Maryann Wolowiec, President of IEL Educational Consulting L.L.C works to create tomorrow’s thought leaders and thinkers. She is recognized for her leadership in developing schools focused on students attaining 21st century skills, such as, creativity, inventive thinking, critical thinking and problem solving, through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In 2007 Maryann began creating and supporting the development of STEM schools and programs. Her experiences in business and education prepared her well to lead a partnership of city, public school, university, non-profit and business, to develop the National Inventors Hall of Fame School…Center for STEM Learning. The efforts she led created the first STEM middle school. This school was the only school referenced in the Newsweek, July 2010 report on The Creativity Crisis. Three years later Maryann led the efforts to open the National Inventors Hall of Fame® High School, which opened in August 2012.
Wolowiec served as Vice President of Educational Content and Program Development for Invent Now, which is recognized for its national enrichment program, Camp Invention. Maryann has had a career filled with relevant experiences from her days as a pharmaceutical industry chemical information scientist, a high school science teacher, a school district administrator, including superintendent at a high achieving Ohio preK-12 public school district. Following earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Maryann pursued a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction becoming a math specialist, with a focus on student learning. She put that focus into practice teaching high school science and with her university undergraduate and graduate teaching of mathematics methods.
Maryann presents at national, state and local conferences, including ASCD, NSTA, OCTM and eTech Ohio conferences. Some of her recent work was published as a chapter in the NSTA Exemplary Science Programs (ESP) Monograph #8 (2012). Maryann has shared her knowledge and experiences in STEM education on Northeast Ohio Public Radio Ideastream and on Time Warner Cable Forum 360.