President, TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM)
Executive Director, Envision Excellence in STEM Education (501(c)3)
As the President of TIES
and Executive Director of Envision Excellence in STEM and a recognized leader in STEM education, Jan provides vital support to National and State STEM initiatives most recently serving as the Senior STEM advisor to The White House and the U.S. Department of Education
in development of their sweeping Race to the Top and Innovate to Educate education reform programs.
Current national engagements include her
work as the Senior Consultant for STEM Education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
, NASA STEM education initiatives, Battelle Memorial Institute
, the Philanthropy Roundtable
, the National Governors Association
, Innovate-Educate Mexico
, the National Association for College Admission Counseling
, the Lemelson Center
at the Smithsonian
and the National Academy of Engineering
as it developed the SEEK-16 project.
also serves on the task force designing the national engineering education standards and is a co-contributor in the national task force investigating the efficacy of AP engineering and pre-engineering.
is currently advising the following states as they craft their vision for STEM education; Arizona, California, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Washington.
In that capacity, her
work on curriculum and professional development and project-based learning is reaching millions of children in classrooms every day.
As a leader in engaging business and industry in the K-16 STEM education pipeline Jan also acts as STEM advisor to numerous corporations and philanthropies including General Electric, Intel, The Carnegie Foundation, Siemens and Chevron among others.
work with these partners includes organizing regional and national convenings, speaking at industry conferences and customized briefings for senior management and community outreach staff.
most recent focus has been building capacity within the energy sector to facilitate teacher training in cutting edge and emerging technologies to ensure current students are exposed to these vital career paths so the future U.S. workforce pipeline is filled with well trained STEM professionals ready to address our growing energy needs.
is also in great demand as a speaker on STEM education, project based learning, teacher training and curriculum development and speaks at academic and industry conferences several times each month.
With a bachelorâ€™s degree in biology from the University of Rochester, a masterâ€™s in administration from George Washington University
and as an electron microscopy research associate at Georgetown University
has designed and implemented STEM curriculum and instructional programs in schools across the nation over thirty years.
is driven by her
belief that although many children in our country are underexposed to the dynamic STEM fields, they will--given the chance-- find themselves drawn to science and the technical fields if they are challenged and provided with outstanding teaching.
seeks to bring outstanding professional development to all teachers and rigorous and engaging STEM curriculum to all students in the United States.