Hey there! I’m Malia – your lesson planner, curriculum designer, and classroom cheerleader.
I started teaching back in 2003 and fell instantly smitten with students’ magical lightbulb moments.
I went on to earn my National Board Teaching Certification and my Master’s from Stanford University.
And then life took an unexpected turn…
I was on a year-long maternity leave for our second son and I was missing the classroom.
Maybe it was my newborn sleep deprivation or those extra cups of caffeine I was drinking just to make it through our busy days, but I decided to dive feet first into a brand new hobby…
I started sharing the games I was playing with our preschooler on my blog called Playdough to Plato.
And that blog quickly grew! Pretty soon I was getting emails and DMs from teachers around the world who wanted to help students make MORE progress with LESS planning time.
So I created The STEM Laboratory to help you do just that!
If I could add just one more hour to my day, I could probably solve a modern mystery… or at least cook a homemade meal every night.
But since we all have the same 24 hours in a day, let’s figure out how to make the most of it. Sound good?
I created this site to help you save planning time, stay inspired and give EVERY student bigger teaching results.
Because I believe that our students deserve not just a good education but an EXCEPTIONAL one.
I hope you’ll join our inspiring community of incredibly dedicated teachers so we can stay connected! Join our free VIP email list here: