Kellie Taylor

2018 Fellows

Kellie Taylor

Fellowship Placement: Library of Congress
Hometown: Emmett, ID

Kellie Taylor has been the Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Engineering Teacher at Galileo STEM Academy since 2012. Kellie will serve her Fellowship at the Library of Congress.

She began her teaching career in 2004 and earned her masters and doctorate in Educational Technology from Boise State University while teaching fulltime. Kellie has shared her work in the classroom at various conferences beginning with the 2013 Radical Innovation Summit in Washington D.C. and then as a strand provider for robotics and 3D printing at the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 i-STEM Summer Institutes. In addition, Kellie presented her work with robotics and 3D printing at the 2014, 2015, 2017 NCCE Conferences. She also presented on robotics programmed with C++ at the 2018 SEEC and 2018 IETA. Kellie has been recognized as a 2014 and 2018 State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and attended the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Pittsburgh, PA in July of 2015. She also received the 2016 K-6 Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM award for her work integrating industry into the classroom and providing real world science experiences. Kellie has been Teacher of the Year at her school in 2007, 2012, and 2017, and more recently, is a 2018 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. She maintains a curious attitude that promotes innovation in the classroom and school culture; however, curiosity is only the beginning. Kellie follows her curiosity and passion for education by striving to grow professionally through conference attendances, educator institutes, and participating in various opportunities such as Maven Elementary Educator Summit, NASA Microgravity University for Educators, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property. She also attended Picademy during August 2017 and became a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Kellie is a new member of Space Exploration Educator Crew through Space Center Houston. With all the various professional development, she continues to advance students’ engagement in STEM with classroom instruction, additional opportunities in after school groups and competitive teams, and organizing school-wide events such as STEM Night and Sumobots. Kellie works to build upon students’ existing skills in 3D printing, robotics, engineering, and collaboration, through problem-based challenges. Furthermore, while developing her professional abilities and the abilities of her students, she works to conduct action research on best practices for STEM implementation in the elementary classroom.