Education Influencer: Cheryl Rose
Q: What is your education and professional background?
A: Associate's in Applied Science - Medical Office Assisting from Macomb Community College (Michigan). Bachelor's in Health Administration - Baker College of Port Huron (Michigan). Master's in Elementary Education - Arizona State University. I also completed the Educational Leadership Master's degree program at ASU
I started my working career in the health care field and worked my way up from front desk receptionist to assistant office manager. From there, I taught Medical Office Assisting courses at a local business college and discovered how much I love teaching. I decided to go back to school to receive my teaching certification and taught middle school math and STEAM courses for 8 years before starting Edison School of Innovation in 2017.
Q: What did you want to become when you were young?
A: When I was young, I had three career aspirations: astronaut, teacher, and nurse. As an adult, I see how careers have evolved to include multiple skills and I love the challenge of learning new things in my profession.
Q: How was your connection with Megan made?
A: I connected with Megan through a mutual friend at a GCU STEM event. stARTem is a perfect fit for our educational program and we love working with her!
Q: Why is STEM education important?
A: STEM education is important because many kids don't have exposure to STEM opportunities outside of school. When I was in high school, I had no idea what an engineer was even though I was one of the top math students in the state. I have pledged to change that for kids, and particularly girls, who might find a career in engineering a fulfilling profession.
Q: What impact could stARTem make for students and/or teachers?
A: stARTem has a huge impact on our students because many of them who see themselves as artistic never thought of themselves as being math or science kids. They are making academic connections during stARTem which is motivating them to learn more about math and science in school. Our teachers love the fact that these kids are putting in the effort to learn more in class.
Adaptability is extremely important for success in the future and I think that the small-scale, local organizations such as stARTem are the ones who are going to be able to best prepare us for the coming changes. Keep up the great work!
Q: What do you think the STEM workforce could look like 5 years from now?
A: I think that in five years, the workforce is going to have to be able to present both critical and creative problem-solving skills. Employers will be looking for individuals who not only have math and reading skills, but they need to understand the logic behind programming, create visually stimulating and engaging social media, and engage professionally with customers.