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STEAM pros connect curriculum to careers at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

| March 02, 2020, 01:16 PM

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St. Anne’s School of Annapolis welcomed several working professionals in STEAM-focused areas who shared their careers to help students make connections between curriculum and eventual practical application. Last week, St. Anne’s School welcomed a month-long STEAM Artist-in-Residence, Emile Muhoza, who joins us from Kigali, Rwanda. On February 21, the School is hosted its first “So, You Want to be a Scientist?” event from 8:30-10:00 a.m. The event’s keynote speaker was Tiffany Davis, Aerospace Engineer in Mission Systems Engineering & Operations at the Boeing Company.

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The School’s STEAM Artist-in-Residence, Emile Muhoza, currently serves as a Secondary Biology and Chemistry Teacher at the Association of Parents for the Contribution and Promotion of Education (APACOPE) School in Kigali, Rwanda. He is also accomplished in Rwandan Traditional Dance and is the Head Coach of the student dance troupe at APACOPE, as well as the coach of his own adult dance troupe, Abusakivi. Prior to his teaching position at APACOPE, Mr. Muhoza served as a Biology and Chemistry Teacher and Lab Technician at College Amis-des-anfant in Kigali. He earned his degree in Biology Education from the University of Rwanda College of Education. He speaks Kinyarwanda, French, and English.

Mr. Muhoza previously visited St. Anne’s School in April 2019 along with four other Rwandan teachers on behalf of local nonprofit Connect Rwanda. “We are thrilled he has returned to St. Anne’s School to observe and assist in our Science and Design classes in partnership with APACOPE’s new Makerspace. He will also lead some Physical Education classes during which he will instruct on traditional Rwandan dance,” says Lisa Nagel, Head of School.

A Georgia Tech graduate, Tiffany Davis [link: tiffanyndavis.com/] is an aerospace engineer and rocket scientist at Boeing. Ms. Davis promotes boldness, faith in artistry, and utilizing “the power of finesse” to embrace the struggle in order to get the results you want in life. She is an advocate for encouraging other young women and minorities to follow their own passions, no matter the obstacles or level of difficulty. In her spare time, Ms. Davis runs a mentorship program and supports the AstroGirls Scholarship, a fundraiser that helps pay for girls to attend space camp. She is currently in a Master’s Program for Computer Science and plans on focusing her studies on artificial intelligence and machine learning, with the hope of using those for future space exploration missions.

Ms. Davis was the keynote speaker for “So, You Want to be a Scientist?” at St. Anne’s School on Friday, February 21. Following Ms. Davis’ presentation, students moved into break-out groups, where they heard from other STEM-related career professionals including a veterinarian, ophthalmologist, river keeper, sports nutritionist, chemical engineer, mechanical engineer, ecologist, among several others.

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