At the time of the 2003 award, Kelly was a mathematics teacher at O'Fallon Township High School where she developed lessons that actively engaged students in real world applications of math. She created various projects in her geometry classes to connect mathematics to business, architecture, electronics and art. One of Dr. Wamser Remijan's PBL projects entitled the Library VISION project (Vision Involving Student Input On Needs) involved a problem based learning project asking students to design a new library for the City of O'Fallon. Students conducted qualitative research: inspecting/photographing the library, interviewing librarians, architects, and an engineer, and researching other libraries across the nation and world. Students created initial drawings and then modified their plans in Google Sketchup after receiving feedback from architects. After students presented their design proposals, three design plans were selected. With the help of Bond- Wolf Architecture Firm creating blueprints, students constructed scale models, calculated costs, and presented potential interior design features to be incorporated into the final design. Final projects were displayed at a community open house held at the city library. In 2013, Dr. Remijan earned her Phd from Saint Louis University. She has coached softball and volleyball, led as department coordinator and assistant athletic director, traveled to Japan as a teacher ambassador as part of the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, taught mathematics classes and methods courses at McKendree University, led as a grant coordinator for a Math and Science Grant for k-12th grade teachers from 13 counties in Illinois, has mentored teachers across the country through the Toyota TIME program, written various articles such as "STEAMing Up Linear Functions" published in the Jan/Feb 2019 edition of NCTM's Mathematics Teacher Magazine, has presented at various conferences/workshops both locally and nationally, such as at the National NCTM Conference in San Diego in April 2019, and continues to spearhead STEAM initiatives across all levels as a STEM/STEAM advocate. After 23 years in the classroom, Remijan is now a Remote Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), remotely based near St. Louis, Missouri, where she conducts educator outreach throughout Illinois and beyond.
2016 Remijan, K. W. (October 2016). The Zipline Rescue Challenge. STEAMed Magazine. 11-15.
2014 Remijan, K.W. (Summer 2014). Improving Teacher Motivation in Secondary Schools With Hybrid Positions. American Secondary Education Journal. 42 (3), 30-38.
1996 Millikin University, B.S.
Southern Illinois University, M.S.
Saint Louis University, PhD