V. Barbara Pener combines the unique perspective of a past STEM TQ participant with her commitment to the STEM infused classroom, as she continues her role as a STEM TQ facilitator.
For Pener, the close of the 2015-16 academic year marked the completion of 30 years in education, all served in the Kirkwood School District.
She has taught Health & Wellness, Chemistry, Astronomy, Technology, and more recently Earth Science and Robotics. She earned her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and both her master’s degrees in Technology and Science Education from Webster University.
She has served as an NEA officer, district science fair facilitator, on several district level social justice committees, the district African American Achievement Task Force, district technology leadership team, as well as building level science department chairperson, track and field coach, and competitive robotics coach.
Her First Lego League Robotics teams have experienced much success over the past five years, including several golden ticket berths to the state competitions. One of her teams earned one of the coveted few first place trophies. Barbara has presented in educational conferences at the local, state, and national levels in the area of health, science, athletics, and technology. Barbara embraces technology and recognizes the importance of its regular use in the 21st century classroom.