Full STEAM Ahead

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Oct 25, 2016

Villa is moving "Full STEAM Ahead" with plans to expand STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning. STEAM plans got a boost from a $2,000 grant awarded to sixth grade teacher Jenna Yuenger. She was recognized as a 2016 Unsung Hero by Voya Financial, Inc. 

Heather Lavallee, president of Tax-Exempt Markets at Voya Financial, said, “We are proud to recognize those exceptional teachers who work every day to raise the bar of their profession and find new ways to spark a love of learning. As we help Americans plan, invest, and protect their savings to build a secure financial future, we’re honored to help Jenna Yuenger go above and beyond to prepare her students for their own bright future.”

Ms.Yuenger’s innovative teaching idea, Full STEAM Ahead, is focused on creating an environment where learning happens in a hands-on motivational way. She believes students need to be equipped with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) knowledge, as well as the problem-solving skills necessary to be creative thinkers. The Full STEAM Ahead program is designed for participants to discover their talents and cement learning from the classroom. Through the program, Villa Madonna Academy Elementary will be able to enhance the teaching and learning process by providing tools for kindergarten through sixth grade students in circuitry, engineering, computer programming, and robotics.

Ms.Yuenger is one of only 100 winners across the country who will receive this award to help fund and bring her program to life. In addition, she will now compete with other finalists for one of the top three prizes – an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 from Voya Financial. Yuenger said, “I am honored to receive this money from Voya. Their support will help us expand our STEAM programs here at Villa.”