The NAF Academies of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

STEM NAF Academy Track

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  • Engage Students and Educators in Career Awareness and Exploration
  • Develop Work-Based Learning Activities
  • Sustain Academies with Training and Fundraising

STEM NAF Advisory Board

Our Mission: The STEM Advisory Board promotes community/industry/stakeholder awareness and interdisciplinary learning to connect the classroom with the real world, prepare students for post-secondary education, foster innovation, and encourage passion.

STEM EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Miami industry and community leaders partner with Miami NAF Academies, aligning their industry expertise, community leadership, and pipeline development needs to transform the high school experience.

Chair: Dr. Angela Colbert
Knight Vice President, Education
Vice Chair: Carlos Vazquez
CEO, Miami EdTech
Secretary: Alejandra Lorenzo
NOAA and ITWomen, IT Consultant, Mentor, Motivational Speaker
Treasurer: Bert Silvestre
Vice President, Pro Logic Systems
Immediate Past Chair: Albert Sosa
Vice President, HNTB
Chair: Dr. Angela Colbert
Knight Vice President, Education
Vice Chair: Carlos Vazquez
CEO, Miami EdTech
Secretary: Alejandra Lorenzo
NOAA and ITWomen, IT Consultant, Mentor, Motivational Speaker
Treasurer: Bert Silvestre
Vice President, Pro Logic Systems
Immediate Past Chair: Albert Sosa
Vice President, HNTB

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TITLE

ORGANIZATION

Alex Funkhouser, Immediate Past ChairOwnerSherlockTalent
James E. Osteen, Jr., ChairDirector, Community InitiativesSouth Florida Digital Alliance
Albert Sosa, Vice-ChairVice PresidentHNTB
Sandra Hodge, SecretaryPublic Information OfficerSTANTEC
Omelio Ramirez, TreasurerCampus CIOMiami Dade College – InterAmerican Campus
Silvia Beltre, P.E., Marketing Committee Chair Senior Principal, Business Center, Sector LeadSTANTEC
Richard Chance, Fundraising Committee ChairManaging MemberCyberEducation Partners, LLC
Angela Colbert, PhD, Student/Staff Development Committee ChairKnight Vice-President of EducationPhillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Denyse AntunesVice-PresidentFlorida Vocational Institute
Jason BellDirector, Medical Education and Strategic ProjectsBaptist Health South Florida Office of Academic Affairs
Dr. Robert P. Cleary, NMTCB, MBA, CHCDept. Chair, Imaging SciencesKeiser University
Davion Q. CrumelTraining & Student Internship ManagerMiami-Dade County Public Schools, Information Technology Services
Roxanna CruzAssociate Vice President, Recruitment & AdmissionsBarry University
Maria C. de PenaPresidentCode Explorers
Henry EspinosaDirector of Information TechnologyMiami Dade County Parking Authority
Luis C. Fernandez-TorresDeanSt. Thomas University
Monica GomezCSR Manager and Product DevelopmentCisco Systems
Josie GoytisoloPresident -CEOCodella
Andrew Green Florida International University
Ricardo Jimenez, Ph.D.Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science & Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts & SciencesBarry University
Bensin JosephPresidentTier 1 Techs
Christina Michelena Leon PHD Pevida Highway Designers
Santiago MartinezInformation & Corporate Security OfficerBAC Florida Bank
Noreen Legault MendozaCEOGeeki Girls
Claire MarreroExecutive DirectorITWomen
Mary Murphy Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Elia Nunez, P.E.Assistant Vice PresidentWSP USA
Joe RaioTechnical EvangelistMicrosoft
Dr. Monique RossAssistant ProfessorFlorida International University
Tomas Ruiz, PE, CFM, LEED, APPresidentSnubbs Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Rafael SacasaChemistry, Physics/Earth Sciences Dept. ChairpersonMiami-Dade College, North Campus
Cristen ScolasticoDirector, Admissions AdministrationBarry University
Bert Silvestre Pro Logic Systems
Don Slesnick, IIIExecutive DirectorSouth Florida Digital Alliance
Jeannelle VegaSupervisor, Academic Contracts & Business ProjectsBaptist Hospital
   

STEM Advisory Board Members coordinate, sponsor and participate in many student and teacher activities:

  • Annual “Groundhog” Job Shadow Day
  • Industry Tours
  • Provide Internships for Summer Youth Internship Program
  • Review and guidance on Internship Preparation Course
  • Guest Classroom Speakers & Campus Career Fairs
  • “Day in the Life of a Nurse”
  • eMerge Conference
  • CIO Annual Golf Tournament – Fundraiser and Scholarship Awards
  • Cybersecurity Day hosted by Miami Dade College
  • Cybersecurity Day hosted by NOVA
  • CyberPatriot Competition
  • Miami Dade College EnTEC Summer Camps
  • Annual NAF Mega Student Industry Conference Breakout Sessions
  • Give Miami Day Fundraiser
  • Career Experiential Workshops
  • FIU Engineering Expo
  • Academy Capstone Project Reviews
  • Mock Job Interviews
  • Advise on Curriculum
  • Program Review of .Net IT Academy
  • FIU StartUp Activities
  • Training of Teachers for Industry Certification

NAF ACADEMIES

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ACADEMIES OF ENGINEERING

Using the nationally acclaimed Project Lead the Way curriculum, studies include Civil, Aerospace, Mechanical, and Architectural.

  • Booker T. Washington Senior High
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior High
  • Miami Sunset Senior High
  • North Miami Senior High

 

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ACADEMIES OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Academy studies include areas of Dental, Emergency, Home Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Vision.

  • Hialeah
  • Hialeah Gardens
  • Miami Lakes Ed. Center
  • Miami Sunset
  • North Miami
  • William H. Turner Technical Arts
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ACADEMIES OF IT

Academy studies include areas of Digital Design, Programming, Gaming, Network Systems, Web Development.

  • Alonzo and Tracy Mourning
  • American
  • Booker T. Washington
  • G. Holmes Braddock
  • Hialeah Gardens
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Central
  • Miami Jackson
  • Miami Lakes Ed. Center
  • Miami Norland
  • Miami Sunset
  • North Miami
  • North Miami Beach
  • South Dade
  • Southwest Miami
  • William H. Turner Technical Arts

 

Interested in becoming more involved with Miami-Dade NAF STEM academies?

You have the power to prepare future leaders and widen the workforce pipeline with knowledgeable, diverse, and driven talent.

Examples of Ways to Get Involved:

  • Volunteer at Schools

  • Lead Workshop

  • Host Job Shadow Day

  • Hire Summer Intern

  • Join Advisory Board

  • Make a Donation

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