Meet the Team

Kathy Gendreau

Owner, Instructor

Kathy is the owner and founder of STEAMboat Studio. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has always been passionate about STEM. She developed a love for art when she was asked to volunteer as an art docent in her daughter’s Kindergarten class, and she continued her work as a classroom art docent for the next 10 years.  Through her experience, she saw the strong connection between art and the sciences and the value of hands-on learning and creative expression in the learning process. Kathy combined her passion for art and her love of science and engineering to found STEAMboat Studio in February of 2014.  She enjoys working with students of all ages, encouraging them to learn and explore new things and to think creatively.  Kathy is also a long-time Girl Scout volunteer and troop leader. She has over 15 years of experience working with children ages 5-18 in a variety of programs and settings.

Casey Vreeken

STEAM Academy Instructor, Director of Educational Programs and Business Development

Casey has a Bachelor’s degree in general science and elementary education from Western Washington University. The opportunity to spend a summer volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium and inspire kids to get excited about the wonder of nature and our environment prompted her to pursue science education as a career. She taught 6th grade science and math in the Tahoma School District, was a substitute teacher for many years and tutored all ages in Math. Casey’s favorite part of science is how it helps students connect with the world around them and inspires them to be observant, ask questions and overcome challenges. When not working she can be found enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family, reading, sewing or planning her next vacation.

Laurie Stamp

Instructor, Studio Manager

Laurie has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, where she was named Student Teacher of the Year. She also has a Masters degree and in Education with a focus on Gifted Education from Arizona State University. She worked as a teacher for 7 years, working with learners from 5th grade all the way through college. Laurie is passionate about teaching and making content easy for everyone to understand. She believes that learning happens best through hands on experience. Outside of work Laurie enjoys being outside with her dog, or exploring new restaurants. You can also find her singing, painting, knitting, or learning something new. Laurie believes that learning is lifelong and that there is something to be learned from everyone that crosses her path.

Heidi DuPuis

STEAM Academy Instructor

Heidi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education for middle school science, and a Master’s in Education with emphasis in high school physics. Her first experience in science education was running the science fair during the years her boys were in elementary school. She taught middle school science for a local homeschool co-op for 3 years, and loves helping kids of all ages make discoveries about how the world around them works. She also believes that learning through hands-on activities is the best way to explore those answers. When the opportunity came to help create and teach the STEAM Academy program, it was a perfect match. When she is not busy with science, she can be found making music, cooking, or occasionally relaxing with family for a game night.