I’ve been honored by invitations to speak, write, or be quoted regarding projects I lead and support in the areas of Maker culture, K12 entrepreneurship education, educational leadership, or STEM education in a number of different forums. I’ve also been privileged to work for excellent educational organizations, serve the Commonwealth of Virginia, and provide Board leadership to changemaking organizations. Some highlights of that work over the years are below.


  • Radical Transformation: Unmaking School by Design (2016, October). Keynote Speaker, James Madison University Teaching and Learning with Technology (JMUTLT) Conference. Harrisonburg, VA. (slides)
  • Unleashing the Future: How Entrepreneurial Thinking and the Maker Movement Can Transform Classrooms for Teachers and Students. (2016, October). Keynote Speaker, National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education Annual Conference. Mobile, AL. (slides)
  • Innovation, Invention and Intellectual Property: Who owns? (2016, February). Panelist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. American Association of School Superintendents Conference. Phoenix, AZ.
  • White House Event: Champions of Change (2016, January). Participant. Washington, D.C.
  • National Science Foundation Maker Summit. (2015, November). Participant. Washington, D.C.
  • White House Event: Next Gen High School Summit. (2015, November). Participant. Washington, D.C.
  • Supporting Emerging Makerspaces. (2015, October). Panelist. Remake Learning Network’s Maker Education Institute. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • White House Event: Education and Making. (2015, June). Roundtable Facilitator. Washington D.C.
  • Advanced Manufacturing as a Driver of Cross-Curricular Change. (2015, June). Presenter. National Maker Faire. Washington, D.C.
  • The Maker Approach to Learning: A Public School District Experience. (2015, June). Presenter. National Maker Faire. Washington D.C.
  • Building Public Servants: Education Policy. (2015, March). Panelist. University of Virginia Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Annual Conference. Charlottesville, VA.
  • Make to Learn, Learn to Make: Getting Back to the Basics of Kids as Designers, Builders, Engineers, Creators. (2015, March). Presenter. National School Boards Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Changing Education through the Maker Mindset: A Public School System Experience. (2015, February). Presenter. AcadeMAKE Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Greensboro, NC. (slides)
  • Leveraging CTE to Drive Change in Public Education. (2014, November). Presenter. National Association for Career and Technical Education Conference. Nashville, TN (slides)
  • The Maker Movement: Milestones and Momentum. (2014, November). Panelist. STEMconnector Virtual Town Hall.
  • Maker Portfolios in the Admissions Process: Value and Implementation. (2014, October). Panelist. Higher Education Maker Summit at Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.
  • Meet Maker Educators: Inspirational Stories From the Cutting Edge. (2014, September). Presenter. World Maker Faire. New York, NY.
  • The Maker Movement: Expanding Access to STEM Through Making. (2014, October). Presenter. Virginia STEM Conference: Engineering Ingenuity. Lexington, VA.
  • K12 Representative, National Technology Leadership Summit, September 26, 2014, Washington, D.C.
  • Making the Case for Innovation in K12 Education. (2014, August). Panelist. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office STEM Innovation Institute. Santa Clara, CA.
  • Making as a Pathway to Engineering: Intersections and Opportunities. (2014, July). Presenter. National Science Foundation Internal Workshop. Washington, D.C. (slides)
  • Broadening Community Support for Making. (2014, June). Panelist. American Association for the Advancement of Science Maker Education Forum. Washington D.C.
  • Making STEM Leaders: Getting School Administrators on Board. (2014, May). Panelist. Making Possibilities Workshop at Intel. Santa Clara, CA.
  • Cultivating Makers and Creativity. (2014, April). Presenter. National Science Teachers Association Conference. Boston, MA.
  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Schools. (2014, April). Panel Moderator. Tom Tom Founders Festival. Charlottesville, VA.
  • High School of the Future Startup Event. (2013, September). Facilitator. Governor’s STEM Summit. Richmond, VA.
  • Maker Corps: Cultivating Creativity. (2013, September). Presenter. World Maker Faire. New York, NY.

Media Interviews and Coverage of Select Projects




  • Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship (2015-Present)
  • Virginia Board of Education Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education (2009-2015)


  • District Lead. Maker: Studying the Role of Failure in Design and Making. National Science Foundation. (2016) Partner: Indiana University
  • Project Director, Advanced Manufacturing as a Driver of Cross-Curricular Change. U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) Initiative. (2015-2018). ~$3,000,000. Partners: University of Virginia, Princeton, Smithsonian, Charlottesville City Schools, et al.
  • District Lead. Open Portfolio Project. Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. (2013-2017) Partners: Indiana University, Maker Education Initiative.
  • Administrator, Career and Technical Education Program, Albemarle County Public Schools. Carl D. Perkins Act. (2009-2016). ~$1,050,000
  • District Lead, Lab School for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. Virginia College/University Partnership Laboratory School Application Planning Grant. (2011-2012). ~$300,000. Partners: University of Virginia, Charlottesville City Schools.
  • Administrator, Youth Career Development Program, Martinsville City Public Schools. Workforce Investment Act (2006-2009) ~$120,000


  • President, Board of Directors, Spencer L. Chang Scholarship Fund (2003-Present)
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Virginia Career Education Foundation (2010-2015)
  • Past Vice President, Board of Directors, Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (2013-2015)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (2009-2012)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation (2010-2013)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Patrick Henry Community College Foundation (2007-2010)


  • Member, Advisory Board, ReinventED Labs (2015-Present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Piedmont Futures (2009-Present)
  • Organizer and Mentor, StartupWeekend EDU (2013, 2015)
  • Volunteer, Education Innovation Planning, Tom Tom Founders Festival (2011-Present)
  • Volunteer, Education Program Planning, Charlottesville Mini-Maker Faire (2012-Present)
  • Leadership Charlottesville, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (Class of 2011)


  • Master of Business Administration, Virginia Tech (2010)
  • Master of Education, University of Virginia (2006)
  • Bachelor of Science, Old Dominion University (2003)
  • Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving, Executive Education, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (2013)
  • Board Development Academy, Charlottesville Center for Nonprofit Excellence (2012)
  • Executive Educators Leadership Institute, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (2010)


  • Maker Culture
  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • STEM-to-STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
  • Progressive Education
  • Interest-Driven Learning
  • Educational Leadership
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Arts Education
  • Design Thinking
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Education for Social Justice


  • Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia (2009-Present)
    • Director of Innovation and Instructional Programs
    • Assistant Director of Innovation and Instruction Projects
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, Virginia (2011-Present)
    • Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Courses Taught:
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Topics in Social Entrepreneurship
      • Principles of Business
  • Martinsville City Public Schools, Martinsville, Virginia (1998-2007)
    • Coordinator of WIA and Virtual Learning
    • Classroom Teacher
    • Teacher’s Aide


Mini-documentaries about projects I’ve led and supported: