Discovery Education names new director of global STEM initiatives

Discovery Education has named Dr. Cindy Moss director of global STEM initiatives, responsible for designing, developing and implementing comprehensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives. With more than 25 years of experience in education and STEM, Dr. Moss will be Discovery Education’s STEM ambassador, partnering with organizations that set the vision and national policy for STEM education.

In addition to developing new initiatives, Dr. Moss also will help expand Discovery Education’s current STEM programs, including the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, among others.

Dr. Moss joins Discovery Education from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), where she was director of STEM for the district. In that position, she led the district’s efforts to improve science teaching. She was responsible for overseeing STEM curriculum for more than 130,000 students. Under her leadership, CMS teachers earned national awards and schools partnered with businesses to provide real-world STEM lessons for students. Prior to leading STEM education for CMS, Dr. Moss taught biology, chemistry and other high school science courses.

Among her many achievements, Dr. Moss was recognized with the North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Administrator Award in 2010. She also was recognized with a 2010 Woman of Distinction in STEM Award from the Charlotte Girl Scouts, and in 2001, she won a $25,000 National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. Dr. Moss has given presentations across the globe on best practices in science teaching and authored numerous articles, textbook chapters and books for the National Parks Service and the National Science Teachers Association. She is a member of the National Council of Supervisors of Math and the Urban Math Leaders Network, among many other STEM-related organizations.

Dr. Moss holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in science from Syracuse University. She also holds a doctorate in science curriculum and instruction from the Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.