STEM Education - Mr. Knaus

Welcome to STEM Education at Burroughs!! 

This is the first year that Burroughs has had a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Specialist, and I am very excited to be the teacher in this program. I  teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders once a week in the regular specialist rotation with Phy Ed, Art, Music, and Media/Library. 

As some of you know, I'm new to STEM Education but not new to Burroughs. I have taught kindergarten, first, and second grades here (but not at the same time) in the past 10 years. I was on sabbatical last year, during which I finished the coursework for a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. It was a very rewarding year, and I enjoyed being a full-time student again. I am very excited to be back at Burroughs and ready for a new challenge.

A little bit about me: I live near Burroughs with my wife and our two children. Both of our children have been students here at Burroughs, and our daughter is an 8th grader at Justice Page Middle School.  Our son is now a 11th grader at Washburn High School.  When I'm not at school or hanging out with my family, I like to run, play soccer, play with our 6 chickens and our dog, and try to make my guitar sound like something approaching music.

Professionally, I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. After working for a couple of years as a social worker, I returned to graduate school at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul for my Master's degree and Teaching Credentials. I have been teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools since 1996 (with a five year break, during which I taught in the Education Department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University). In fact, I've pretty much been in the Minneapolis Public Schools since I was five years old - I grew up on the north side of Minneapolis.

The best way to contact me is via email at Feel free to stop in and visit the classroom - we're in room 107, which is just off the Atrium, in the hallway that leads to Morgan Avenue.