Lunch and Learn
Hear from a panel of representatives from the Georgia Department of Education as they discuss how a school makes the transition from STEM to STEAM.
Meghan McFerrin serves as a STEM/STEAM Program Specialist at
the Georgia Department of Education. Prior to entering this role,
Meghan served as the Coordinator of School and Teacher Services at the
High Museum of Art. There, she developed programming and educational
resources for teachers andstudents that connect works of art in the
museumwith classroom teaching and learning objectives.
She created the elementary school STEAM tour and art-making workshops,
led arts integration professional learning workshops, and served as the
project lead for Museum Access for Kids, a program designed
to increase accessibility and differentiated instruction for students with disabilities.
Meghan received a BFA and MAEd in Art Education from the University of Georgia
along with teaching certification.
Felicia Cullars serves as the Georgia Department of Education's STEM
Coordinator, where she has advocated for STEM/STEAM education
throughout Georgia. Cullars has been an educator for over 15 years
and has worked with Georgia CTAE to promote students in
Bryan Cox is the Computer Science Program Specialist at the Georgia DOE.
Prior to working for the GaDOE, Bryan spent 8 years as a High School STEM
teacher, teaching math, computer science, and engineering courses. He is
currently pursuing a PhD in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University
with a research focus on educational games for computational thinking.
He also received a M.A.T. in mathematics from GSU and a B.S. in Computer
Information Systems from Florida A & M University. He has spent time working
as a network designer and computer technician as well as working with
after-school and summer youth programs.
Dr. Lya Snell serves as the Georgia Department of Education's Mathematics
Program Manager, where she works to make mathematics relevant for
students through STEM/STEAM education throughout Georgia. Dr. Snell
has served in multiple leadership and teaching capacities advocating for equity
in mathematics education. She has participated in numerous outreach activities
in a variety of settings and serves on a number of boards which deal with K-12
Mathematics, as well as STEM education. Working in partnership with the
Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Institute of Technology
Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC),
Dr. Snell led efforts to improve teacher effectiveness with implementing
instructional strategies related to integrating mathematics, science,
engineering and literacy with the Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant
at the district level. Dr. Snell has provided 21st Century teacher professional learning
in STEM education. She has also helped develop and implement engaging and
rigorous STEM courses. She earned a B.S. and M.Ed. from Alabama State University,
both in Mathematics, an Ed.S. from Central Michigan University in General Administration,
and a Ph.D. from Mercer University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Snell has dedicated her career
to helping students master mathematics at high levels by serving on numerous state
and national committees aimed at improving instruction through innovative teaching and learning.