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Chief Educational Officer (CEO)
Denise Peoples was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended California State University, Fullerton where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing. She was awarded a scholarship to UCLA’s Anderson School of Business where she obtained her certification in “Management Development of Entrepreneurs’.
Prior to opening STEMulate Learning, I owned an Executive Search firm for many years placing Nuclear Engineers and Technology professionals in STEM careers all over the country. I could not understand why it was such a struggle to find talent in the United States. In many cases, I hired professionals from China and India because we could not find subject matter expertise in in our own country. This discovery led me to take a deeper dive into the “Why” which revealed a knowledge and achievement gap in STEM subjects such as Math and Science which needed to be addressed. At that moment, my passion and purpose was revealed. I closed my brick and mortar and opened STEMulate Learning and have never looked back!
Seeking to understand, my travels took me all over the United States speaking to esteemed educators who shared their perspectives, acknowledging that teachers have content knowledge, but struggle to make a connection with children in Math and Science. They do not know how to make Math and Science fun, engaging and rigorous. My business partner and mentor said, “Teachers teach how they were taught, good and bad”. “In turn, they teach their students the same”. As instructional coaches, we conducted discovery-based orientations with each teacher we worked with that proved his conclusion. As we walked classroom to classroom it became apparent that the missing ingredients is cultural relevance, social emotional learning, and growth mindsets in 95% of the districts we served.
Intentionally leveraging my background as a Master Recruiter, I began to hire Math and Science instructional coaches that look like many of the children present in 90% of the districts we serve. Our instructional scholars joined forces with STEMulate Learning on a quest to make learning culturally relevant, social emotional, rigorous and most of all FUN!
In doing just that, we continue to bridge the learning gaps and students scores began to soar!
Ultimately, our goal is to help 1 million children find their love of Math and Science by supporting both teachers and students. WE WON’T STOP UNTIL OUR KIDS REACH THE TOP!
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