Alexis A. Soffler, MAT, PhD
Dr. Soffler has a background in science education and educational leadership. She has a BS in Environmental and Forest Biology, a Masters of Arts in Teaching (Science) and a PhD in Educational Leadership, Renewal and Change. She is a certified teacher in early childhood and elementary education with additional endorsements in Secondary Science Education (7-12), Gifted and Talented Education, and Reading Teacher and has classroom teaching experience at all levels. Her dissertation research was on creating a grounded theory in response to kindergarten children's leadership in learning groups. Her role in the Shepardson STEM Model and related writings was to provide the theoretical and pedagogical foundations, align them with the larger STEM initiatives and present them in a visual representation of their relationship.
Her role in the Shepardson STEM Model and related writings was to provide administrative expertise in aligning the model with practical objectives and demands of schools, expand the model to address practical integration as well as areas beyond core academics, and to describe bringing the model from the conceptual to practical use.
Both worked together on writing, exchanging ideas, contributing experiences, supporting teachers in professional development, etc. and the Model is a result of their shared and complimentary areas of expertise and interests.