STEM Academy Coordinator Ms. Kayla Kully

By FUSD And San Tan Times Staff

Originally from the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Carthage College located in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2005. While there she played on the Softball team all four years and played 141 of 142 games at third and first base.

“After college I began applying for police and dispatch jobs. I was hired as a dispatcher for the Lake Zurich Police Department in Illinois where I worked both fire and police dispatch for a year. After this I was hired as a police officer for the Village of Morton Gove in Illinois. I spent seven and a half years there and in that time I was certified in and completed the following: Firearms Instructor, Ballistic Shield Instructor, TASER Instructor, MEGITT Instructor, OC Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Scenario Based Training Instructor, Rifle Armorer, Glock Armorer, Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Tactical Medical Instructor, Sex Crimes Investigation, Breathalyzer Operator, Homicide Investigation, Trained in hidden compartments, Advanced Homicide Investigation, Juvenile Law and Investigation Certification, and Death Investigation Certification.”

“I was part of a homicide task and a detective for three and a half years and the rest of my years of service were done in patrol. Though I enjoyed what I did as a law enforcement officer, I decided to make a change and obtained my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix while still working as a detective and patrolmen. I retired from the police department and began my teaching career as a student teacher at Poston Butte high school in the second semester of the 2014-2015 school year.”

“During this time I taught both honors and general biology and coached the Freshman Girls Softball team. I was then hired to stay on as a full time teacher having completed my teaching certification and degree from the University of Phoenix. This is my fifth year as a teacher here at Poston Butte. In this time I was an assistant varsity softball coach for two years, this is my third year as the STEM coordinator, and my fifth year as the STEM Biotechnology teacher. I currently teach honors biology, honors biotechnology 1, honors biotechnology 2, and honors forensic science.”

“Becoming a teacher was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, and with my four different lab classes I am constantly on my feet and no day, or class period, is ever the same!”