Being a Mechanical Engineer is the Best Feeling in the World
Dr. Natoshia Anderson, STEM Program Director for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and CEO of Smart STEM, LLC., has a genuine love of teaching and learning and is fully vested in the advancement of STEM Education. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. She went on earn an MBA with a specialization in Marketing in 2006 and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in 2010 from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation is entitled, “An Analysis of African American Gifted Girls’ Achievements in Mathematics and Science Classes.” She worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer for eight years before entering the world of education.
As a Mechanical Design Engineer, she was charged with designing HVAC, piping, plumbing, and fire alarm systems for business, educational, and military installations all throughout the Southeastern states. She has also worked with outreach organizations (SWE and ASME) and clubs to increase awareness of STEM and specifically engineering opportunities for minority youth. She left the engineering profession in 2004 to become a full-time High School Mathematics Teacher.
She served as the Team Lead for the Freshman Academy, while being a 1st year teacher. She also worked to achieve the gifted certification, while teaching the advanced students over the next two year. While teaching high school math, she started Homework Help for Parents. This Saturday program assisted parents in being able to help their student(s) in mathematics at home. The program gave parents simple tips and refreshers on simple mathematical techniques and procedures
In October of 2006, Natoshia begin her career in higher education, becoming the Engineering Technology and CAD Instructor at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. In 2010, She was awarded the Rick Perkins Awards, as the most outstanding Instructor at the college. She was promoted to Georgia Piedmont’s Director of STEM Initiatives in 2013. As STEM Director, Dr. Natoshia has written several grants to provide scholarships for students pursuing STEM majors at GPTC and to be able to offer innovative programming for minority and female students in STEM majors. She continues works with the Department of Education in STEM Certification for schools across the state and has been instrumental in the development of professional development materials for teachers.
She has consistently worked with other in the city to advance STEM education for all students. She loves to motivate and inspire women and young girls and works to be a good role model for them. Her research focus is on Black and Brown female experiences in K-12, postsecondary and professional arenas. She also has a focus on Black and Brown gifted women and experiences within STEM careers.