2019 Teacher of the Year:
Spencer Kiper is a regional and global STEM education advocate who believes in empowering students through culturally-enriched and industry-based connections. His investment in the Whole Child Approach is bolstered by his background rooted in both liberal arts, technology, and science education. As a STEM enrichment educator, Kiper’s efforts to build a pipeline for STEM and Career/Technical Education have resulted in a STEM Lab that enriches the lives of over one-hundred students each year. Kiper’s reach resonates deep within his community in Northwest Louisiana and extends far outside of his classroom, impacting education on a global scale.
His work as a Professional Development Specialist for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and STEM Revolution has impacted the practice of educators from over thirty different countries. Kiper is passionate about sharing innovative practices, and has presented regional and nationally on topics that build innovative educational technology and STEM education capacities in other educators.
With advanced degrees in educational technology, cyber education, and educational leadership, Kiper works to impact the teacher pipeline in his region by serving as an adjunct professor and school partner to the teacher preparation and alternative certification programs at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. As Louisiana Teacher of the Year, Kiper serves on the Educator Effectiveness Committee on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and is leading a statewide campaign to elevate the efforts and contributions of outstanding Louisiana teachers through the #FindYourDoSomething campaign.
Kiper teaches STEM enrichment to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier City, Louisiana. He holds an Associate’s Degree from Bossier Parish Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in English and Biology Education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from American College of Education, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix.