Darren Michaels

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                                               My Bio and Background


Hello! I am the Project Lead The Way/STEM teacher at Moultrie Middle School. It was an honor being named Moultrie Middle School's Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year! Being nominated by my fellow co-workers is humbling and I will strive to represent both our staff and school well in my tenure at this great school.

I was born and raised in Nanticoke, PA, a small coal-mining town just outside of the beautiful Poconos Mountains.  
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from St. Mary's College (MD) and earned my Masters Degree in Leadership in Teaching from Notre Dame University (MD).

I have two children ages 26 and 17. My son attended Moultrie and he is already in his Senior year of high school, while my daughter graduated with a double major from Coastal Carolina University and her goal is to share her love of animals by becoming a dolphin trainer. In my spare time, I enjoy all things outdoors like swimming, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and shooting skeet and archery. Simply put, living the "beach way of life" sustains me and energizes me daily and I love living in the Lowcountry!

This is my 18th year in the classroom. I started my teaching career in Maryland, having taught 4 years of Biology at the high school level, then teaching 11 years at the middle school level by teaching life, physical, and earth sciences.  I taught 8th-grade science here at Moultrie for two years before turning my attention to our STEM program.  

I currently teach the "Gateway To Technology" (GTT) middle school coursesCourse in our Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum. Students in my 6th-grade classes are introduced to STEM/Civil Engineering where we learn about the engineering design process, measurement, civil engineering, and bridge design and construction. Students in my 7th-grade classes continue to learn about the engineering design process in our Design and Modeling class where they learn concepts and application of mechanical engineering, mechanical drawing, design, and 3D modeling software application using Autodesk Inventor. My 8th-graders have the opportunity to learn 2 of our core classes in one semester of study. In the first 9-weeks, students take our Automation and Robotics class where they learn about the rise of robotics in our society, design concepts, gears, gear (speed) ratios, and mechanisms, and finally, they put this knowledge into practice as they have various design challenges as they have to build various structures using their prior knowledge about mechanisms.  Students in this class, build using the VEX robotic hardware.  In the second 9-weeks, students are introduced to our Medical Detectives course. In Medical Detectives, students become CSI's as they learn more about body systems, diseases, outbreaks, blood splatter analysis, DNA analysis, the human brain (brain dissection), autopsy, and crime scene techniques used by CSI's in the field.


Learning all things "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) is my passion and I want to pass on this desire of learning to all of my students. I believe that STEM and PLTW classes should be taught with a "hands-on" approach by giving ALL students the opportunity to learn and find success while having fun doing so, and our PLTW courses will allow me to share this style of learning with my students.  

I am looking forward to a fantastic quarter or semester with your young scholar and please don't hesitate to contact me with any concerns or issues that may arise this year. Please feel free to join our classroom as we learn about engineering and biotechnology this year!


 


Contact Information

email: darren_michaels@charleston.k12.sc.us
phone: 843.849.2819 ext 25357
Room: E205


Courses Taught

2014-Present


  STEM
 - 6th Grade

 
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)/ Gateway to Technology (GTT)
     
     
- Design & Modeling (
7th Grade)
     - Design & Modeling & Automation and Robotics (8th
Grade)
     - Medical Detectives (8th Grade) 


2012-2014


   General and Honors Science (8th Grade)


Archery Club Arrows
I am the club sponsor and instructor for the
 National Archery In the Schools Program (NASP) and I will be starting an Archery Club in the spring that will meet one day a week after school.