Kate Youmans, Director Project Based Learning and CTE
Kate is thrilled to be joining the innovative team at AISU as the Director for ProjectBased Learning. Prior to joining AISU, Kate spent 7 years working in the medical device industry after completing her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Working for leading companies such as Johnson and Johnson, she developed a variety of surgical instruments from initial conceptualization to product launch. In her role she had the opportunity to work with international surgeons and industry thought leaders to establish cutting edge surgical treatments. In her time outside of work Kate actively worked to develop students’ interest in STEM careers through informal education programming with the National Science Foundation and the Society of Women Engineers. In 2010, Kate decided to pursue her passion in a more formal way, joining the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs at MIT as their Manager of Middle School Programs. In this capacity, she lead two academic enrichment programs serving over 120 students from Boston and the surrounding communities. During this time she built collaborations with undergraduate students, top leaders in the field of education and university staff to implement a culture of hands-on and experiential learning for students. In 2014, Kate earned an M.Ed. in Science Education from Boston University and completed her student teaching in an 8th grade Physical Science class. Kate is passionate about providing students with the inspiration and 21stcentury skills needed to be successful in future science and engineering careers.
Kate is excited about relocating to the Salt Lake area and all the outdoor adventure opportunities it provides. She has traveled extensively including expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica and many of the National Parks. In her spare time, Kate enjoys exploring the outdoors, swimming competitively and cooking/baking for friends.
Dalton Perry, Da Vinci Studio Project Based Learning
Dalton Peery was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Olympus High School in 1996 and from the University of Utah in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with an advanced minor in English as a Second Language. He speaks both English and Spanish, enjoys gardening and home improvement and is driven by the ideas of equality, kindness, understanding and education for all. He was raised in a large family and has a natural knack with children and has taught at 2 different charter schools for the last 8 years.
He is a hands on learner and excited to teach this way at AISU.
Aaron Burton – CTE Teacher