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Sherrie Dennis

Manager of STEM Curriculum and Instruction

Sherrie joins the SARSEF staff as Manager of STEM Curriculum and Instruction following 25 years as an elementary educator. She obtained her Bachelors of Science at Oklahoma Christian College and has taught Preschool-5th grade in Hawaii and Arizona. During the last 19 years working as an educator for Marana Unified School District, she has served on the Instructional Leadership Team and the Building Leadership Team, been Science Coordinator for the school, and developed many STEM-related activities for afterschool programs. Some of these programs included robotics and coding for Kindergarten-Sixth grade students, creating a community garden and using technology tools to conduct science experiments, electrical circuits class, a maker space for the garden, and a Milers Club where hundreds of students ran over 150 miles during the course of a year.

From 2014-2020, Sherrie worked with The STEMAZing Project, first as a Teacher Leader and then as a co-facilitator of workshops on introducing coding, robotics, and engineering into the classroom, impacting over 300 teachers and their students. In addition, she developed quality science and engineering lessons for The STEMAZing Project accessible online through the Sciencing and Engineering Collection. She has worked to ensure teachers access and engage with the new Science Standards by co-hosting free webinars with the Arizona Department of Education, Grand Canyon University, and Arizona Science Teachers Association. Sherrie is also involved with the Marana Unified School Districts Science Teacher Leader Program.

As the Manager of STEM Curriculum and Instruction at SARSEF, Sherrie develops instruction that all students have access to by engaging hands-on, minds-on experiences with science and engineering. In her spare time, Sherrie loves spending every Sunday with her family, running half marathons, building automata machines, working in her garden, and finding the next interesting robot to code. She is also known by many teachers as The Robot General and has over 75 personal robots.