Mansfield school lands former NASA engineer for new STEM program

MANSFIELD, OH (WCMH) — A local Christian school landed a gold-mine of knowledge with one new teacher. Starting on Tuesday STEM will be taught at Mansfield Christian School by an engineer with 30 years of business experience.

A high-tech approach for kindergarten through 12th grade is being introduced by a new teacher who worked many jobs including NASA.

“This is where I want to bring my talents to help the students here, because they have done so much for me and my family,” said Brian Miller, new STEM teacher. Miller holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, with a background in web development, networking and database programming.

Miller gave the example of when his daughter had a kidney transplant more than three years ago.

“It was the kindergarten teacher here Wendy Killen that gave her a kidney,” said Miller.

The former vice president of research and development for a Cincinnati-based company will now face a classroom full of children.

“So this classroom is a little intimidating, but at the end of the day engineering is about learning and solving problems,” Miller said.

Superintendent of Mansfield Christian Schools Dr. Cy Smith said the addition of Miller made the idea of STEM a reality.

“Honestly that particular day the idea with birthed and we have been developing it every sense,” said Smith.

Parents said they are just as ecstatic as the school about landing Miller.

“I certainly think it is going to have a long-term impact on them as they think about what they want to do for the rest of their life. And I think about why not learn it right now and have the opportunity to gain some skills, even at a young age,” said Mandy Wushinske, mother of 5th and 3rd grader students.

During parent orientation both Superintendent Smith and Brian Miller will explain more about the new STEM program and what it means for students.

Smith said they hope to expand the program through three phases. Adding new teachers and courses. Adding new technology equipment and space. And effective classroom integration, modifying the curriculum and assessing resources and needs.

The school had 545 students Pre-K through 12 in 2015.

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