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AMSE Program

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Applied Math, Science, & Engineering Institute

Valley Christian Schools’ STEM program, the Applied Math, Science, & Engineering (AMSE) Institute, provides K-12 students with a pipeline of inspiration, instruction, and experiences to fuel their passion for knowledge. With outstanding faculty, world-class facilities, and one-of-a-kind opportunities, AMSE strives to live out its mission to prepare the next generation of Christian STEM innovators.

AMSE Distinctives

AMSE Facilities

High School student works in the Observatory at Night
High School student dressed in safety gear poses in the Machine Shop
Scientific Research Lab Equipment
High school science student chats with his teacher surrounded by equipment
High School science students dressed in safety gear work together
students learn together in the Elementary Science Room

Meet the Program Managers

It’s the people, not the programs, that make the difference for the students in the AMSE Institute. Our Program Managers are the heartbeat of AMSE and offer a wide range of expertise, talent, and experience in the STEM fields. Made up of teaching faculty and industry professionals, these dedicated men and women devote themselves to their students, imparting knowledge, wisdom, and skills to equip students and challenge their innovative spirit. They are not only here to build skills, but also to build relationships, and fulfill our shared mission to inspire the next generation of STEM innovators.

Emeka Okekeocha

Emeka Okekeocha

Director of AMSE Programs
Claudia Smith

Claudia Smith

High School Teacher, HS Math Team Program Manager
David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez

Junior High Teacher, Science Teacher, Ocean Discovery Program Manager
Jennifer Gerlach

Jennifer Gerlach

High School Teacher

Valley’s observatory and Astronomy Research Program is unmatched. Our son will contribute to science, the study of astronomy and physics, and to Christianity in today's world in a rich way because of his foundation launched by Valley’s AMSE program.-Yanmin Tao, VCS Parent