Starpoint High School
Kelly Schurr earned a BS degree in Architecture from the University at Buffalo in 2005. She received her teaching certificate and MS degree in Technology Education from Buffalo State College in 2006 and 2008 respectively. In 2013, she completed a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech where she also received the Outstanding Student in Integrative STEM Education Award in 2010. Kelly has been teaching at Starpoint Central School District for eight years. She is currently teaching courses on STEM: Earth Science, STEM: Biology, STEM: Chemistry, and Robotics. Her goal and focus has been on building an integrative STEM education program that challenges students to design solutions to everyday problems by applying their understanding of concepts from across disciplines. Thanks to collaborations with her talented colleagues, four courses have been implemented (STEM: Physics, STEM: Chemistry, STEM: Biology, and STEM: Earth Science). She intends to add the fifth and final STEM course focused on Geometry next year. At Starpoint she is the co-advisor for the Class of 2019, an assistant varsity softball coach, and is on the School-Based Intervention Team. Her honors include a Graduate Research Award from Epsilon Pi Tau and she was a member of the 2011-2012 cohort of the FTEE, ITEEA, and CTETE Twenty-First Century Leadership Academy. As a new Master Teacher she is looking forward to learning from and collaborating with all of the exceptional educators in the program.