Welcome to e² Young Engineers of Puget Sound and Tacoma!
Our preschool program is here! And we are incredibly excited!
We can’t wait to offer our Big Builders program to students in Pre-K through Kindergarten. The program is tentatively scheduled to start April 12, with class choices being Monday evenings, Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings. Students will learn about science and math while building with Ki’Nex designed for this age group. Call (360) 763-9963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Classes now enrolling.
Call to enroll today! Ensure a spot in our classes and give your child the opportunity to learn about physical science, math and engineering while having fun building with Legos or Ki’Nex.
Why we do this
The education system as it exists doesn’t reach every student the way it needs to. As our society has changed, educational needs of the students have changed, as well. While the school districts are doing their best to keep up with technology and the quickly growing need for STEM education, they are limited by politics, funding and the ongoing arguments about how to change education. Students can’t wait for their schools to catch up to society. At the Puget Sound centers of e² Young Engineers, we are dedicated to providing students of all ages an opportunity to be involved in STEM education, and find excitement in the possibilities with the hands on approach we offer. Not only do they get to build mechanical models- they are encouraged to be creative problem solvers and make improvements. In real life there is not always just one correct answer. This is true with the Puget Sound e² Young Engineers programs, as well.
Jenn Chevalier, Director
Owning an e² Young Engineers franchise has allowed Jennifer to pursue her love of STEM that started as she pursued her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary/Math and Reading Education from Eastern Washington University and earned her secondary endorsement in mathematics from Seattle University. Before pursuing a public school teaching career, Jennifer taught at preschool and college. After earning her Master’s in Teaching degree from the Evergreen State College, she began teaching in secondary schools. Because of this, Jennifer is well aware of the need for STEM education. While in college, Jennifer worked as a math and reading tutor. She has taught for the Tumwater and Shelton school districts, as well as at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen. Outside of Mathnasium, Jennifer has two children- one still at home in school and the other grown. Her youngest keeps her very busy with school, activities, and sports. She is also active in the community, sitting on several boards, including the Professional Education Advisory Board for Saint Martin’s College and at The Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club.
Rebecca Tong, Instructor
Rebecca is a recent from graduate from Saint Martin’s University earning degrees in Mathematics and Biology as a pre-med student. She also graduated from South Puget Sound CommunityRebecca College with an Associates of Arts degree. She is currently a volunteer with Americorps during the day, working at schools to promote literacy. Rebecca loves being able to share her love for STEM and enjoys showing the kids how exciting it can be! In addition to being an instructor at e² Young Engineers, Rebecca is an instructor for Mathnasium, and works at a clinic under a physician where she gets to explore her passion for medicine. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys reading comics, spending time with her friends, and studying.
Kaila Weiks, Instructor
Kaila is a graduate of Evergreen State College. She is pursuing a degree in Mathematics Education, as she enjoys working with kids and helping them find the joy in math. In addition to working at e² Young Engineers, she is also an instructor for Mathnasium, and a Para educator at Black Hills High School. In her free time, Kaila likes going to movies and adventuring in the outdoors.
Sam Meek, Instructor
Sam is a recent graduate of Saint Martin’s University, earning a degree in Mathematics and Biology. In addition to working for e² Young Engineers, Sam is also an instructor at Mathnasium of Olympia. Sam enjoys helping students of all ages learn how fun and exciting STEM can be. Outside of work Sam likes to read, swim, knit, cook, spend time with her family and pets, and sleep.
Riley Branon, Instructor