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Full Name
Laura Avendano
School/Organization
CSU Dominguez Hills - Foundation
Job Title
Director of STEM Education and Teacher Development
State
Current Role
Program Affiliation: Other
Federally funded teacher preparation programs
Bio

Ms. Avendano is currently the Director of STEM Education and Teacher Development for the California STEM Institute for Innovation & Improvement (CSI3) and the Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) on campus. She has had the opportunity to teach Teacher Education courses at the California State University of Dominguez Hills. Ms. Avendano has extensive experience in all levels of education; having taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level, as well as, higher education courses. Ms. Avendano alumna of CSU Dominguez Hills where she received my B.A. in Liberal Studies, a Minor in Mathematics, and obtained a Single Subject Teaching Credential. She has a M.A. from Concordia University of Irvine in Educational Leadership. After teaching K-12, she joined the California STEM Institute and Center for Innovation in STEM Education Team where she first served as the Administrator for the STEM Lab School which provides teacher candidates, in various federal grant-funded teacher preparation programs, with an innovative clinical experience designed to train new teachers and to serve inter-city, under-served K-12 schools. Her years working for Institutes of Higher Education has provided her with extensive experience supervising, observing, and evaluating teachers in the classroom in order to identify areas of strength and growth. Leading in transforming STEM Education, Ms. Avendano has led the development and establishment a five Mobile Fabrication Labs and successfully integrated 3D printers, Vinyl Cutters, Laser Cutters, CNC Routers, and Electronic Labs into interdisciplinary, project-based, STEM Curriculum for K-16 students. She has been personally acknowledged by the CSU Chancellors Office for her contributions to STEM Education and dedication to increasing the representation of women and minorities in STEM Fields.  In Fall 2020, she will be leading the Toyota STEM Lab at Cal State University after helping to secure a generous gift of over 4 million dollars from Toyota USA that will provide the CSU Dominguez Hills campus with its own, stationery, Fabrication Lab within a new science building.