On June 29, 2015, Maria L. Crowe will speak at the Technical Society of Knoxville(TSK) weekly luncheon on the importance of STEM education and how TSK can support STEM activities.
Maria is an algebra and geometry teacher at the newest Knox County High School, the Career Magnet Academy. Last year, during CMA’s first year of existence, Maria started a USFIRST Robotics team that successfully competed at the Smokey Mountain Regionals, Knoxville, earlier this year. Maria is also a faculty representative of CMA’s advanced manufacturing pathway, that seeks to prepare CMA freshmen for advanced manufacturing opportunities in the local area.
Maria has a B.S., General Engineering, from the U.S. Naval Academy (class of ’88), and an M.S., Engineering Management, George Washington University. She spent seven years on active duty, serving in various information systems management positions with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as a contracting officer, National Defense University (NDU) as an assistant professor of systems management, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Operations Support Division as a program manager for the evolution of the outdated Worldwide Military Command and Control System (WWMMCS) to the new Operation Support System (OSS), the primary DoD Joint Command and Control Information System.
After spending 15 years homeschooling three children and teaching physics and chemistry at various homeschool co-ops, Maria was hired last April to teach math at CMA.
She moved to Knoxville with her husband and children in July 2011, and continues to pursue a passion to provide STEM opportunities to students, to better prepare them for the growing number of jobs in technology in the Knoxville area.