The Grade 5-6 STEM Team
For Grades 5-6, the STEM program is led by Kirsten Matsumoto (Science), Topher Mueller (Technology), and Tom Schmottlach (Math).
After well over a decade of teaching experience in Elementary classrooms and adult training as an instructional designer and consultant, then web designer and programmer, Topher joined Stevenson School in 2008 as the Laptop Coordinator for the Carmel Campus. He now acts as the Education Technology Director for the campus - enabling the entire school community to use technology with efficiency, innovation, and responsibility, in and out of the classroom.
Topher is particularly interested in expanding the STEM program throughout the curricula at Stevenson, through all grades and in the afterschool and Jr. Camp programs - from robotics to programming, gamemaking, and multimedia tinkering and more. He currently works aside parent Dr. John McEachen to coach the First Lego League Robotics Team.
He also serves locally on the board of Loaves, Fishes & Computers, an organization dedicated to closing the digital divide in Monterey County by refurbishing donated computers (that would otherwise retire as ewaste) and making them available to low-income individuals and families.
Note: For details on technology at Stevenson School, click here for our school website.
2003 Southern Illinois University
M.S. Instructional Design & Technology
1998 Northern Illinois University
B.S. Curriculum & Instruction, PK-8
1995 Waubonsee Community College
A.A.S. Operations Management / Information Systems