Ann Kaiser is an educational consultant dedicated to the inclusion of engineering design in K–12 classrooms. She has more than 30 years of experience as an engineer and educator.
Ann’s experience in product and market development in the metals industry led her to value creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills as much as technical knowledge. As an educator, she worked extensively to include more inquiry and project-based learning in mathematics and physics classes. In 2010, she designed and implemented a successful engineering design elective course that has since been adopted by numerous schools, introducing students to the potential of engineering as both a problem-solving process and a potential career path.
Following her award-winning teaching career, Ann has spent the past five years providing professional development and curriculum support to schools and educators interested in using engineering design thinking and practices to frame active, project-based learning. She has also presented at numerous national and international conferences, in addition to her ongoing workshop commitments.
In 2013, Ann was awarded as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher and spent six months in Singapore researching engineering design performance tasks and projects in secondary physics. In 2014, she was named a Top Overseas Teacher by the Academy of Singapore Teachers, Ministry of Education.
Ann earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering and her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia, where she was named an International Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs.