Whitney Henion speaks to Liberty MS students

Posted: January 23, 2018

This week’s HOPE/JOY comes courtesy of Lisa Greseth – thanks Lisa for sharing this great story! Happy Monday everyone!


Bright Futures

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, “44.3 percent of full-time wage and salary workers were women.” Women continue to be under-represented in STEM careers, particularly in computer and math occupations, where women represent 25% of the full-time workforce, and in architecture and engineering occupations, where 14% of the full-time workers were women. The World Economic Forum cites the following statistic: women earn only 35% of the undergraduate degrees in STEM.

What to do? Start early and provide role models! And that is just what Sarah Kankelberg at Liberty Middle School is doing. Ms. Kankelberg started a Liberty Girls in STEM group in October. Each month, she schedules a woman who is working in a STEM career to come in and share their passion and their path. Thus far, Liberty girls have been able to hear from a botanist, a program manager from Intel, and an architect.

Last Thursday, Whitney Henion shared her path to an architect’s career. After spending some time in an architecture office when she was in third grade, she was sold! She told the girls about her path through middle school, high school, and college. Twenty five girls were in the audience and when Ms. Henion finished her presentation, the questions began to roll – “So, you can design zoos as an architect?” “What do you look for when you design schools?” “What was your favorite project?” And then another question or two about zoos!

In the next few months, Liberty Girls in STEM will get to hear from an optometrist, a veterinarian, and from our very own Girls Who Code Club at CHS.

Hope is necessary for imagining any sort of future – thank you to Ms. Kankelberg for expanding those possible futures for Liberty girls!

JOY and HOPE are intimately connected and are powerful gifts we can give our students, perhaps the most powerful! One of the very best parts of being involved in public education is the JOY and HOPE students give us each and every day! The past few years we’ve featured stories that highlight the HOPE and JOY in our district. Let me know if you have any story suggestions. Thanks for helping us share the HOPE & JOY each week!