Alicia Churchill is an early childhood educator in rural Slippery Rock, PA. Following over 10 years working as a dance educator, Mrs. Churchill shifted her focus from the studio to the classroom where she has spent the last 5 years developing a program that prepares students for the demands (social, emotional, and academic) of the “new” kindergarten. She is dedicated to guiding students and their families through this process while preserving the children’s sense of wonder and imagination. She passionately believes in building up every child – mind, body, and spirit – to give them the courage to preserve until they achieve that “A HA!” moment. What better way to do that than through STEAM education? In addition to working with preschool-aged children, she is now developing a program to bring after-school STEAM programming to local middle school students giving them an opportunity to explore different career options that they may not be aware of.
Alicia is currently the president of Kids Innovation Playground, a non-profit organization devoted to bridging the educational gap in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) experiences for children PreK-8th grade in rural western Pennsylvania. Working with this organization has allowed her to see firsthand the power of STEAM education to bring out the best in children. Mrs. Churchill looks forward to learning and sharing all things STEAM with children for many years to come.