Week 3: May 13 – May 19
The Casually Cool Award
What do you like to do for fun?
My idea of fun is exploring science with my family, coaching lacrosse and making music. Sometimes that means exploding barrels of ping pong balls or blowing up hydrogen balloons in the backyard, sometimes it means intentionally catching my hand on fire, and sometimes it means taking photos with fans! But things don’t always have to be extreme to be fun.
Life is about trying new things and making mistakes! In addition, I spend a great deal of time at home working on my music! I love to writing, composing and producing math and science songs and then posting them online to my almost 13,000 social media followers! My family and I then record videos and post them online for others to jam to! Music is a powerful tool that we can all relate to!
Week 2: May 6 – May 12
The Workplace Image Award
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is meeting my fans and seeing the smiles of children and parents who attend my live shows, watch my show on PBS Kids, or follow along with experiments I post to YouTube and social media. I love what I do because it builds and fosters community and a love for learning! The world is an amazing place and it’s my job to help others be curious about this amazing world we all share! My goal is to make learning fun for everyone!
Week 1: April 24 – May 5
The First Impressions Award
What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?
Learning is about having fun, and I’ve spent the last 17 years honing my skills to inspire and engage learners of all ages using video, music and live presentations. I’ve been in traditional educational roles: teacher, principal, HR director. Recently, I made the decision to become self-employed and pursue my dream. “If you don’t build our own dream, someone will hire you to build theirs.” ~ Gaskins
Pursuing a career in education has always been important to me because learning is about creating meaningful experiences and connections with not only what we are learning, but the people we are learning with. Through powerful relationships we can guarantee that the next generation of learners will always be our best.