STEM Coordinator, NC Center for Afterschool Programs
Meg Sauer views STEM education as the catalyst to develop children’s curiosity into exciting careers. As STEM Coordinator, Meg works with the NC CAP Director and key partners to design and coordinate programs to both demystify and ignite passion for science in all students. In addition to helping with the Synergy Conference, Meg develops curricula and resources for afterschool and summer programs to reach students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields – particularly girls and student of color.
Prior to joining the Public School Forum, Meg was a secondary science teacher who taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, Earth and Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, Honors Human Anatomy, and Forensic Science. Meg is equally comfortable teaching outdoors as the former Naturalist for Eno River State Park and a veteran summer camp instructor for the Museum of Life and Science. Prior to education, Meg managed nonprofits and worked in natural resource management. Meg earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and holds a graduate certificate in Middle School Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Meg is licensed as a NC Professional Educator for Secondary Science (6 – 12) and Middle School Social Studies (6-9). She was the 2016 North Carolina Conservation Educator of the Year.