A Team Dedicated To STEM Education
TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education is the country's foremost innovator bringing STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government. TIES design teams work to create and build the finest STEM schools throughout the country. TIES recognizes the importance of school design and STEM professional development for all teachers as the basis to improve and advance the character of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching for students regardless of grade level. TIES understands the need to shift the teaching of STEM education to focus less on fragmented and isolated bits of discrete information and more on scientific understanding and reasoning. STEM education is trans-disciplinary in nature offering students the ability to use project-based learning to address real-world issues that affect their family, their community and their world. TIES works with regional and state economic development organizations to fuel STEM education curriculum and instructional program development for the benefit of all. Our students are digital natives and TIES works to ensure that the Technology and EngineeringÂ in STEM drive the relevance of the Science and Mathematics.
Finally, the TIES team consists of the most successful STEM principals in our nation, business leaders who have worked hard to design and implement STEM pipelines in their own economic cluster, and engineers and scientists who have turned their focus from their own research to the problems that face our nation's youngsters. Together, TIES leads STEM education design and innovation for our nation.
For information on how TIES STEM Consulting can work with your organization to launch a comprehensive STEM curriculum program send us an email.
President and CEO, TIES
Executive Director, Envision Excellence in STEM Education
Jan Morrison is the President and CEO of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) and its 501(C3), Envision Excellence in STEM and has served as the Senior Consultant for College Ready STEM Education as well as Post-secondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Innovate to Educate, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Senior STEM Education Consultant for the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and currently serves as an advisor with the White House and Department of Education. Currently, Jan and TIES serve as the designer for the nascent STEM Funders Network, a collaboration of more than nineteen STEM funders seeking to fund STEM for the USA with greater return on their investment and therefore for the nationâ€™s students. Jan consults with Chevron, Siemens America, NASA, Clinton Global Initiative, Northeastern University, North Carolina New Schools … Full Biography >>
Senior Practice Leader, TIES
Founder of Indigo Strategies
Fellows position with Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Engineers Helping EducatorsTMÂ is the common theme for Rich Rosen as he collaborates with others to improve and transform systems of education. He is a Senior Practice Leader with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM and Rich also holds a Visiting Fellows position with Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Rich is founder of Indigo Strategies, established with the mission of mobilizing practicing engineers to use their systems analysis and design skills to help solve education problems in their local community.
Rich is an invited speaker on education system transformation and leadership practices for education public/private partnerships. He is frequently called on to help facilitate regional, state, and national conversations about transformation and organize new initiatives. Rich is currently collaborating on a range of projects, including: support to the Ohio Board of Regents in … Full Biography >>
Director of Marketing and Program Consultant
Julie has been working with TIES since 2007 and provides marketing and research support on a variety of projects and programs including contributing to; development of the STEM School Design Best Practices Business Plan for The Carnegie Corporation of New York; The Decatur County Schools STEM initiative; MIT / Fab Lab Foundation market potential assessment research and the Fab Lab/ Maker Movement alliance oversight. She also frequently serves as a liaison between the corporate, academic and philanthropic organizations involved in TIES directed STEM engagements in an effort to translate processes and protocols among a diverse group of collaborators.
Additionally Julie served as Director or Marketing and Communications for MC2STEM Hub (The Metropolitan Cleveland Consortium for Science Technology Engineering and Math) of which TIES was the lead STEM consultant from the launch in the spring of 2008. Â In that … Full Biography >>
Marc has been involved in STEM education for the past 15 years as a teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, administrator and consultant. He started his teaching career in the Chicago Public Schools at Lake View High School and became the founding director of the school's Math, Science and Technology Academy, a school within a school. He has participated in two National Science Foundation curriculum development projects with the Lawrence Hall of Science and Northwestern University. Marc was also the science director for The Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago, a STEM charter school for grades 7-12 that focused on math, science and technology for young women.
In 2004, Marc moved to New York City to become the science director for a campus of small public high schools in the Bronx, an initiative through the New York City Department of Education, where he coordinated science curriculum and instruction … Full Biography >>
Senior STEM Consultant
Director of Design Engineering
Caroline McEnnis is a Senior STEM consultant and Director of Design Engineering for TIES. Caroline received her bachelor's of science in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her master's in Materials Science and Engineering and will be receiving a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012 from Johns Hopkins University where she has received several awards including a NSF GK-12 Fellowship. While at MIT, Caroline worked at the MIT Media Lab where she worked on the initial Fab Lab project, and therefore Caroline also is the TIES liaison to the US Fab Lab Network and Fab Foundation. Prior to joining TIES, Caroline also worked with the Johns Hopkins School of Education and in Baltimore area schools to train teachers in the development and implementation of STEM based curricula. She has also worked with community partners to develop and run several large and small-scale educational programs, including working … Full Biography >>
Director of Development
Michelle brings to TIES 12 years of experience in supporting public education. After receiving her Masters of Public Administration from Kent State University, Michelle spent eight years at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). Â As the government liaison and public education lobbyist, Michelle represented the CMSD at the local, state and federal levels. In this role, she analyzed policy and legislation, met regularly with public officials as well as staff from education departments and agencies, organized testimony, and coordinated efforts with Ohio's other large urban school districts. These efforts resulted in improved public policy and legislation for formula funding, the school facilities program, Average Daily Membership (ADM) counts, and transportation issues.
Michelle shifted her role to serve CMSD through the Office of Institutional Advancement, as the Development Assistant. Â During this time, she … Full Biography >>
Director of Technology & Project Manager for Learn and Earn
As Director of Technology Barb provides vital support to the TIES team on work including contributions to Race to the Top, Learn and Earn, multiple state STEM networks and individual STEM school design. TIES portfolio of programs exposes millions of students to a robust STEM education in over 500 schools located in 10+ states. Her work is focused on building networks through the capture and sharing of data used to replicate and scale program successes.
As Project Manager for Learn and Earn, she works to connect community colleges with one another and businesses to develop an infrastructure that will facilitate accelerated, competency-based, pathways for students to earn a degree while earning a livable wage. In 2010, TIES convened a team of national experts to create a vision for Learn and Earn in states with existing STEM networks. The resulting Learn and Earn Design Challenge was launched at STEMtech 2010. States created … Full Biography >>
Angie joined the TIES team in July 2011 as the Director of Project Management and Associate Director of Grants. With a diverse background in the non-profit arena, Angie will help identify and create processes to sharpen and expedite all TIES program work and coordinate the organization's various projects and events. Â In addition, she will support the research of current grant and funding stream opportunities at TIES.
Prior to her current position at TIES, she served as the Development Specialist at College Now Greater Cleveland helping to promote college access and success to underserved populations in the Cleveland region. As an integral member of the development team, she spearheaded the organization's $2 million proposal program by identifying new funding sources and securing ongoing contributions, developing and fostering strategic partnerships and supporting collaborative fundraising efforts to ensure the organization … Full Biography >>
Dr. Rosenblatt earned a doctorate in the history of science from The Johns Hopkins University. Â Before that he had earned an M.Sc. in Logic and the Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in American Studies from Lake Forest College. Â He has taught over 30 years, most of that as a high school science teacher at the Park School, a progressive private school in the Baltimore area. Â He has, as well, taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Â His background in the history and philosophy of the sciences richly informs his teaching which is highly integrative.
Dr. Rosenblatt is the author of a book on the teaching of science: Â Rethinking the Way We Teach Science: The Interplay of Content, Pedagogy and the Nature of Science. Â The book draws upon his many years of teaching experience and his work as a consultant. Â He brings to his book and his work a fresh take on inquiry, … Full Biography >>
Justin Duffy first became involved in STEM education upon his acceptance as a student to the Massachusetts Academy of Math, Science, and Technology. Mass Academy is a selective high school program partnered with Worcester Polytechnic Institute for accelerated high school students. As part of the program he spent one year enrolled at WPI as an early freshman, then went on to spend the next nine years involved in education and STEM development work.
While attending Wesleyan University, Justin spent five months living in Cairo as part of his continued study of Arabic and Islamic history. He was awarded the White Fellowship and researched his thesis (an examination of al-Tariqa Muhammadiya and 19th century Islamic Salafist revolt in southeast Asia) in London at the British Library. After receiving honors for his thesis he graduated with a degree in history and a concentration in religion. Soon afterwards he was accepted into the … Full Biography >>
Tiffany, TIES Senior STEM Operations Manager, is a project manager by nature, formally providing project management support to technical programs for over 15 years. Â During this time, Tiffany has worked with a variety of project teams and understands the need for diversity to enhance team thinking and problem-solving. Â As such, Tiffany has maintained a focus on diversity, inclusion and recruitment of talent from a variety of backgrounds. Â With this in mind, Tiffany decided to focus efforts on providing opportunities to excite youth about science and technology, especially women and minorities. Â Most recently, Tiffany has been managing programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Â These programs included the creation of STEM schools and state and national STEM networks. Â Joining TIES in 2013, Tiffany will focus on management of a variety of STEM programs - governmental, commercial, and … Full Biography >>
Andrea started her FABLab career as a founding class freshman in MC2 STEM High School where she gained knowledge and experience in fabricating. While traveling to regional STEM schools as one of the first few student volunteers in 2010, she displayed a passion for FABLab and leadership that granted her a manager position. In 2011, she traveled to Lima, Peru as one of the youngest students to attend MIT's International FABLab convention. While staying connected to MC2 STEM High School, Andrea is a trainer and technology consultant for Fablab technologies teaching student, teachers and community members how to use a FABLab within a school. After graduating in 2012 from MC2 STEM High school, Andrea continues to represent FABLabs at community events and conferences. Currently Andrea attends Lorain County Community College with a Mechanical Engineering major where she works in the FABLab as a Lab Aid giving tours and offering FABLab … Full Biography >>
Senior STEM Consultant
Maryann Wolowiec, President of IEL Educational Consulting L.L.C, works to create tomorrowâ€™s thought leaders and thinkers. She is recognized for her leadership in developing schools focused on students attaining 21st century skills, such as, creativity, inventive thinking, critical thinking and problem solving, through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In 2007 Wolowiec began creating and supporting the development of STEM schools and programs. Her experiences in business and education prepared her well to lead a partnership of city, public school, university, non-profit and business, to develop the National Inventors Hall of Fame Schoolâ€¦Center for STEM Learning. The efforts led created the first STEM middle school. This school was the only school referenced in the Newsweek, July 2010 report on The Creativity Crisis. Three years later Wolowiec led the efforts to open the … Full Biography >>
Chris Carter recently earned his Bachelor Degree in Technical Theatre from Cleveland State University. He transferred from Ohio State University after two years to finish his degree in his home town of Cleveland. In high school, he enrolled in ECITY (Entrepreneurship: Connecting Inspiring Teaching Youth) where he was taught how to refine ideas into marketable new products and services. In 2005, he won NFTEâ€™s Entrepreneur of the Year award for his IT business model, TUBA Group LLC, which Case Western Reserve University later adopted to augment their microsystems manufacturing network.
A born entrepreneur, Chris has invested most of his free time learning all he can about 3D fabrication and mobile manufacturing. Now that his hobby has become a career asset, he is looking to contribute to the community by joining the TIES FabLab team.
He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. It will always be home to him. He … Full Biography >>
FabEd Program Administrator
Amanda recently joined the TIES team this summer as the Interim Project Assistant where she supports the President and all consultants by coordinating projects, travel, meetings and events. She fell in love with the idea of FabEd and currently works on all FabEd Projects. She now works with the rest of the Fab Team helping to educate and expand the FabEd Network across the country.
Prior to TIES, Amanda was employed by the Lorain County (Ohio) School District as a Middle School science and social studies teacher. She tailored lessons to meet studentsâ€™ various needs, goals, interests, and learning outcomes. In Lorain City Schools, she educated middle grade students on not only how to achieve their goals in school, but outside of school, as well. Amanda holds a B.S. in Middle School Education from Kent State University. Her specialty is to teach multi-disciplinary, hands-on project based lessons to engage … Full Biography >>
STEM Director, International STEM School Design
Mr. Stephen Krak (Steve) is a 25 year veteran of Battelle and holds an MS Electrical Engineering in Photonics. Steveâ€™s management responsibilities at Battelle have included programs, cleanroom facilities, the Optics and Microfabrication groups, and intellectual property strategy and portfolios for the Energy, Environment and Materials Global Business Unit. His business development contributions range from department level to Battelleâ€™s Tokyo and Seoul offices. For Battelleâ€™s STEM Education Philanthropy group, Steve was Program Manager of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, helped other states initiate STEM networks, managed Ohioâ€™s Race to the Top proposal team, and participated on the National Academies/National Research Council Committee on Integrated STEM Education. Steve has two patents and co-authored eight technical publications.Full Biography >>