After initiating my new position as the K-5 STEM lab teacher at Harmony-Leland Elementary School, I was on a mission to do more for the 700 plus students in my school. I wanted to do something novel, something that HLES has never engaged in before. This “something” would focus their minds on learning that is fun, engaging, and challenging. There was a buzz about STEM education and STEM certified schools, but I had no clue what it was. The more research I conducted on STEM education, the more I became intrigued. However, to educate myself on STEM education, I knew I had to engage in professional development (PD). The most important factor contributing to students’ success in school is the quality of teaching. For me, PD is the most effective strategy to meet this expectation and, it allows me to take ownership of my teaching career and its continuing development. I use PD as a strategy to ensure that I continue to strengthen my practice throughout my career. Effective PD engages teachers to focus on the needs of their students. Teachers learn and problem solve together in order to ensure all students achieve success.