DoD STEM Ambassadors

Meet DoD STEM Ambassadors

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 demonstrated history of commitment to working with students who have been historically underrepresented in STEM and/or are military connected.

The 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.

“The opportunity to collaborate with other STEM teachers around the country with support from DoD STEM is unique and has already been incredible helpful. I love being a ‘thought partner’ with other educators.”

Jonté Lee

Chemistry and Physics Teacher,
DoD STEM Ambassador

“The opportunity to collaborate with other STEM teachers around the country with support from DoD STEM is unique and has already been incredible helpful. I love being a ‘thought partner’ with other educators.”

Jonté Lee

Chemistry and Physics Teacher,
DoD STEM Ambassador

DoD STEM Ambassadors & Partner Organizations

High School Chemistry Teacher, Maryland

Vonceil Anderson

High School Science and Physics Teacher, Utah

Enrique Arce-Larreta

Elementary School Science Teacher, Ohio

Laura Drager

Middle School Math Teacher, California

Genevieve Esmende

Curriculum Developer and Middle School Teacher, Virginia

Theresa Goltermann

High School Physics Teacher, Georgia

Eriq Hearn

Head of High School, Hawai'i

Toni Kaui

High School Chemistry Teacher, District of Columbia

Jonté Lee

Middle School Math Teacher, Maryland

Taren Long

High School Biotechnology Teacher, Georgia

Elizabeth Proctor

Digital Learning Coach, New Mexico

Christine Romero

Middle School Science Teacher, North Carolina

Antia Thomas

Middle School Science Teacher, Louisiana

Elizabeth Vance

Science and Technology Coordinator, Maryland

Tameka Woodruff

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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