I am a technology, engineering and design educator who is passionate about empowering both students and adults. I’m currently employed as the Engineering lead teacher at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I previously taught at A2 STEAM at Northside, a K-8 program that is part of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As a teacher, I value hands-on projects, cross-curricular learning experiences, and use of the design process to show students how to solve problems.
I was previously employed as the Technology Specialist for Honey Creek Community School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I am certified in Technology & Design Education (TX, grades K-12) and Communication/Theater Arts (BD, grades 6-12) in the state of Michigan. The combination of my technological background and my artistic pursuits means I use a range of different methods, technologies, and projects in my teaching. My mission as a teacher is to teach technological literacy and help my students become thoughtful members of society who take joy in solving problems and using technology to help them achieve their personal goals.
For a nice overview of my educational work, check out this lovely profile of me from the iiE (Institute for Innovation in Education): Bill Van Loo, The Maker-Educator
I completed my Master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University in the Educational Media and Technology program in December 2016.
In the summer, I work as a Master Teacher for Project Lead The Way, teaching other educators the PLTW Gateway curriculum for middle school grades. I’ve also taught at Wayne County Community College District and the College for Creative Studies.
Workshops & Presentations
I am a frequent presenter and workshop facilitator, delivering professional development for other educators and sharing my own learning. You can find out more in the Presentations section.
- Follow me on Twitter: @billvanlooteach
- My Curriculum Vitae (CV) – browse my CV and find out more about my schooling, educational experience, and interests.
Featured photo at the top of the page by Mark Bialek for the Ann Arbor Observer