My husband and I have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. Our youngest child attends PiSTEM, and will be in the school’s inaugural graduating class in 2022. I am an Army veteran and have an undergraduate degree in Microelectronical engineering, and an MBA, and I currently work for the Veterans Administration in cost accounting. Although I have no formal training in education, I do believe education naturally becomes part of your life the minute you become a parent.
As a parent I recognized my children seemed oddly under-prepared for “adult-life” when they reached 18. Over the last few years I realized that yes, part of the issue was my own mistaken parenting methods. I had sheltered my children far too much from failure - but there were also external factors, the biggest of which I felt was school. These realizations are what lead me to where I am today in working with PiSTEM. I am a founding member of PiSTEM and will continue to advocate not only for PiSTEM but for all families to have a choice in the education of their children. And while I only have one child that will benefit directly from my learning and growth as a parent, and work with PiSTEM, I do hope my work can impact the lives of many others!
I am a mother of 3 amazing kids, a wife (married a Kuna Native), and professional speaking I wear a lot of hats but all within helping professions, I do have a Bachelors degree from BSU. I am passionate for early intervention education (special education more specifically), informed choice/consent, and the transition of families (pregnancy, birth, and postpartum). I am a Founder for Project Impact STEM Academy (as is my husband) and did it all while pregnant with my 3rd child- who was born the day before PiSTEM was approved to be a Charter! I chose to be a founder because I wanted more choice for Kuna Families. My personal belief is that we are all unique individuals and we should be treated as such- that includes how we learn. I felt very lead to this for my own children, but for any child and family that would like a choice in their education! I am so proud to be on the Board of Directors.
Ben Peterson was born and raised in Southeast Idaho, where became fascinated with his families first computer and has been tinkering with them since. In high school he gained a love of project based education from his electronics teacher. The teacher sent them out into the schools to support technology and solve problems. He also was able to build an electronic device that taught physics students principles of falling objects. He continued this love in college and was able to compete in the IGVC competition. He now resides in Kuna with his wife and 3 children where he works as an IT Systems Engineer at Boise State University. He hopes to continue support project based education by helping PiSTEM to grow and become a strong learning community for all ages.
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