Beth Van Meeteren is a veteran early childhood classroom teacher of 24 years with an M.A. in Literacy and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in early engineering. Her research focus is STEM + literacy integration in early childhood, with an emphasis on engineering. She designs and delivers professional learning and workshops on early childhood integrative STEM. In addition to work that includes journal publications, key note addresses, panel discussions and guest blogs on STEM in early childhood, Van Meeteren has authored two chapters within the book, An Inquiry Teaching Model for Early Childhood: Ramps and Pathways published by Teachers College Press, and a chapter in Lyn English and Tamara Moore's book, Early Engineering, published by Springer. She is an advisor to FIRST LEGO Discovery and a charter member of the Early Childhood Science Interest Forum in NAEYC. VanMeeteren serves as Director of the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education for the state of Iowa and teaches early literacy and elementary science methods courses for the University of Northern Iowa.