Phone: (816)348-1130


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor’s of Science, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Central Missouri Masters of Science, Literacy, University of Central Missouri Education Specialist, School Administration, University of Central Missouri Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, St. Louis University

Dr. Roxanne Pearson

Welcome to Wilckens STEAM Academy at Hillcrest! I am honored to be the principal of this innovative school that is working to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, exploration, collaborative learning, creativity, and innovation within our students.

STEAM is a caring school that believes in partnerships between staff, parents, students, and the community. The mission of STEAM, a leader of STEAM innovation, is to ensure that all students flourish as individuals of character and advocates of their own learning through the school community distinguished by:

•a culture of independence and collaboration

•a global outlook based on a foundation of character

•a focus on problem-solving and critical thinking

• real-world experiences with integration throughout all subjects

Throughout the learning experiences at STEAM, we will continuously focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach. I look forward to seeing everything our students are able to accomplish and create throughout the school year!

We invite you to visit our school or contact us with any questions or comments. Thank you for taking time to visit our website.

Phone: 816-348-1130


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Science, Elementary Education, University of Missouri- Columbia Masters of Science, School Leadership, Baker University Doctorate of Education in District Leadership, Baker University STEAM Certified Educator

Dr. TJ Winkelmann

Welcome to Wilckens STEAM Academy at Hillcrest. I have the privilege of serving as your assistant principal. I was born and raised in O’Fallon, Missouri. After college, I relocated to the Kansas City area. I am married to Raelynne and we have three beautiful children.
I developed a passion for teaching during my undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After my time in Columbia, Missouri, I moved to Kansas City to become a teacher. During my time as a teacher, I developed a passion for project-based learning. This style of learning and teaching provides the students with authentic opportunities for discovery. 
Our highly skilled teachers facilitate guided instruction that lead students to discovery and innovation. Oftentimes, they not only surprise me with their work, but they surprise themselves. STEAM has incredible potential and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this fantastic team.
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  • Dr. Roxanne Pearson, Principal

    Email STEAM
    (816) 348-1130
    (816) 348-1135 Fax
    (816) 348-1132 Health Room
    (816) 348-1133 Cafeteria
    106 South Hillcrest Rd map
    Belton, MO  64012
    Hours: 9:10am - 4:11pm
    Early Release: 9:10am - 1:41pm