Pennsbury Teacher Named PA STEM Ambassador

PHS teacher, Jessica Perfetto, was accept­ed as one of 32 Ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program, which aims to shape the future of STEM edu­ca­tion in the Commonwealth by tar­get­ing vital pol­i­cy con­ver­sa­tions with leg­isla­tive lead­er­ship in the areas of STEM Learning ecosys­tems, com­put­er sci­ence, state and fed­er­al pol­i­cy for for­mal and infor­mal edu­ca­tion, and work­force needs. Ms. Perfetto also serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for Applied Engineering & Technology Education in Pennsbury.

The PA STEM Ambassadors met for an inau­gur­al train­ing ses­sion in late February at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), a statewide train­ing and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment orga­ni­za­tion through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education.  Representing lead­ers and emerg­ing lead­ers in cor­po­rate, PreK-12 and high­er edu­ca­tion, and after­school pro­grams from 22 coun­ties, PA STEM Ambassadors have agreed to invest the next nine months in train­ing and pol­i­cy devel­op­ment to share exper­tise and con­tent knowl­edge with influ­en­tial stake­hold­ers to help devel­op a stronger voice in shap­ing STEM edu­ca­tion pol­i­cy issues.  

In order for Pennsylvania to lead in STEM pol­i­cy, we need to devel­op lead­ers across the state to advo­cate for bipar­ti­san sup­port in advanc­ing STEM Education poli­cies and to have the respect and influ­ence to affect change,” said Laura Saccente, direc­tor of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN). “PA STEM Ambassadors have been a vital part in shap­ing STEM edu­ca­tion and work­force poli­cies.” PSAYDN col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Education Policy and Leadership Center, the nation­al STEM Education Coalition, the Afterschool Alliance, 2018 National STEM Ambassador Jeff Remington, and staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, through the PA STEM Education Coalition, to pro­vide train­ing sup­port to the Ambassadors.

STEM pro­vides stu­dents a con­duit to apply con­tent gained from tra­di­tion­al class­es, and cre­ates rel­e­vance to future careers and skills that today’s employ­ers demand,” said Ms. Perfetto. “In the Applied Engineering Department at Pennsbury, we build stu­dent con­fi­dence to devel­op diver­gent think­ing. The answer is not always in the back of a text­book. There is more than one solu­tion to a prob­lem.”