UMES Hosts Lower Eastern Shore STEM Team
PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (April 22, 2014) -
The University of Maryland Extension office at the University of Maryland
Eastern Shore hosts it first ever 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) team. Charged with engaging area
youth in the many program areas within the STEM fields, the team has
established offices in each of the tri-county areas of the lower Eastern Shore.
“Engaging more young people within the STEM fields is a national
priority and it is a priority of the University of Maryland Extension and the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore. We
are, therefore, very excited about having a team that’s reserved for making
STEM its priority,” said Dr. Henry Brooks, UME-UMES Extension administrator.
Team leader Jocelyn Koller is stationed at the University of Maryland
Eastern Shore campus and has joined the team as a 4-H STEM associate
agent. She is a graduate of Towson
University, where she earned a Master of Science degree in biology with an
interest in molecular biology and forensics.
Having taught at the middle, high school, and college levels, she brings
to her position a wealth of knowledge about the value of education in the sciences. In addition to teaching, she has served as a
biology program manager for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented
Youth and as a STEM education and outreach specialist with Towson University’s
Bioscience and Outreach Program.
“I expect that this new STEM initiative will result in more youth
being excited about STEM and having a greater understanding of it,” said
Koller. “I believe they will take their
newly acquired knowledge beyond the four walls of their classrooms and into
their communities and careers.”
John Kotz has joined the team as a 4-H STEM faculty extension assistant in Somerset County. He
is a graduate of Salisbury University, there earning a bachelor’s degree in
elementary education. In August 2013, he
received his master’s degree in school leadership from Wilmington University
and is certified to teach technology education.
He has worked as a high school technology education teacher in Salisbury
for six years and has served as dean of students on both the middle school and high
school levels. John wants to use STEM to
promote life-long learning to youth on the Eastern Shore.
Lisa Murphy, also a 4-H STEM faculty extension assistant, is stationed
in Worcester County. She is a native of
Salisbury and a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in
horticulture with an interest in horticultural therapy and has continued her
education by taking graduate courses in agricultural education at UMES. She has worked as an agricultural technician
at UMES, a branch executive director of the Maryland Chapter Arthritis
Foundation, assistant director of the SU Fund at Salisbury University; a
community relations director for a retirement community and chief of Senior
Centers with MAC, Inc.
Celine Pastore is the 4-H STEM faculty extension assistant for
Wicomico County. An honors graduate from
Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in math, Pastore has worked as a
pre-calculus, geometry and algebra II teacher at the Massanutten Military
Academy, a second-chance boarding school located in rural Virginia. Having also worked as a teacher and volunteer
in programs through Westfield Youth Detention Center and Habitat for Humanity,
Celine has had the opportunity to teach and mentor youth from many diverse
backgrounds and experiences. She is eager to apply her experience to helping
youth on the Eastern Shore gain confidence and interest in all aspects of STEM.
For more information about the UME-UMES 4-H STEM team and their STEM
initiatives on the lower Eastern Shore, please contact Jocelyn Koller at
Street, agriculture communication specialist, UMES – University of Maryland
Extension, 410-651-6084, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured left to right are Jocelyn Koller, Celine Pastore, Lisa Murphy and John Kotz.