Kathleen Gandin began her career in education 30 years ago as a Mathematics teacher. She was one of the first math teachers in CCISD to implement cross-curricular lessons incorporating science, history, art and writing into her mathematics lessons. Based on this work, Kathleen was recognized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an Excellence in Leadership award. She was instrumental in developing the Independent Study Mentorship Program in CCISD, creating partnerships with dozens of STEM businesses. Kathleen is now the College & Career Specialist at Clear Springs High School working to support STEM education across the district at the secondary level.