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Stephanie Garcia, Ph.D., is IDRA’s STEM and gender equity education specialist with more than 10 years of experience in STEM education as a middle school science teacher, university instructor and graduate research assistant in engineering education. She provides professional development and technical assistance to schools across the nation on effective STEM education for all students. She designs and delivers interactive training that provides teachers tools for increasing student achievement in STEM areas. As an IDRA EAC-South project associate, she also coordinates service delivery activities in the area of gender equity to school systems and classrooms across the U.S. South.
Stephanie.Garcia@idra.org (210) 444-1710
Michelle Martínez Vega is IDRA’s technology coordinator with more than 18 years of experience in designing, developing and administering professional development for educators at the state, regional and district levels. Her focus is driven by the desire to improve academic achievement through the use of technology. She strives to develop technology solutions that create equitable and sustainable learning environments for all students and educators. Ms. Vega continues to create and deliver professional technology support with the hope of helping others build their technology confidence and capacity. Key areas of Ms. Vega’s work includes designing, developing and training in technology integration, technical writing, and technology coaching and mentoring.
Michelle.Vega@idra.org (210) 444-1710
Dr. Johnson is an education associate at IDRA with more than 25 years of experience developing educational programs and integrating the STEM and instructional technology into classrooms. She holds a Bachelor of Science in math and a minor in computer science from Prairie View A&M University, a Master of Arts in education with a concentration in instructional technology and from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, where her research focused on curriculum and instruction related to underrepresentation of Black women as secondary mathematics educators.
Paula.Johnson@idra.org (210) 444-1710