Panel of Northern Virginia school administrators to discuss STEM programs

Ashby Ponds resident STEM group will host representatives from Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church City, and Loudoun County Public Schools Wednesday, November 13 | 2:00 pm

WHAT:  The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) resident group at Ashby Ponds is sponsoring a panel of school administrators from four Northern Virginia school divisions to talk about their STEM and health education programs.  Panelists will include: 1)      Jim Egenrieder STEM Education Specialist STEM Education Office Arlington County Public Schools 2)      Scott Settar STEAM Resource Teacher Fairfax County Public Schools 3)      Anne-Marie Glynn, RN, M.Ed. Health and Medical Sciences Program Manager Manager/Director, Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing Fairfax County Public Schools 4)      Seidah Ashshaheed Principal Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Falls Church City Public Schools 5)      Brad Lands Instructional Technology Coach Falls Church City Public Schools 6)      Shirley L. Bazdar Director, Career and Technical & Adult Education Loudoun County Public Schools BACKGROUND: At a ribbon cutting for Virginia's 16th STEM academy in August, Governor Bob McDonnell said, "making sure Virginia's students have access to the best education possible is the single most important thing we can do to ensure their success in the future. In today's highly technical global economy, careers in science, technology, engineering and math are on the rise. In order for our students to be successful and fill rapidly expanding technical jobs, we must ensure mastery of the STEM subjects." Noting the importance of STEM education, Ashby Ponds resident Bob Squire launched a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) resident group at the community on May 14, 2013.  There are about 20 members of the group who meet on a monthly basis.  Most members have spent their careers in one or more of the STEM occupations and volunteer to talk about aspects of their careers at the STEM meetings.  Ashby Ponds resident Polly Liss has organized this STEM panel at the community.  For several years, Liss served (and still serves as an ex officio member) on the Arlington County Public Schools Citizens Advisory Committee on Career, Technology, and Adult Education. WHEN:  Wednesday, November 13 | 2:00 pm WHERE: Ashby Ponds Cardinal Clubhouse 21170 Ashby Ponds Boulevard Ashburn, VA 20147 CONTACT: If you'd like to cover this event, please contact Jessica McKay, Public Affairs Manager, at, 703-923-4690 (office), 703-472-0964 (cell), or via Twitter @JMcKay_Erickson.  Only media and Ashby Ponds residents and staff are invited to attend this event. About Ashby Ponds: Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.). The community is home to over 725 residents and has over 120 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options. More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at