Welcome to STEM Education @ Burroughs!

This is the first year that Burroughs has had a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Specialist, and I am very excited to be the teacher in this program. I teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders once a week, in the regular specialist rotation with Phy Ed, Art, Music, and Media/Library.

As some of you know, I'm new to STEM Education but not new to Burroughs. I have taught kindergarten, first, and second grades here (but not at the same time) for the past 10 years. I was on sabbatical last year, during which I finished the coursework for a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. It was a very rewarding year, and I enjoyed being a full-time student again. I am very excited to be back at Burroughs this year!

A little bit about me: I live near Burroughs with my wife and our two children. Both of our children have been students here at Burroughs - our daughter is an 8th grader at Justice Page Middle School, and our son is now a 11th grader at Washburn High School. When I'm not at school or hanging out with my family, I like to run, play soccer, play with our 6 chickens and our dog, and try to make my guitar sound like something approaching music.

Professionally, I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. After working for a couple of years as a social worker, I returned to graduate school at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul for my Master's degree and Teaching Credentials. I have been teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools since 1996 (with a five year break, during which I taught in the Education Department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University). In fact, I've pretty much been in the Minneapolis Public Schools since I was five years old - I grew up on the north side of Minneapolis.

The best way to contact me is via email at jake.knaus@mpls.k12.mn.us. Feel free to stop and visit the classroom - we're in room 107, which is just off the Atrium, in the hallway that leads to Morgan Avenue.