When her school district adopted STEMscopes Science in 2016, Alicia Chiasson knew there was something special about it. A 6th-grade math and science teacher with 27 years of experience, Chiasson loved how each scope (lesson) is rooted in inquiry. She was so happy with the results in her classroom that she decided to join the STEMscopes team as a curriculum writer in January 2018.
Chiasson hit the ground running, helping STEMscopes develop its very first math curriculum. One of her big responsibilities was ensuring that all math scopes for grades 3-5 satisfied Texas’ state standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). From there she moved on to write the 3-5 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) scopes and serve on the CCSS advisory board. Lately, she’s been working on K-2 CCSS scopes.
Today’s educators know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Every class is different, and every student has different learning needs. STEMscopes was created with this understanding, and it’s one of the things Chiasson loves about it. “The STEMscopes products are comprehensive, inquiry-based, and engaging, and they offer a variety of differentiated forms of instruction that target all types of learners,” she says. “I am proud to be part of such a wonderful team of developers and writers.”
An enthusiast of dancing, yoga, and long walks through the woods, Chiasson has plenty of hobbies to keep her busy when she’s not teaching or writing curriculum. She lives in Newbury, Massachusetts with her husband, Scott (a high school English teacher), and 17-year-old son, Atticus.