Professional Development and Training Committee

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Anna Sumner 
Executive Director – Prairie STEM


In order to create PK -12 pathways, experiential learning opportunities, 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 are 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 Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium


Justin Andersson                 Omaha Public Schools

Lori Bachle                          Clarkson College

Art Brown                            Metropolitan Community College

Emily Brown                        Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Reid Claussen                       Novozymes

DeLayne Havlovik                 Omaha Public Schools

Rob Jenson                           ESU 3

Nicole Mitchell                     Urban League of NE

Sally Otis                              Fontenelle Forest

Michelle Rono                       Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Hillary Saalfeld                     Omaha’s Children’s Museum

Greg Schwanke                     ESU 3

Megan Sigmon                      McGrath North Law

LaResha Swiney                    Infinite 8 Institute