The UTeach program at UMass Lowell is celebrating a decade of turning STEM majors into sought-after teachers — and Kristine ’74 and Louis ’74 Beaudette are helping it succeed. The couple recently made a generous contribution to their scholarship endowment, which supports students in the program.
“This gift will tremendously benefit our students who want to parlay their interest in the sciences into a teaching career,” says Sumudu Lewis, UTeach director.
The Admix Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund supports UTeach students from the Kennedy College of Sciences who live in New Hampshire. It was established five years ago by Admix Inc. and the Beaudettes.
UTeach is a national program that aims to improve math and science education in public schools by training college students majoring in one of the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) to be secondary education schoolteachers. The program was launched at UML in 2012 under a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education grant, making UML the first school in New England to offer it.
Louis, a biology graduate of Lowell Tech, founded Admix over 30 years ago and the company has grown to become an international supplier of mixing equipment. It is headquartered in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Kristine is a retired elementary school teacher who graduated from Lowell State College.
“We are thrilled to support the UTeach program, which allows us to combine our interests in education and science to help students who want a career doing both,” he says.