Principal's Welcome

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the King Science and Technology Magnet Staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. This year is an exciting year full of change and growth. If you are new to KSTM, our motto is “DREAM BIG and REACH FOR THE STARS”. This motto was inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who once said, "The size of your dreams should always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough." Year after year, this quote continues to challenge us to go “all in” for a dream or a cause without excuses, to not be limited by our current circumstances. That has been our unwavering charge.

This year, our motto hasn’t changed. We, as a staff, will continue to DREAM BIG and REACH FOR THE STARS by continuing to expect academic success from all of our students. This year, we added an additional 150students to our enrollment. To accommodate for this increase, we have created two teams in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. This will provide students at each grade level with a common group of teachers to support them academically, socially and emotionally.

We are also launching the Health Career Academy this year. This academy will provide our students with the opportunity to explore the different facets of health careers. All KSTM 7th graders will have the opportunity to participate in the program and receive CPR and First aid training. They will also have the opportunity to apply for an extended year of health training by applying to be a part of the 8th grade Health Career Cohort. This 8th grade cohort will have hands-on classroom and site experiences at UNMC and Creighton during their 8th grade year. This program is a unique to KSTM.  Establishing this program alongside the Zoo Career Academy will catapult KSTM to the forefront of middle school science education. This is a direct result of our effort, as a staff, to challenge the status quo and to pursue the most effective strategies for our students.

DREAMING big and REACHING for the stars applies to other areas of the school as well. It has become evident that as we have continued to grow and change over that last two years, our relationships inside and outside of the classrooms need to be strengthened. Growth and change is inevitable. However, as we grow, we want to be a school where every student feels like they belong. We want every family to feel involved. We want every staff member to feel valued, appreciated and supported. We want to be a family! That will be an integral focus for us this year. You have our commitment to work together students, staff, parents and community partners. Together, we will be successful!  Together, we can DREAM BIG and achieve enormous growth for our students, for ourselves and for our community.

There is no doubt that this year is going to be a successful year. All of the Wildcat Educators are extremely excited. We are compelled towards greatness and are hopeful for the future. After all, “WE ARE WILDCATS! WE PERSISTENTLY DREAM BIG!” Every Student. Every Educator. Every Day.

Sincerely,

 

Maria Buckner

Principal

King Science & Technology Magnet Center

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Assistant Principal/Data Processor - Amy Williams

I have been with the Omaha Public Schools for 16 years, and I am overjoyed to be at KSTM this year. I am the administrator for 7th and 8th graders, and I will work with all students on schedules, grades, and other supports. Please let me know how I can help.

Dean of Students - Laura Elworth

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!! This is my 18th year working at King Science and Technology Magnet Center. This year I will be working with 7th and 8th Grade Students. I hope everyone has a great school year and takes advantage of all the awesome things going on at KSTM.

 

 

Educational Background: 

B.S. Elementary Education - University of Nebraska at Omaha
M.S. Educational Administration and Supervision - University of Nebraska at Omaha

Educational Experience:
5th Grade Social Studies - King Science and Technology Magnet

Dean of Students - King Science and Technology Magnet

Dean of Students - Elizabeth Anderson

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I am so excited to be starting my 2nd year at King Science.  I will be the Dean of Students for 5th and 6th graders this year.  Before becoming a dean, I taught 8th grade math; I still enjoy helping students with their math when I can!  I look forward to working with students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone has a positive, productive, and successful year!

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in the Secondary Teaching of Mathematics (7-12) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Educational Experience:

  • King Science and Technology Magnet (January 2017-Present) – Dean of Students
  • King Science and Technology Magnet (2016-2017) – 8th grade math teacher
  • RM Marrs Magnet Center (2011-2016) – 8th grade math teacher
  • Nathan Hale Magnet (Spring 2011) – 8th grade math student teacher

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director - Justin Hayes

This is my 2nd year working at King Science and Technology Magnet Middle School. This year I will be working with 5th & 6th Grade Students as the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director. I have twin daughters and have spent the better part of the past decade working in education and coaching numerous sports. I love football and staying active with my family. I look forward to getting to know all the students and their families at King Science Magnet Center. I look forward to serving our community and becoming an active member of the KSTM community. #Wildcatnation Go Wildcats!

 
Educational Background:

B.A. Special Education, History Education, Coaching – York College; York, Ne (2006)
M.S. Educational Administration and Supervision - University of Nebraska at Omaha (2010)
E.d.S Educational Leadership – University of Nebraska at Kearney (anticipated graduation spring 2018)
 
Education Experience:

King Science & Technology Magnet (2016- Present) - Omaha Public Schools
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
King Science & Technology Magnet (2016- 2017) - Omaha Public Schools
Interim Assistant Principal/Athletic Director/School Support Liaison
Educational Service Unit 8 (2014- 2016)
Principal/Behavior Consultant
CHAP Center (2012- 2014) - Bellevue Public Schools
Special Education Teacher
Thomas Jefferson High School (2007-2012) – Council Bluffs Community School
Special Education Teacher                                                                                                    
Blackburn Alternative High School (2007) – Omaha Public Schools
Special Education Teacher

Administration

NamePositionEmailExtension
Mrs. BucknerPrincipal 531-299-9060
Dr. Williams Assistant Principal/Data Processor 531-299-9752
Mr. HayesAssistant Principal/Athletic Director 531-299-8576
Ms. ElworthDean of Students (7th & 8th) 531-299-9031
Mrs. AndersonDean of Student (5th & 6th) 531-299-8805