"Even though "STEM"--Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math--is an acronym with four distinct disciplines, it should be reviewed and regarded as one whole. These four disciplines, taught together in the classroom. A new way of thinking. A new way of being. A new way to process. A new way to develop."
The engaging, prodigious founder of Smart STEM, LLC. Dr. Natoshia("Toshia") Anderson, is a Mechanical Engineer-turned award-winning STEM educator and STEM gender equity/diversity and inclusion advocate, STEM leadership consultant, and dynamic and informative, in-demand STEM motivational speaker. Her groundbreaking gender equity/diversity and inclusion advocacy entity for girls, Smart STEM, is an educational consulting company promulgated to supply expert STEM curriculum development, STEM professional development opportunities, strategic STEM Events, and critical STEM research to schools, school districts, and other educational institutions. In her private practice, Dr. Anderson offers intensive professional and leadership development coaching and training for STEM educators and school system staff respectively, and STEM keynote/motivational speaking services to organizations, associations, corporations, conferences, and educational systems nationwide.
A former Dean of the industry-progressive Georgia Piedmont Technical College (an entity member of the extensive Technical College System of Georgia), and former Director of Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s STEM Initiatives, Dr. Anderson's days as a Mechanical Design Engineer were replete with the expert designing of HVAC, piping, plumbing, and fire alarm systems for businesses, educational institutions, and military installations. Additionally, she dutifully served as a high school Mathematics instructor, unwaveringly dedicated to the mentoring of academically gifted students. In addition to her practice, motivational speaking, and Smart STEM activities, Dr. Anderson currently works with the Georgia Department of Education to ensure STEM Certification and professional development materials for schools and teachers respectively, statewide. Also an author, Dr. Anderson's expertise is featured in the gender equity/diversity and inclusion compilation books, If Her Purse Could Talk (2018);Gumbo for the Soul: Liberating Memoirs to Inspire Females of Color (2016); and, R.A.C.E Mentoring Through Social Media: Black and Hispanic Authors Share Their Journey in the Academy (2017). Additionally, she serves as the popular host of the 2020 edition of her widely-followed STEMming in Stilettos podcast.
Dr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, and both an MBA and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. In her off hours, she also tirelessly assists numerous outreach organizations and youth clubs with increasing awareness of STEM opportunities for minority youths. Dr. Anderson’s laser-focused mission is to expand her efforts to increase STEM awareness and opportunities, especially for female minority students and women professionals of color, worldwide.
To reserve Dr. Anderson for one-on-one or staff STEM leadership and professional development coaching; STEM consulting or training for your school or school district; or STEM motivational/keynote speaking for your educational institution, organization, or association, or conference; or for media inquiries, kindly submit your request via her convenient electronic form.