. She is currently the fourth grade team STEM Leader as her district embarks upon creating a STEM culture in her district. Her passions lie in making the integration of technology purposeful for students, creating a classroom culture that embraces mistakes and fosters perseverance, and empowering students to discover their dreams through exploration. These passions directly relate to this special interest group as she has recognized a need to encourage and inspire girls to enter STEM fields that, so far, has employed too few women. Many students, boys and girls alike, are unfamiliar with the opportunities afforded to them in the booming technological world, and it is imperative that we open every door and provide every opportunity for girls to explore at an early age to peak interests!