DoD STEM Ambassadors

Meet DoD STEM Ambassadors from STEM Ecosystems Across the Country

The DoD STEM Ambassador Program recognizes outstanding educators and promotes STEM learning across the nation. DoD STEM Ambassadors are carefully chosen by the Department of Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) and DoD STEM based on their commitment to working with students who have been historically underrepresented in STEM and/or are military connected.

DoD STEM Ambassadors work together to create and curate remote learning and digital materials such as lesson plans, learning activities, and creative engagement approaches to be shared with educators.

Jonté Lee, a chemistry teacher and DoD STEM Ambassador from the 2020-2021 school year.

Meet DoD STEM Ambassadors

School Year

High School Science Teacher, Hawai'i

Whitney Aragaki

Director of STEM Programs, New York

Lisa Blank

High School Science Teacher, California

Patty Brunet

Middle School Science Teacher, North Carolina

Tiara Davis

Curriculum Specialist, Ohio

Brett Doudican

Middle School Math Teacher, North Carolina

Tyler Erb

High School Science Teacher, Texas

Priscilla Lumbreras

High School Physics and Engineering Teacher, Virginia

Kirsten Manning

College Professor and Scientist, Virginia

Kristy McDowell

Elementary and Middle School Teacher, Environmental Education and Robotics, California

Melissa Moser

High School STEM Teacher, Virginia

Heather Overkamp

STEAM Outreach Specialist, Virginia

Nancy Rowland

Elementary School Science Teacher, Ohio

Jenn Stormer

School Principal, California

Leo Ulloa-Higuera

Middle School Science Teacher, California

Melanie Villanueva

Instructional Technology Coach, Virginia

Shelly Waller

Ambassadors in the Blog

Where's My Champion? The Importance of Mentors Who Look Like Their Students

“When students are exposed to different backgrounds, points of view and cultures they become more open-minded and willing to work with others. Never underestimate the power of a person seeing themselves in the experiences of another person.”

Antia Thomas
Middle School Science Teacher, North Carolina

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Where’s My Champion?
The Importance of Mentors Who Look Like Their Students

Citizen Schools’ Catalyst program pairs mentors from diverse backgrounds with students to engage in meaningful real-world, problem-based projects that bridge gaps in education so that all students can succeed. In order to imagine themselves pursuing a career in STEM, students need to have authentic experiences, see diversity in their classrooms and be exposed to STEM career pathways.

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