Director of Curriculum
Role: As a former classroom educator and after-school program founder, Steph oversees all our curricular creations for the Tech Center and our STEM Core curriculum. She works closely with our Director of Technology and Director of Programs to design the lessons we use each day in our space, as well as the lessons for each of our STEM Core modules. It is Steph’s job to produce innovative, project-based, and accessible content for our curricula that focuses on preparing youth for the careers of tomorrow.
Biography: Steph has been working in education for over 15 years in many different capacities. A former Early Childhood Educator, Steph left the classroom to become the Owner and Creative Director for Campfire Apps – a mobile game and app development company that she started with her husband Shawn. In an effort to encourage young women to become more interested in technology and app development, Steph co-founded APPlied Club – an after-school app development club for high school students – where she taught business and design topics related to app development.
Steph has always been passionate about working with youth and now, more than ever, she is passionate about giving youth the tools and skills they need to grow into successful, productive members of our community.
- First Computer: Hand-me-down Commodore 64 from my Uncle – all we did on this was play games
- First Programming Language: Lua (I started learning this 2 years ago)
- First Job: Program Assistant at CCBC Dundalk Children’s Learning Center
- First Tech Job: Creative Director for Campfire Apps
- Fun Fact: I handmade everything for my wedding – except dresses and food
- Most Memorable Failure: Once, while I was working on my Bachelor’s degree, I was writing a 30 page paper. I was almost completely finished when my computer crashed and I lost it all! I had to stay up all night to re-write the paper from my notes and have my husband help me type sections of it so I could turn it in on time.
- What I Learned: 1) Save your work frequently!. 2) Writing a really detailed outline (maybe TOO detailed) never hurts.
- Crafts – I love to make my own greeting cards, scrapbooks, embroidery, weavings, paintings, display art, and felt creations
- Technology and Gadgets – I like how easy technology makes my life and I love experiencing the improvements made in this field every day
- Traveling – I love taking to the road and seeing new places – day trips, road trips, camping, cruises
- Tabletop Games – I have enjoyed playing games since I was a young kid, now I my husband and I play all the time
- Photography – I used to help run a photo studio out of my house and I love photography as art and a way of documenting life
- Digital Art – I like making digital art, especially for games
- April 2013 – “Making Apps with Students – Version 2.0” at MSET Common Ground Conference
- March 2013 – “Setting Out to Sea: Getting Students on Course for Their Careers” at SxSWEdu
- August 2012 – APPlied Club Summer Institute for Digital Harbor Foundation’s EdTech Link Fellows
- July 2012 – APPlied Club Summer Institute for Baltimore County Public Schools
- June 2012 – APPlied Club Lightning Talk at ISTE Convention
- April 2012 – “APPlied Club: Reaching Students Through Mobile App Development” at MSET Common Ground Conference
- Mobile app economy inspires local entrepreneurs, The Baltimore Sun, October 23 2011
- Campfire Apps: app development more a hobby than full-time gig, Technically Baltimore, March 27 2013