Teacher named 2020 state STEM Ambassador
Sean Flueso, physics teacher and science department chairman of Parkland High School, has been accepted as one of 28 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador program.
The program aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.
Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors met for inaugural training sessions at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to receive advocacy training from state and national leaders in the field.
Representing leaders and emerging leaders in corporate, prekindergarten through 12th grade and higher education, and afterschool programs from 18 counties, STEM Ambassadors have agreed to invest the next nine months in training and policy development to share expertise and content knowledge with influential stakeholders to help develop a stronger voice in shaping STEM education policy issues.
“Pennsylvania is considered a leader in STEM policy across the country and, in order to maintain that, we need to develop leaders across the state to advocate for bipartisan support in advancing STEM Education policies to affect change,” said Laura Saccente, director of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network. “PA STEM Ambassadors have been vital part in shaping STEM education and workforce policies, such as PAsmart and the landscape of STEM Learning Ecosystems.”
Flueso commented on his experience.
“This training and title has me even more energized about helping lead our district’s and community’s efforts to advocate for quality STEM education for all students,” he said. “The opportunity to network with educators and stakeholders in STEM from across the state was both humbling and eye-opening.
“I gained an insight into the legislative side of STEM advocacy, and emerging STEM ecosystems to better equip students with skill sets to thrive in regional and global industry. I am excited to begin my work as a STEM Ambassador to first and foremost share the outstanding achievements in STEM at Parkland and learn from other about areas where we can improve.”
Flueso has been a leader in STEM education for more than 10 years in Parkland.
He has served on committees to develop inquiry based education practices and professional development.
Not only is he a teacher leader, he is also an advocate of STEM with community partners and works alongside the Greater Lehigh Valley STEM Alliance.