Here is our team! As we grow and expand our possibilities so will our staff!
Aaron Maurer is currently serving as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. Prior to this he served as an Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle School. He has been in education for over a decade teaching sixth grade social studies, literature and computer as well as spending many years teaching gifted education in grades 4-8 before taking on the new role of instructional coach. Aaron is a member of the Lego Education Advisory Panel, PBS Digital Innovator, PITSCO Tag Committee, Makey Makey Ambassador, Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert, and was a finalist for the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2014. He is an avid fan of STEM, Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. In his free time he loves to spend time with his three kids, Aiden, Addyson, and Ava, their new bulldog Frankie May, and acting like the fourth child to his wife Amanda. Last, he is an avid coffee consumer frequently spotted wearing bow ties searching for the that perfect cup of joe. You can find all of his work on his website www.coffeeforthebrain.com.
The Education Game Changers
212 STEAM Labs, Inc.
Diane Whiteman has degrees in Elementary Education and Foods & Nutrition. She has taught children as well as adults in a variety of settings including public schools, pre-schools, hospitals, and clinics. For the last ten years she was a teacher at Redeemer Preschool in Bettendorf, Iowa. She is a mother of three children who all graduated from Bettendorf High School.
Diane has a passion for teaching. She is excited to have the opportunity to present STEAM related lessons to young children in an effort to help them better understand the world around them and spark an interest in studying these topics important to our future.
Rachel Squires graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2004. She went on to work in the aerospace industry for five years focusing on design and analysis, first working for Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona, and then for Carleton Life Support Systems in Davenport, Iowa. The last ten years have been spent raising her three children, twin boys entering the 4th grade and a girl in preschool.
Rachel brings a technical engineering background and decade's worth of experience working with young children together to present STEAM concepts in a kid friendly and engaging way.
Bettendorf native David Balluff is an artist, designer, and silkscreen printer. He has previously worked in museum education at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and taught at a kids' art and technology museum in California. He holds his MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electronic Art.