Stephen Erick has been teaching and writing curriculum in elementary and middle schools for 16 years. His experience spans from K- 8th grade where he now teaches middle school STEAM and CTE courses as well as run his school’s makerspace. He graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2002 and later added a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University. In 2013 he was awarded the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year award for his work as a 3rd grade teacher and in 2016 was a second place finisher for the Henry Ford National Innovative Teacher Of the Year Award for his work with his STEAM and CTE courses. He has now combined a teaching career he loves with his passion for making, being creative and learning new technology. In his role as role, he actively aligns his work in his middle school with both the STEAM classes offered at the elementary and the high school. He enjoys volunteering and working with groups such as the TSA (Technology Student Association) and FIRST Robotics as well as sharing his experiences with others through professional development opportunities.