GO STEAM! Founders
Beth graduated from Geneva College. She is a certified elementary and middle school math teacher with a graduate degree in Library Science from Clarion University. She has worked with kids for the past 20 years as both a preschool and middle school math teacher, camp counselor, relief houseparent at a private school, Girl Scout Leader, a youth services librarian, and most recently a Reference & Instruction librarian at HACC.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Beth now resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband Chris, their two sons and daughter, and two dogs. In her spare time Beth loves visiting libraries, reading, finding bargains, experimenting with new recipes, creating art with her kids, being outside, drinking copious amounts of tea, and coming up with new ideas!
Chris has a degree in Youth Ministry from Geneva College and has worked for the non-profit The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding for 15 years. He currently serves as their Media and Research Specialist. He also studied Math and Statistics while at college. He has worked with kids for the past 20 years in various roles including camp counselor, youth group leader, relief houseparent at a private school, and as a volunteer at his church.
With roots in western New York, he met Beth in 6th grade where they were crowned the boys and girls chess champions at Evans City Elementary. In his spare time Chris enjoys running, hiking, being outdoors, exploring with his three energetic kids, watching and playing sports, cheering for the New York Yankees, and finding ways to keep Beth’s ideas in check!
GO STEAM! Staff
Jenna is a Lancaster County native, a 2009 graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, and a 2013 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University. Before moving back to the Lancaster area in 2016, Jenna spent a year teaching Art half-time at Harrisonburg High School in Virginia and a year teaching Art full time at Brookland Middle School in Washington DC.
She now teaches K-8 Art at Lancaster Mennonite Schools, in addition to Coding and Makerspace classes. Through teaching Coding and Makerspace, Jenna has developed a passion for integrating STEM subjects and Art. She loves helping students explore the ways in which these subjects overlap and strengthen one another. In 2017, Jenna began working for GO STEAM! as an after-school instructor, and she has loved her experiences in this role so far! When she’s not teaching, Jenna enjoys exploring downtown Lancaster City, tending to her backyard garden, and creating colored pencil illustrations.
Jessica graduated from Alvernia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. In addition, she has a Master of Science in Education from Wilkes University. Before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom, she was a classroom teacher for twelve years, teaching everything from eighth grade Earth Science to sixth grade math, and even spent a few years working with small groups of gifted students. For the last 15 years, Jessica has been a part of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, currently serving as the President of the East Region board.
Jessica has lived in Lancaster County her entire life, growing up in the Leola area where she went to elementary school with the boy she would later marry! She currently resides in Mount Joy with her husband Don, son Benjamin, and daughter Jordyn. Jessica is a busy stay-at-home mom, not only working as a GO STEAM! instructor, but she is also the leader of the mom’s group at her church, a Sunday school teacher, a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, a private tutor, and a volunteer in both of her kid’s schools. Jessica loves to try new things, enjoys camping and hiking, and having adventures with her family and friends.
Teamwork and creativity are important to us but safety is always a priority.
All GO STEAM! staff maintain current Act 151 (child abuse) clearance, Act 34 (criminal record) clearance, and federal criminal history background check. All staff have completed Mandated Reporter Training. Beth & Chris are both trained in Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid, CPR, & AED. Beth is also trained in Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector through the American Red Cross.