Ms. Emily Sanders has a diverse experience when it comes to working in education. She started her career as teacher and taught English at both Monessen City Schools andWest Middlesex Area School District. Emily spent 8 years as an assistant high school principal, who demonstrated leadership in both curriculum and technology, at Baldwin-Whitehall and Peters Township School District.
Her numerous degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with certifications in English and Communication Arts 7-12 from Clarion University and a Master of Education in Administration and Policy Studies with certificates in Principal K-12, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Letter of Eligibility from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is pursuing her doctoral degree, in which she plans on doing research in the field of educational technology implementation in higher education. Additionally, Ms. Sanders is on staff at Waynesburg University as an adjunct professor. She teaches Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in the Content Areas and Instructional Design and Curriculum Development
Emily has presented at many statewide conferences such as PASCD, PAESSP, PSLA, Pete & C, and Tretc. In March of 2012, Ms. Sanders co-presented at the Internet@Schools (East Coast Region) in Washington, D.C. on how to best re-structure professional development and the role of the librarian to best support teaching and learning in the 21st Century. Most recently, she and her colleagues form New Castle Jr/Sr High School presented at the AIU3 Center for Creativity’s STEAM Showcase where they highlighted Girls in Robotics, Gaming, 3D printing, and other Project Lead the Way projects.
During the past 3 years as the Director of Technology and STEAM Committee Chairperson at New Castle Area School District she has been able to create, implement, and sustain a school-wide STEAM curricula in grades k-12. Elementary students learn about engineering through literacy projects, engage in programming and coding skills with Lego Robotics kits, and create 3D installation art with circuits. All 7th and 8th graders take Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics classes, while students in the high school can choose from 11 other electives in the STEAM pathways. A continued partnership with the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, The Franklin Center and BC3 are crucial and continue to help the program flourish.
Finally, with monies from grants, donations, and from the general fund, Emily has worked tirelessly with other administrators and teachers to recreate learning spaces at the George Washington Intermediate School and the Jr/Sr High School to support innovation, technology, STEAM and project -based learning activities. These maker spaces allow students to learn in an environment that is designed to promote and foster creativity, student-choice and authentic connections.