Whitney Young Magnet High School
Ann Kuenster strives to motivate and challenge young scholars as a STEM educator at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Illinois. In her STEM classroom, she highlights the importance and interconnectivity of what the scholars are learning to the way the world works. Ms. Kuenster has taught classes on instrumentation, control theory, biomechanics, and human anatomy to undergraduates at SIU and U of I where she made the list of teachers ranked as excellent eight years in a row. She has taught Physics, Honors Physics, Engineering & Design, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, The Science of Light and Sound, Global Environment, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 / Trigonometry, Statistics, Computer Science, and Web Design at the Proviso Math and Science Academy, Riverside-Brookfield High School, Taft High School, Trinity High School, and Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep where she played a critical role in aligning the science curriculum to NGSS and Common Core Standards. Ms. Kuenster is a published researcher that has presented her findings at various conferences. She has completed research in the areas of biomedical engineering (gait analysis), biomechanics (kinematic analyses of sports), biophysics (genetic sequencing and pathologies of MD), and bioengineering (human auditory project). She has been published in several scientific journals including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Ms. Kuenster earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University, and a teaching certificate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ann Kuenster values and endeavors to design curriculum and educational experiences that make science, technology, engineering, and math relevant and accessible to a wide range of scholars with diverse abilities and skill sets.