City of Residence
St Joseph, MI
Renee is a mother of 4, pastor's wife, and educator. She has over 25 years of experience as an educator. Ten of those years were spent as a teacher in public schools and serving on various committees: vertical alignment, school improvement, innovation council, ELA, and more. Renee's current line of work is as a national STEM trainer for teachers. Inspired by education, she founded a nonprofit organization, STEM 4 Them. It uses project-based learning to build relationships between children in foster care and families interested in adoption.
Renee served as an Administrative Pastor (25+ years), Public Education (teacher) ten years and Social Worker for two years.
Renee's Philanthropic Practices include:
Thanksgiving Food Baskets to the community since 1994
PTO President and Vice President (Stewart Elementary, Lakeshore Public Schools)
Founder & Director: STEM 4 Them, August 2018 Oversee all functions, practices and events
● Recruitment and retention of volunteer staff
● Train all staff in crisis situations, growth mindset while building a highly energetic and effective team ● Facilitate hands on events that promote innovation, personal advancement, communication, collaboration, decision making, and creativity
● Partner with foster care communities, DHHS, businesses, churches, and other agencies to match children with forever families and eliminate children aging out of the system
Renee's credentials include a Bachelor of Science (Elementary Education), Minor in Integrated Science, State Endorsements in ELA and Science, Facilitator of Love and Logic Parenting Course ● Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS), 2019 ● PLTW Master Teacher Training, 2016-2020 ● PLTW Lead Teacher Training, 2015 ● Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, 2013-2016 ● Principles of Conscious Discipline, 2011 ● CORE State Training – Social Work, 2010/2011 (Core 1, 2 and 3) ● 6 + 1 Traits of Writing, ongoing
If elected, Renee will diligently work to foster unity and collaboration as she advocates for the best interest of students.