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Jenny Chien

K-5th Grade Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Teacher

Casita Center for Technology, Science and Math, Vista

Jenny Chien has been teaching for nine years, the last two as a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher at Casita Center for Technology, Science, and Math. A self-described learning experience designer, Chien pulls resources from various avenues to remix and refine lessons to create personalized and relevant experiences that focus on each student’s interests.

She teaches a fourth grade journalism class, where students produce a morning newscast and also runs a flexible learning space entitled the Design, Research, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Science (DREAMS) lab where students learn the language of coding and engage in design challenges aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. The DREAMS lab allows students the opportunity to explore how things work from trial and error.

Laura Smith, Principal of Casita Center for Technology, Science, and Math, said, “Jenny Chien is a lead learner. Observing her deliver professional development on Next Generation Science Standards to teachers is magical. Educators from all over San Diego County are modeling their STEM labs after the DREAMS lab. Jenny is inspired by the future and what could be.”

Click here and you'll see why State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson selected Chien as one of the 2017 California Teachers of the Year.