8 years ago I joined Teach for America, fell in love with education, and have been teaching ever since. I have had the privilege of teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade in charter and district schools. I am currently teaching 2nd grade in Los Angeles Unified School District. The first 6 years of teaching I was focused on teaching reading, writing, and mathematics. But I always felt as if something was missing. My students struggled with working in groups and were quick to give up when tasks became difficult. I now realize that STEM/STEAM education is that missing part that I have been searching for. I am currently working on my Masters in STEM Curriculum and Design from California State Northridge and a NASA Leadership Certification.