Dr. Trudy Giasi has been named the next Principal of Valle Catholic Grade School.
She has spent the last five years as a Professor of STEM Education at Southeast Missouri State University in both the Department of Elementary, Early Childhood and Special Education, and the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education. She has designed and facilitated undergraduate and graduate-level education courses and serves the university, community, and beyond through participation in various educational committees and organizations. In addition, she conducts educational research and presents on topics related to STEM/STEAM education, educational technology, program sustainability and leadership, and professional development.
Giasi has served in various educational and leadership roles, beginning her career as a middle school science teacher in Columbus City Schools in Ohio. She was then recruited to the district level serving as a leader of curriculum design/implementation and professional development. Throughout her career, she has been involved with program, curriculum, standards, assessment, and partnership development at the school, district, state, and national levels. She has collaborated with several school districts throughout the country as well as state-level education departments to develop cohesive and integrated STEM programming.
She is nationally-recognized as a leader of STEM curriculum (STEM is a wholistic educational approach that utilizes the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to create hands-on and interactive lessons with real-world application).
Giasi’s existing connection to the community through Vincentian Marian Youth should be an asset in her role as a Faith leader in the grade school.
She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Southeast Missouri State University Marching Band Color Guard and has choreographed for various award-winning color guard/winter guard groups and theatrical productions in Missouri and Ohio.
See full story in the May 24 Herald.