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 Math Teacher, California

Hunter Alzate

College Professor, St. Petersburg College, Florida

Brian Bell

Middle School Science Teacher, California

Beverly Berekian

High School Science Teacher, Maryland

Carlise Bethel

Elementary and Middle School Math and Science Teacher, California

Jessica Bibbs-Fox

Elementary School Math Teacher, Ohio

Tim Carey

High School Chemistry Teacher, Virginia

Kari Espada

Middle School Science Teacher, District of Columbia

Rabiah Harris

Technology Integration Specialist, Maryland

Victoria Lyons

Advanced Learning Coordinator, Virginia

Lisa Manning-Lewis

STEM Specialist, Florida

Amy Monahan

STEM Research Coordinator, New Mexico

Jennifer Nilvo

Middle School Math Teacher, Florida

Chantelle Normand

Middle School Math, Science, and Engineering Teacher, Arizona

Mayro Ramos Angress

High School Engineering and Computer Science Teacher, District of Columbia

Michelle Rene Ming

Advanced Learning Coordinator, Maryland

Crystal Ricks

High School STEM Teacher, Kapaun Air Station, Germany

Ken Robinson

College Professor, Prince George's Community College', Maryland

Veronica Seward

College Professor, Louisiana State University of Alexandria, Louisiana

David Shanks

DoDEA Project Director, Colorado

Nathaniel Sobin

High School Physics Teacher, Texas

Jonathon Stancek

AP Environmental Science Teacher, Ohio

Amanda Taylor

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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