Kelly Vieau is a half-time seventh grade physical science teacher at Orono Middle School. She teaches an advisory class and two science classes in the afternoons.
“I really enjoyed science, it was always fascinating to me,” Vieau said when asked what motivated her to become a science teacher.
A native of Delano, Vieau graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Cloud State University in 2010, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor is science. Vieau is licensed to teach both elementary education and middle school science for grades 5-8.
She student taught math, language arts and social studies to fourth and sixth grade students at Cold Spring Elementary. During the 2010-2011, Vieau was a long-term sixth grade science substitute teacher for Westonka Public Schools at Grandview Middle School.
Last summer, Vieau was an educator at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD. She delivered hands-on science education and conducted live science experiments for guests at the science center.
“I’ve always wanted to work at a science museum or a science center,” said Vieau. “I was doing the fun, showy science kind of things.”
In college, Vieau was the team captain of the varsity women’s swimming and diving team. She also has experience as a softball coach, head swimming coach and swimming instructor. She is certified in water safety.
“I swam all through college,” said Vieau. “I swam competitively until 2010.”
This winter, she will help her sister coach the Watertown Area Swim Club, which is where the two swam when they were younger. Vieau said she would also like to find a position at a science center or a museum to complement her teaching position at Orono Middle School.
Vieau enjoys doing crafts, scrapbooking and making her own cards. She and her sister, an early childhood teacher, both live at home with their parents. Her sister will be married in October. Vieau will be married in April 2012.
“We have a three-year-old Boxer at home, and we have a lot of fun together,” said Vieau.