Barbra Skarzynski, Program Coordinator for Fab Lab, TIES, provides vital support to the FabEd team including contributions to the professional development framework workshops, organizing Fab Lab Learning Tours, supporting Design Studios and Fab related event planning support. She works closely with the Fab Foundation on all FabEd projects.
Prior to 2011, Barb served as TIES Director of Technology and Project Support that work contributions to Race to the Top, Learn and Earn, multiple state STEM networks and individual STEM school design. TIES current portfolio of work exposes millions of students to a robust STEM education in over 500 schools located in 10+ states and internationally. Her work focused on building networks through the capture and sharing of data used to replicate and scale program successes with new states and programs as they were added to the TIES portfolio.
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 Learn and Earn blueprints that support PK-20 students throughout their education and career progression. Barb facilitates the ongoing work of this ambitious goal.
Barb received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland and taught public school fifth grade in Baltimore County, Maryland.