Regina's first-ever STEM Director - Rosemary Michels '04

Rosemary Michels ’04, who has been teaching Biology and Health classes at Regina High School since 2010 is bringing her knowledge to a new role as our first-ever STEM Director.

STEM, which is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, is a method of teaching and learning that provides students with the skills they need to be the most productive in college and their careers.  It’s a collaborative, interdisciplinary, authentic, hands-on approach where students lead the learning for real world applications. 

Mrs. Michels is eager to develop and shape this new role for Regina High School and bring STEM to all departments. “I am excited to collaborate with our faculty and staff and implement STEM across the curriculum. Our faculty is incredibly focused on student success and preparing our students with the problem solving skills they will need throughout high school and beyond.”

She goes on to say, “A major goal that we have is for Regina to become a STEM certified school, a process that will likely take 3-5 years.”

“We are preparing our students for future careers that may not even exist right now,” says Principal Diamond. “We are focusing on supplementing content with the skills that are needed in any career, especially skills like problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and the ability to collaborate on projects.”

Under Mrs. Michels, Regina High School is adopting two new programs that will provide unique and tangible experiences for our students.  Both programs will take place during the Advisory Period, 1-2 days a week.  

The first is PatentDive, a program that engages students with real-world problems and challenges them to invent solutions.  Through PatentDive, students will utilize their software to design and build prosthetic hands, with an opportunity to patent their work upon completion.  You can find out more about PatentDive here: https://www.patentdive.com/educator/ 

The second program that students can participate in is GET IT, which stands for Girls Exploring Together Information Technology.  This program will be sponsored by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, specifically by Flagstar Bank, one of their business partners.  In addition to learning HTML programming, students will also learn coding and app development.  Students involved in GET IT will explore a growing technological field while enhancing their math and science skills.  You can find out more about GET IT here:  https://mcwt.org/programs/list/K-12-Initiatives/GET-IT-PROGRAM

If students are interested in engineering, design, technology, or are unsure what they want to do, these programs will provide excellent exposure to exciting career opportunities for them.

Rosemary Wagner Michels graduated from Regina in 2004. She attended Central Michigan University and received her Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Biology and a minor in School Health and Leadership. She went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Teacher Leadership also from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Michels has been teaching at Regina for 9 years, serving as the Science Department Head and Senior Moderator. Additionally, she has been a member of several school improvement committees such as National Honor Society Review Board, Teens, INC, and the Student Experience portion of the Regina Strategic Initiative. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Michels was an assistant coach to Ms. Laffey for varsity basketball and softball. In 2015, she helped lead the Regina softball team to their 6th State Championship.

In the spring of 2019, at the Detroit Catholic High School's 44th Annual Teacher Recognition Dinner, Rosemary Michels was named Regina High School's Teacher of the Year and was also the recipient of the Bishop John M. Quinn "Teacher of the Year" Award, which is given to only one secondary Catholic high school teacher each year. 

She credits Regina High School for much of her success. “Regina provided me with the necessary skills to be successful in college and the working world. In addition to learning discipline and hard work in academics, Regina helped me to develop communication skills and the confidence to be a leader. Regina prepared me for real world situations and taught me to be accepting of others, despite their differences. I love that I get to play a role in instilling these characteristics in our students today."

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Michels at at rmichels@reginahs.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @ReginaHighSTEM