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Education Panel | Leveraging the Individual Plan of Study to Explore STEM Careers

About the Session

The Individual Plan of Study (IPS) is required for all Kansas students. The IPS intends to guide a student’s career and post-secondary exploration. Move beyond simply checking a box to supporting student exploration in STEM and other technology-related fields. Join our panel of counselors and teachers as they discuss how the IPS paired with a focused career development plan can open the door to STEM careers for your students.

About the Moderator

Flagship Ad Astra Technology Summit Speaker Pam Kraus

Pam Kraus

Smoky Hill Education Service Center, CTE Coordinator & STEM Consultant
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Pam Kraus

Smoky Hill Education Service Center, CTE Coordinator & STEM Consultant

Pam has over 20 years of experience as a classroom science teacher, teaching chemistry and physical science at St. John’s Military School and Salina Central High School in Salina, Kansas. As the CTE Coordinator and STEM Consultant at Smoky Hill Education Service Center, she provides CTE services and administers the Perkins grant for 42 districts and provides professional development for STEM teachers. Pam is also a space enthusiast and has participated in and presented at workshops at Johnson Space Center, US Space and Rocket Center, Cape Canaveral/Patrick AF Base and the Cosmosphere. Pam is passionate about sharing strategies to create motivation and interest to improve learning in STEM fields.

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About the Panelists

Flagship Ad Astra Technology Summit Speaker Bailey Echer

Bailey Echer

USD 333 Concordia Jr Sr High School, School Counselor/IPS & CTE Coordinator
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Bailey Echer

USD 333 Concordia Jr Sr High School, School Counselor/IPS & CTE Coordinator

Bailey comes to education and school counseling via parallel pathway. She started out in the business industry, but soon starting on her Master’s in School Counseling. She broke into education by working as an Adult Recruiter for a technical school in Kansas, and then started as a School Counselor at Pretty Prairie. She also has experience as a College and Career Advocate. Bailey has a deep passion for individual plans of study, working with students to create and plan their unique postsecondary futures, and all things CTE. Bailey has been at Concordia Jr. Sr. High School since 2019 as a School Counselor and the IPS & CTE Coordinator. She has also been a trainer for the KSDE IPS PLN groups. Bailey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sterling College, and Master’s degrees in School Counseling and Education Administration from Fort Hays State University. In her time away from school, Bailey and her husband stay busy with their 14 month old twin girls, watching lots of sports, cheering for the Jayhawks, reading, and cooking.

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Flagship Ad Astra Technology Summit Speaker Marcillene Dover

Marcillene Dover

Wichita High School North Science Teacher
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Marcillene Dover

Wichita High School North Science Teacher

Marcillene Dover is in her 8th year of teaching at Wichita High School North. She currently teaches Physics, Scientific Research and Design, and Recovery Credit Science. 

She is an inaugural Launch Learning Fellow with the Cosmosphere Space Museum, and works with the Cosmosphere to bring space exploration to her students on field trips. This year she will be taking students to the Hutchinson Glider Flight Club to experience glider flying. 

With Launch Learning, Marcillene was able to work with Teachers in Space to start the North High SpaceFlight Club last year to design a microcontroller device to fly in two high altitude balloon flights to collect data. This year, she will coach the first ever North High Drone Soccer team. 

In Physics classes, she uses the latest Vernier equipment to teach students with hands-on activities. With Scientific Research and Design, she uses hands-on Lab-AIDs activities kits. She has also taken these students to the Great Plains Nature Center to test water quality in local streams.

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