Kelsey Derringer

Kelsey works at the YWCA managing the STEM Impact and TechGYRLS programs.

TechGYRLs is a girls-only after-school STEM club for girls grades 4th-8th. It is run and taught by Kelsey at Woodland Hills Intermediate School for 4th and 5th graders. TechGYRLS is also running at Carmichaels Jr./Sr. High School for 6th-8th graders. In managing the program, Kelsey creates lesson plans and manages materials and personnel so that girls can find greater success and empowerment in STEM activities and job fields.

STEM Impact is a program connecting under-served populations to high-quality STEM learning. Kelsey coordinates materials and trains the educators at existing organizations to incorporate project-based, high-quality STEM units into their programs. STEM Impact hands out complete kits with materials, lesson plans, and accompanying training for FREE so that students can make rockets, solve urban engineering problems, and explore science materials and ideas.

Prior to working at the YWCA, Kelsey worked as an educator in various jobs: as a part-time STEM educator with the Carnegie Science Center, a preschool teacher, a full-time middle school English teacher, a ballet instructor, a tutor, a day camp leader, and a choreographer. Through exploring the various facets and approaches to education, Kelsey has found that she most enjoys teaching extra-curricular enrichment with students, and coordinating with the staff of other organizations to empower their staff to do the same.

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