APL STEM Staff
STEM Program Management Office Staff
Dwight Carr | STEM Program Manager
In 2011, to address the fact that our nation is facing the critical challenge of creating a workforce educated and trained in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), APL launched a STEM Program Management Office to help inspire, engage, and educate the next generation of STEM professionals. Led by Program Manager Dwight Carr, APL's STEM efforts are geared toward helping inspire, engage, and educate the next generation of STEM professionals. Carr, an electrical engineer with APL since 2003, held technical roles including project manager, lead engineer, and electrical engineer. Before joining APL, he was instrumental in establishing a manufacturing laboratory for the Gene Logic Genomics Corporation and served as a research fellow for the National Institutes of Health. Carr holds a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and received his undergraduate degree in biology from Howard University, where he was a member of the National Golden Key Honor Society and the Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society. When Carr is not out promoting APL STEM programs in the community, he is spending time with his wife and two children.
Mary Cumor | MESA Operations Coordinator
Mary Cumor has served as operations coordinator for the APL Maryland MESA program since 2003. She has facilitated and planned all events associated with the MESA program for the past ten years, hoping to make her mark in creating a pathway for students in the STEM fields. Before joining the MESA family, Cumor supported numerous employment offices in APL's Human Resources and Services Department over five years. Her husband Rick, three daughters and their husbands, and three grandchildren make her a happy wife, mother, and grandmother!
Colleen D'Agrosa | STEM Program Management Office Administrator
Colleen D'Agrosa joined APL as the office administrator of the STEM Program Management Office in December 2011. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of Development at Howard Community College (HCC), where she managed HCC's fundraising events and alumni programs. D'Agrosa became interested in STEM outreach while working with the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County organizing the first Girl Power event in partnership with APL. She enjoyed being part of an event that encouraged young women to pursue STEM fields and is thrilled to have the opportunity to again work toward increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM. Colleen holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Delaware.
Jason Johnson | Assistant Maryland MESA Director
Jason Johnson is an author, award-winning STEM educator, and Assistant Director of APL's Maryland MESA Program. He is well known for his enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of best practices in STEM education, and he has written and directed grants focused on STEM integrated instruction. Johnson has a wealth of experience, having served as a middle and high school educator, educational consultant, and staff development presenter. He holds a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in educational technology from Concordia University. He has received numerous commendations for his creative and dynamic educational leadership, including Teacher of the Year Award (Lion's Club, 2010), Outstanding STEM Coach (MSO, 2008–2010), Vision of Character Award (Character Counts Council, 2008), Reach for the Stars Nominee (Women in Defense Council, 2008), and Teacher of the Year Nominee (Disney, 2006).
Monica Mean | STEM Program Specialist
Monica Mean is APL's STEM Program Specialist, overseeing the ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program, middle school tutoring, and the UNITE professional development program for STEM teachers. Before joining APL, Mean held positions in education policy at the American Institutes for Research and the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Mean has helped various states and districts implement education reform initiatives throughout the country in relation to STEM initiatives, teacher evaluation, student growth measures, Common Core curriculum, and assessments. She holds a B.S. in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California.
Paula Shelton | Executive Director for Maryland MESA
Paula Shelton is the Executive Director for Maryland MESA. Before joining APL, Shelton held positions in Prince George's County Schools as a science teacher and technology coordinator. In addition to her teaching experience, she served as the advisor and mentor for a National Society of Black Engineers Chapter and U.S. FIRST Robotics Team.
Shelton is a Fellow recipient of the Maryland Tech Academy and holds a B.S. degree from Howard University and a master's degree in education from University of Maryland University College. She is presently pursuing an MBA in human resource management and serves on advisory boards for the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education and Project Lead the Way for Baltimore Schools.