Pam Kraus is the Career Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator and STEM Consultant at Smoky Hill Education Service Center in Salina, Kansas. As CTE Coordinator Pam writes and administers the federal Perkins Grant for 42 rural Kansas districts in the Smoky Hill Carl Perkins Consortium. In addition, she supports districts with all things related to career and technical education. As a STEM Consultant Pam uses her over 20 years’ experience in the classroom as a high school chemistry and STEM teacher and her passion for making science engaging and understandable. She has also mentored Robotics teams for FIRST and BEST robotics programs and sponsored a STEM Explorers club.
Pam was recently named a Space Foundation International Teacher Liaison and she uses her passion for space exploration to provide opportunities for teachers to incorporate space in their classrooms to create interest, increase motivation, and teach science concepts. Pam has received training through Teachers in Space, Air Camp, US Naval Academy SET Sail STEM Academy, Honeywell Educators’ Space Academy, AMTA Chemistry Modeling, ChemEd, and ASM Materials Science Camp. She has presented to educators from around the world at Space Exploration Educators Conference at Space Center Houston, as well as to science educators at the annual Kansas Association of Teachers of Science conference. She has additional experience with mentor teacher programs, college and career counseling, and grant writing.