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  • The mission of the Poston Butte High School STEM Academy program is to offer a comprehensive and rigorous academic program of study that prepares graduates for college and career. The project-based, interdisciplinary course of study supports student academic achievement by giving them tools and experiences that challenge and inspire their passion for science, technology, engineering and math. Students will leave the STEM program with all the necessary skills to be successful at the most competitive universities and technology companies.

    Kayla Kully, STEM coordinator | 480-474-6100 ext. 7028


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  • I spent eight and a half years in law enforcement in Illinois. The first year was as a dispatcher and the last seven and a half were as a police officer and homicide detective. I served on a homicide task force for three years and was an active evidence technician for 6 years. I am certified in tactical medical applications and was an active shooter scenario-based trainer for 3 years. I won shift officer of the year in 2011 and 2014. During my last year in law enforcement, I was working to get my master’s in education from the University of Phoenix online and then moved to Arizona at the end of 2014 and began my student teaching at Poston Butte High School, where I have been ever since. I have been teaching the Biotechnology track since the inception of the program and have been the Coordinator since 2017. We have produced many successful students that have gone on to work in labs and get published in their undergraduate education.

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    2005 Carthage College B.A.
    2007 Suburban Law Enforcement Academy College of DuPage
    2008 Illinois State Certification as a Firearms Instructor
    2009 Illinois State Certification as an Evidence Technician
    2010 Illinois State Certification as a Juvenile Officer
    2011 Illinois State Certification as a Homicide Detective
    2015 University of Phoenix Master’s Graduate in Education