My STEM education journey began at the Colorado School of Mines, where I attended on a full-ride Engineering Days scholarship from 1993-1995. I graduated from the University of Denver Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a degree in political science and general engineering. I spent six years teaching middle school math and science in Oakland, CA and then received my Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2004. I helped design, open and run a small public school in the South Bronx and then returned to the high school classroom to teach Algebra for four years in NYC public schools. In 2009 I received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for the state of New York and also received an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship at the National Science Foundation. After 18 months at the NSF, I was selected to be the Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for the DC Public Schools.
What is the greatest challenge you’ve encountered during your career in STEM?
What do you think is the most exciting thing about having a career in STEM?
If you could give one piece of advice to a girl who is considering doing a Silver or Gold Award based on STEM or pursuing a career in STEM, what would that be?
Did you have STEM mentors?
If you were a Girl Scout, what is your favorite Girl Scout memory?