Our Team

Our Team

Sarah Switala
Director

Sarah’s family is originally from Pennsylvania and they moved to Colorado in 2017 in search of sunshine and an outdoor lifestyle. They love to travel, hike, camp, ski/snowboard. She is a School Counselor at Fossil Ridge, where her husband is an Algebra and Geometry teacher. They have three sons—one is at CSU, the other at Fossil Ridge, and another at Kinard Middle School—and they have two loveable pups, Pork Chop & Beau.

Sarah earned a BA in Psychology from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. She has a MS Degree in Education with a K-12 Counseling Certification from Duquense University in Pittsburgh, PA. And her K-12 Principal’s certification is from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sarah has always been passionate about Science. Her intended career was in the medical field, but with the twists and turns in life, became a School Counselor. She considers it a privilege to support students as they grow into themselves through their engagement with the world. She is passionate about the environment, education, the arts, social justice, and human rights. What she loves about STEM-X is its applications in improving the quality of life and she looks forward to collaborating with our STEM-X educators as they continue the legacy of creating exciting and innovative experiences for our students.

Carey Christensen
Poudre High School Site Liasion

Carey grew up in the great state of Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a degree in Education and Sports Medicine. She moved out to Colorado upon graduating and loves and has embraced all that Colorado has to offer. She began working at Poudre High School in 1999 both as a teacher and Certified Athletic Trainer. In the summer of 2015 she finished her Masters of Education and Human Resource Studies at CSU and started as part time Assistant Principal in the fall of 2015. She is passionate about providing opportunities for all students and helping them realize their potential! She is excited about the upcoming STEM institute and all of the incredible opportunities that are awaiting our students.

Margey Grady
Department Secretary, Career and Innovation

Margey is originally from Chicago. She loves the Windy City but doesn’t miss the harsh winters! She moved to Colorado in 2015 and made her way to Fort Collins in 2020. Margey earned an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from the University of Illinois and later earned an Associate’s in Interior Design at Harrington College of Design. She has worked in education in various roles throughout her career and is so happy to be in PSD and working on the Career and Innovation team. Her two daughters also go to school in PSD and they are excited to go to as many STEM-X events as possible.

Tracy Winey
Delta Force Coordinator

Tracey has taught for twenty years in four different countries and is so grateful to teach at Preston Middle School and Colorado State University. She has been the STEM-X Delta Force Coordinator since 2016. She loves learning and creating the conditions for others to thrive in, such as with STEM-X, Engineering Brightness, and EngineerGirl. Tracey is the most happy, when she is in the mountains with her husband, two children and the family dog!