The ASK Academy Androids
Welcome to the online home of The ASK Academy, a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) innovation. We are located in the beautiful City of Vision, Rio Rancho, New Mexico. ASK is state authorized charter school for 6th through 12th grades scholars interested in STEM careers within the areas of biomedical sciences and engineering and design. ASK teaches with traditional methodologies but also through hands-on, project based learning strategies. Our relationships with local STEM businesses and educational post-secondary partners enable our scholars to learn in a realistic setting. Our curriculum is rigorous and challenging but relevant for the STEM careers for which we prepare our scholars.
Please take the time to browse our website to learn what we are all about. Our unique perspective on teaching and learning allows our scholars to explore concepts in an authentic fashion. If you, or your STEM interested scholar, should have any questions, please contact us for more information.
The ASK Academy Hires Middle School Principal
We are excited to announce that Kimberlee Pena-Hanson is serving The ASK Academy as middle school principal. Ms. Pena-Hanson, formerly the Executive Director of Gordon-Bernell Charter School in Albuquerque, comes to ASK with a unique and diverse set of experiences. Kimberlee started her career in education with a bachelor’s degree in English and History from the University of New Mexico, a secondary bachelor’s degree in Education from The College of Santa Fe, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Design, with a focus on Humanities project based learning. After teaching for ten years at Rio Rancho High School, Ms. Pena-Hanson was hired to design an educational program for Gordon-Bernell Charter School, a school dedicated to the re-engagement of students whose education process was disrupted. During that time, she earned a certificate in educational leadership from Highlands University and served in multiple leadership capacities.
Her career is coming full circle, as Ms. Pena-Hanson began her work in education with the original ASK founders, where she honed her teaching skills and embraced the philosophy of inquiry based and relationship focussed STEM learning as it relates to multiple content areas. She earned a grant for motivating reluctant readers through Science Fiction and has a special appreciation for the study of Geology.
Given Ms. Pena-Hanson’s educational philosophy--scaffold for equity; differentiate for self-expression-- and extensive background with project based learning, she is an excellent complement to the wonderful staff in place at The ASK Academy.