Jacquie Otmanski is a Learning Center Instructor for Argonne Educational Programs, and she prepares and facilitates key student programs at the Learning Center such as summer camps and Learning Labs. She helps create immersive youth experiences such as the All About Energy pre-internship program, which expose students firsthand to STEM topics as well as connect students to professionals. In addition, she develops at-home STEM activities for students, which are published in Education’s seasonal newsletter. Jacquie is passionate about mentoring diverse youth throughout their academic journeys, so that they can grow on academic and personal levels, develop critical STEM skills, and realize and strengthen their STEM identities.
Over the course of her academic studies, Jacquie shifted toward merging business with engineering, covering a wide range of agricultural and environmental sciences, and she graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Technical Systems Management. She also recently completed her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University of Chicago. Due to a strong desire to teach, she taught 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade science as a Teach for America Core member before joining Argonne. Prior to her current position, Jacquie was part of Education’s Outreach Team, where she developed and coordinated outreach initiatives and competitions for students, schools, and scientists/engineers as an Outreach Instructor.
Jacquie is a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Otmanski, J. and Dietzel, J. 24 October 2018. Middle School Competitors Wanted for Free Competition! 9th Annual STEM Summit Building Capacity and Partnerships for STEM Education, Evanston, IL.