Leisa Morton-Standish, PhD
Director of Elementary Education
Dr. Leisa Morton-Standish is the Director of Elementary Education at the North American Division. She has taught in small rural schools as well as in large urban schools. She has taught on the east and west coasts of the U.S, both in and out of the Adventist education system, and overseas. She has also spent a considerable part of her career teaching at universities, including the University of Maryland, Washington Adventist University and Macquarie University. Leisa holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education from California State University and a Diploma in Education from Avondale College. Leisa is committed to Christ and the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her first love is the classroom where she can share her passion for learning and her love for Jesus.
f you find something you feel passionately about, pursue it with all your heart, and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too young or inexperienced to make it happen.”
—Lauren Kulokas, Engineer and Entrepreneur
The National Science Foundation reports that STEM employment continues to grow at a faster pace than other occupations and yet not all Americans have equal access or equal representation in STEM fields. In fact, even though women make up half the population they account for under 30% of participation in STEM related careers.
The North American Division piloted a Women In STEM conference initiative in partnership with the STEM coordinator of the Chesapeake Conference at Spencerville Adventist Academy. Young women from area schools were invited to participate in the conference which included a panel of women from government agencies and the private sector who are leaders in the field of STEM. Dr. Mamood Saltana (NASA scientist), Janet Beaton (NSA Engineer), Dr.Sharon Koh-Fallet (FDA Scientist), Dr. Adrianne Norwood (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Mathematician), Dr. Danielle Kroll (FDA Scientist) and Dr. Ramona Swaby (Merck Cancer Researcher) served on a panel to explore their experiences, insights and high points in their careers with young women hoping to follow in their footsteps.
The presenters highlighted the unique challenges in their fields as well as the unique contributions they make every day. Presenters also outlined the processes and procedures for securing internships in their organizations. The young women who attended the event are highly intelligent and motivated students who are looking for ideas of where and how they can best direct their talents and energy in STEM fields.
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