Welcome to the CTE Department


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    Welcome to the Career and Technical Education Department

    “Career Technical Education (CTE) at Metz MS is designed to prepare middle school students to explore the realm of possibilities for their future careers.  The purpose of STEM is to demonstrate the many ways that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics intersect and open students minds to the many fields where STEM is employed.   Digital citizenship refers to responsible technology usage and helping students achieve and understand digital literacy, as well as ensuring cyberbullying prevention, online safety, digital responsibility, and digital health and wellness – tools they will employ in any career they choose.  College and Career Readiness helps to focus students on the next steps in their education journey to ensure high school, and possibly college, align to ease them into the career field of their choice.”


    Mr. Krotzer                                                                                                                                                                       

    8th grade STEM teacher

    Phone:  571-377-6933

    Email:  dkrotzer@mcpsva.org

    Degrees and Certifications:

    CTE lead

    Bachelor of Arts in Technical Education

    Project Lead the Way Instructor

    Magic of Electrons

    Green Architecture

    Design and Modeling


    Mr. Jansen                                                                                                                                                    

    7th Grade STEM teacher  

    Phone: 571-377-6934

    Email:  ajansen@mcpsva.org

    Degrees and Certifications:

    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

    Project Lead the Way Instructor

    Magic of Electrons









    Mr. Thatcher

    7th and 8th Grade Digital Citizenship and Computer Coding

    Phone:  571-377-6938

    Email:  rthatcher@mcpsva.org

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    Masters of science Teaching

    NM portfolio certification 



    Mr. Young

    7th and 8th Grade College and Career Readiness

    Phone: 571-377-6928

    Email:  dyoung@mcpsva.org

    Degrees and Certifications:

    Bachelor of Science in Basic Business

    And Business Information Technology