KGSC Welcomes Kim Haverkos as new Co-Chair

The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative is pleased to announce that Dr. Kimberly Haverkos has accepted the position of co-chair left vacated by the retirement of Sue Scheff. A veteran science teacher, Kim holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Miami University, where her research focus was on girlhood and science education. Kim embraces her new role with KGSC as a champion for all girls in the Commonwealth, describing her work with girls in STEM as exciting and inspiring, but not without its challenges. She identifies the biggest challenges facing girls in STEM as cultural, “we have to shift our cultural perspective around our expectations for girls and we need to listen to what girls are telling us.” 

 

As co-chair, Kim joins Dr. Czar Crofcheck of the University of Kentucky in administrative responsibilities and oversight of the statewide Champions Board. In her new role with KGSC, Kim looks forward to continuing her work to connect girls and young women across Kentucky with the STEM opportunities that are right for them. Her advice to women and girls pursing STEM  is to persevere.  “Keep looking for opportunities that connect with you–don’t settle for a STEM career because it’s the thing to do, look for the one that engages you and excites you. Remember, many of the STEM jobs you could have in the future don’t even exist yet!” Kim expects that as the STEM opportunities increase so will girls’ engagement with STEM, and KGSC will continue to work to drive that growth in Kentucky.

 

An avid reader, Kim and her family enjoy participating in historical re-enactments of 1750s Colonial America. By day, Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky

You can reach Kim at:
Kimberly Haverkos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education Department
Thomas More College
333 Thomas More Parkway | Crestview Hills, KY 41017
kimberly.haverkos@thomasmore.edu

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