By the very nature of the profession, elementary teachers must have a broad knowledge of a variety of subjects.  As a result, unlike their counterparts who teach STEM subjects at the high school level, the vast majority of elementary teachers have no specific STEM training or background. 

In addition, opportunities for elementary teachers to enhance their knowledge in the area of early elementary STEM instruction are scarce.

Paige & Paxton professional development fills this critical gap in continuing education for elementary teachers, by providing training in Pre-K through 5th  grade STEM instruction. 

Designed to complement the experience and core competencies of elementary teachers, the series offers a safe and supportive environment for elementary teachers to increase their foundational knowledge of STEM subjects, learn best practices in early elementary STEM education and to learn to apply Paige & Paxton methods and approaches to drive STEM awareness, interest, and knowledge in their classrooms.

Only 1 in 5 elementary teachers feels very well qualified to teach science 

Paige & Paxton professional development strengthens teachers’ confidence and capacity to deliver effective STEM education.

73% of elementary teachers do not feel adequately prepared to teach engineering

“As someone who has led many STEM PD sessions for teachers, this is the kind of mindset and pedagogy that I wish all teachers had. That is what impressed me the most about Paige & Paxton when I started to learn more about the company, its curriculum and approach.”

Over Half    
of teachers increased their confidence in knowledge of STEM concepts  
of teachers increased their confidence in monitoring science experiments
2 out of 3  
teachers increased their overall confidence in teaching STEM
of teachers moved in a positive direction regarding their general beliefs on the impact of teaching on student achievement in STEM
Paige & Paxton Signature STEM Professional Development
Paige & Paxton Custom STEM Professional Development

2013 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education

2016 pre-post test of 40 classroom teachers. Data collection is ongoing. Tool Used: Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument. Measures Two Factors: (1) Personal Science Teaching Efficacy Belief (PSTE) and (2) Science Teaching Outcome Expectancy (STOE).

Why we used this tool: From a teacher’s perspective, feeling confident in his or her ability to teach science successfully in the classroom is a real concern. (Scharmann & Orth Hampton, 1995). Without confidence, based on a healthy personal science teaching self-efficacy belief, teachers are less likely to teach science (Ramey-Gassert & Shroyer, 1992).


Paige & Paxton Pre-K to 5th Grade
 STEM Professional Development

In the mid 1990s, Rachel Williams wanted to ensure that her two young daughters were passionate about and proficient in science and math. To drive interest, she developed two puzzle piece characters to introduce these complicated concepts in a fun and engaging way. 

Fast forward to 2012, Rachel and her daughters—one completing a degree in Biology and the other a rising star in the financial services industry—decided to bring the characters back to life. Since that time, the trio has been on a mission to engage a new generation of little learners in STEM and, at the same time, change the course of a nation.

The Paige & Paxton Story

"I learned a year ago when I began working under Kelley and Rachel    that children are smarter than we make them out to be. I urge everyone to be a part of this up and coming rock star educational model."

Eddie Shilaita, Former Paige & Paxton Intern 
Social Media Strategist, Digital Content Strategist 
Acapella Media LLC

Kristen Perkins, Partnership Coordinator
Office of STEM Education Partnerships
Northwestern University