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2018 Peacocktail Party


Lifelong STEM Learning

with Dr. Andy Shouse from Washington STEM

STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, and math) does not start in middle or high school. As early as preschool, we can begin building a foundation that fosters a problem solving mindset. How do we as parents and educators create developmentally appropriate lessons and opportunities to foster creativity, innovation, curiosity, and lifelong learning at every age?

Washington STEM believes that through a high-quality STEM education, Washington students will become the leaders, critical thinkers, and creators that will tackle the biggest challenges facing our state, nation, and the world.

Join the discussion on

Friday, October 5, 2018
6 pm – 9 pm
at Rolling Bay Hall, Bainbridge Island, WA

Tickets are available for purchase online here, or at our office, at 305 Madison Ave N, Ste C.

This is a 21+ only event.

At our 4th annual Peacocktail Party, Peacock Family Services will once again bring together a community of voices in support of developmental strategies for working with children of all ages. We will gather for an hour of cocktails and conversations before transitioning into the auditorium for a chance to discuss important topics in education.

With an introduction from Senator Christine Rolfes


Christine is the state senator from the 23rd Legislative District, which includes not just Bainbridge Island but also the Kitsap County communities of Hansville, Poulsbo, Silverdale, and East Bremerton. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2006, and joined the Senate in 2011. Last year Christine was chosen by her colleagues to Chair the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and she also serves as the vice-chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. She has been a leading advocate in the legislature for public school funding, early learning and expanded childcare programs, expanded mental health treatment, military families, and sustaining the state’s ferry system operations.

Before her election to the House, Christine served two terms on the Bainbridge Island City Council.

Christine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Christine lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband Leonard, where they raised their daughters, now ages 17 and 19. See complete bio.


Leading the discussion will be Dr. Andy Shouse of Washington STEM.

Andy ShouseDr. Andy Shouse currently serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Program Officer, leading the organization’s efforts to develop and support innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning experiences for all Washington students through close partnership with educators and industry and community partners.

A former elementary and middle grades teacher, science center administrator, and STEM education researcher, Andy brings a wealth of experience to Washington STEM. Andy joined the organization from the University of Washington’s College of Education faculty where he led a range of STEM education research and development efforts, including the design of curriculum, professional development systems, and partnerships with schools and informal learning organizations – all focused on equitable learning outcomes. Prior to his appointment at UW, Andy was Senior Program Officer at the Board on Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. There Andy directed consensus studies to define best practices in STEM education and to inform federal STEM research and development investments.

Andy was director of two National Research Council consensus studies on science learning.  These resulted in the reports Taking Science to School: Teaching and Learning Science K-8 & Learning Science in Informal Settings: People, Places & PursuitsHe co-authored Ready, Set, Science!  which interprets the research base for educators and is communicated largely through case studies. In addition, and rounding his focus on all ages of learning, Andy trained at HighScope Educational Research Foundation, an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan. HighScope’s focus is on early childhood education and the professional development of those that are in the field.

Andy holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University’s program in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and two children with whom he loves to camp, make messes in the workshop, swim in lakes, and ride motorcycles.

Serving during the evening will be Wanderlust NW Catering.

Locally-sourced ingredients. Highest-quality cuisine. Prepared with care.

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Help us thank the following event sponsors for

supporting the families and educators in our community.


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For information on the event and sponsorship opportunities,
contact Kathy Haskin, Executive Director of Peacock Family Services
Visit the 2017 Peacocktail Party at A Community of Support for Early Learning.

What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child,
that must the community want for all its children.” John Dewey