Professional Development/Training Committee

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Anna Sumner 
Prairie STEM/UNL Engineering


In creating PK -12 pathways, through experiential learning, quality STEM programs and job-connected mentorships/externships, supporting educators with resources and training is essential.  Although there are many training opportunities throughout the Omaha area, they are operating in silos and not necessarily connected to building strong career pathways.


The Professional Development/Training Committee is committed to identifying professional development/training opportunities and resources for educators, and industry partners that provide STEM knowledge, competency and pedagogy.  As STEM pathways for students is developed, PD and training opportunities will support each pathway from PK- Career.




Anna Sumner                          Prairie STEM

Steering Committee Advisers:

Megan Addison                      Collective for Youth

Elizabeth Mulkerrin                Omaha’s HD Zoo & Aquarium


Justin Andersson                 Omaha Public Schools

Emily Brown                          Omaha’s HD Zoo & Aquarium

Reid Claussen                       Novozymes

DeLayne Havlovik                 Omaha Public Schools

Nicole Mitchell                      Urban League of NE

Michelle Rono                       HD Zoo and Aquarium

Hillary Saalfeld                      Omaha’s Children’s Museum

Megan Sigmon                      McGrath North Law

La Resha Swiney                    Omaha Public Schools