I am so honored to be the new Principal of STEAM@Stipe Elementary School!
I have a deep appreciation for the emphasis on culture and identity that is found at STEAM@Stipe. I value the equity lens with which the STEAM@Stipe team approaches their work, and I am committed to supporting and nurturing that strength. My hope is that we are laying a foundation for the students of STEAM@Stipe that will allow them to see themselves as scientists, engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs while remaining rooted in their cultural identity and sense of community. If we can show them all of the possibilities for their future while allowing them to develop an understanding of themselves, we will be setting them on a path to accomplish anything they desire.
I have been an educator for the past twenty-two years and have experience teaching elementary grades in biliteracy and sheltered English classrooms, providing additional student support for language and literacy development, coaching teachers on instructional strategies, and developing interdisciplinary curriculum, districtwide assessments and professional learning. I have been in Oak Grove School District since 2018, and have previously worked in the STEAM@Stipe community as an English Learner Teaching Partner (ELTP). I am so delighted to have the opportunity to be here full time in a new role!
Whether you are a long-time member of the community, just joined us or are considering STEAM@Stipe, we welcome you! The input of all of our community members is extremely valuable. Please come by, call or email anytime! I'm looking forward to meeting you in person!
Principal Lauren Tilston