Founder and CEO
Modupe Olafunmiloye is a former public school Educator, who taught High School Biology (HSA) and General Science in middle school for several years. She earned a Master’s degree in Cellular Parasitology /Molecular Biology and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. Before changing her career to become an educator, Modupe worked as a graduate assistant in the academic environment for four years with experience in cellular and molecular biology techniques and research. She currently holds a Maryland State Teaching Certificate (APC/dual) in Biology and Special Education (K-12).
During her teaching career, she realized the need for all students to have access to real-world Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In order to encourage and spark the interest of students in the area of STEM, she sponsored after-school clubs for robotics, environmental science, and national STEM competitions. There, students were able to collaborate and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to unravel real-world problems within the community.
Her STEM club won multiple Maryland State competitions and got recognition from the sponsors, parents and administrators. Modupe sees the necessity to reach out to all students, including the underrepresented in the underserved communities by providing access to engaging scientific and technological activities. Her goal is to spark students’ interest in STEM academic and career pursuits. Upon leaving the teaching profession, her passion for STEM and her dedication to her students led her to a God-inspired vision and the birth of STEMWonders Education and Enrichment. STEMWonders is a unique environment where students are exposed to hands-on STEM as a fun, engaging, and exciting quest.
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Beth Novick is an exemplary and highly effective Educator with several years of experience. She is equipped with an extensive knowledge of strategies and techniques that enhance students/teachers’ academic and social growth. In the public school system, Beth has received several awards and recognition for contributing to the Gifted Education, and for impacting the lives of students. Beth Novick demonstrates an exceptional leadership role towards the design, development and implementation of several school and district projects. Such projects include the Green School Application process; Expansion of the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program; Establishing school partnerships with North Bay, Camp Schmidt, Johns Hopkins, etc. She has also coordinated school and district events above and beyond contractual obligations such as First Lego League Competitions, Future Cities Project/Competition, working with the PTA, etc.
Beth Novick collaborates regularly with teachers to share academic resources, provide extra support where it’s needed, and models effective teaching techniques. She supports teachers’ continuous professional learning by linking school-based professional communities with external professional development opportunities within the district and the state. Such opportunities provide new advances in knowledge, new tools and materials, knowledge of diverse students, networks, partnerships, and subject matter experts (SME) contacts. Beth organizes and promotes activities that focus on teaching and learning of teachers, parents and students.
One of Beth Novick’s goal is to work with educators to design effective project-based learning experiences as a way to develop global competence in middle school students. She works collaboratively with other school staff to create optimal learning experiences for students of all abilities. She establishes strong relationships and partnerships with parents and other community members. She currently supervises students from local universities who are enrolled in education programs. She enjoys writing and managing grants for projects that support program initiatives. The influence of Beth Novick’s dynamic experience and expertise in and outside of the school system is considered a unique resource to STEMWonders! Beth Novick continues to inspire all students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers in a changing world.
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Falayi Adu is an accomplished professional with proven managerial and financial proficiency. He has extensive experience in small business, non-profit, and public entity accounting, budgeting, financial and economic impact analysis, business plan development, and proposal writing. Falayi is an innovative problem solver with excellent communication skills. He has advanced skills in budgeting and accounting software including Oracle, QuickBooks, spreadsheet functions, text processing, database management, and presentation software. Falayi is the Director of Financial Operations and Information Management of a Non-Profit organization in Virginia. Falayi Adu’s knowledge and expertise will help with STEMWonders’ general governance and managerial mechanisms.
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