Three female students studying at a table outside in the city

How science teachers are made

September 20, 2019

According to the Nationwide Teacher Shortage Areas Listing published by the U.S. Department of Education, Colorado needs teachers statewide in mathematics, computer education and science. This makes CU Denver’s programs in STEM education particularly useful. The School of Education & Human Development wants to highlight its STEM programs, which focus on “understanding students’ ideas, creating equitable STEM learning environments, and assessing students’ needs and providing high-quality instruction.”

Today’s STEM teachers turn subjects that some once thought of as boring or difficult into fun, exciting learning opportunities for students of all ages. One such teacher is Kaitlyn Elliott, who is currently doing her student-teaching at Skinner Middle School while she completes her degree in secondary science education at CU Denver.

Kaitlyn has always loved science, and she wants her students to leave science class having learned something new—and feeling confident in their knowledge.

It’s a small campus in a big city, and so it gives you that opportunity to really become anything that you want to be.

– Kaitlyn Elliott, education student