Shelly Sparrow is in her 27th year teaching elementary students for School City of Mishawaka. She has taught grades 1 through 6 and currently teaches second graders at Twin Branch Elementary School.
Shelly has been the recipient of many grants and awards that fuel her passion for STEM education. Her students learn to code and program robots, design and build prototypes for engineering challenges, and incubate eggs and hatch chicks that can be viewed from home through a live stream. Shelly envisioned and started the first summer STEM Camp for elementary students with the approval of her school corporation.
Shelly is a kit trainer for the Indiana Science Initiative and a Science Mentor through Purdue University. Kit training allows her to work with teachers across the state to develop inquiry based science skills and utilize scientist notebooks. As a science mentor, she works closely with new teachers to develop skills and best practices to aid teacher retention in STEM. She is also a trainer for the National Science and Math Initiative’s Laying the Foundation Program. She has presented for the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers at the state level, as well as multiple presentations locally.
Shelly earned a B.A. in elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement from Ball State University and is currently pursuing her STEM Teaching Certification.