Our mission is to partner with foster care communities, DHHS, businesses, churches, and other agencies to raise awareness about the need for forever families, to facilitate events which lead to adoption, and to create an inspirational, innovative, and safe environment for America’s most vulnerable youth.
STEM 4 Them believe that children should be paired with forever families in an environment that is both engaging and non-threatening. We are essentially setting up opportunities for
families to “find each other” through STEM events.
We seek to build growth mindsets, perseverance, and self-confidence as our children see themselves as valuable problem-solvers and innovators.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Renee Peddie, STEM 4 Them Founder
Renee has 25 years of experience working with children in various roles and settings. After ten years of research and an extensive feasibility study, she followed her passion for children in foster care and founded a nonprofit corporation called STEM 4 Them. This provides at-risk children in foster care an opportunity to design, explore and build through monthly STEM Saturdays. Her week long, summer innovation camp is intended to match eligible children with forever families in a non threatening, creative and engaging environment. During the soft roll-out of their first year, STEM 4 Them successfully matched three children!
Renee was an unconventional elementary teacher for nine years, while utilizing STEM principles to drive instruction. Renee has served her community as a social worker, a public school teacher and has chaired countless committees in her school and at her church. Renee is celebrating her fifth year as a PLTW Master Teacher and is certified to teach elementary education, ELA and science. During her tenure in public schools, Renee successfully integrated all content areas of the CCSS into her STEM classroom. In addition to training educators all over the country, she has presented at six state conferences and two national conferences. She is known for thinking outside the box and often challenges the status quo.
Renee and her husband planted a church over two decades ago and Renee continues to be very active in that capacity. She has been the Director of Children’s Ministry since the church’s inception. Her passion for educating children extends far beyond her classroom and her school. Renee’s newest venture includes writing two children’s books, which she is hoping to publish in 2020.
Renee graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She lives in Saint Joseph with her husband and their 4 children. Renee Peddie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.