A former Director at the Great Lakes Science Center with a M.S. in Conservation Biology, Amanda’s primary focus is creating high quality, student-led experiences, robust staff training, and innovative, career-focused curricula within the STEM Academy.
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Amanda M. Whitener is the Program Manager of STEM Programs at Envision. In her role, she develops immersive programs for students who want to make the most of school work, college studies and careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.
Whitener also works with universities and other organizations to develop cutting-edge content and find leading experts for Envision’s STEM programs, including the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Explore STEM, NYLF Medicine, NYLF Engineering & Technology and NYLF Advanced Medicine. Prior to joining Envision, Amanda served as Director of Visitor and School Engagement at Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH.
She holds an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Illinois State University, where her graduate work included conservation biology, plant identification, plant and restoration ecology, geographic information systems, and biostatistics. Whitener also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH.
With multiple graduate degrees and the ability to work in up to 30 languages, Andrew directs Envision’s academic strategy and oversees the development of faculty, curriculum, methods, and pedagogy of experiential learning for students in grades four through post-secondary.
Andrew H. Potter is the Chief Academic Officer at Envision, one of the nation’s leading college and career readiness organizations. In this role, he directs the organization’s academic strategy and oversees the development of faculty, curriculum, methods, and pedagogy that provide learning experiences designed to deliver tangible college and career success multipliers for over 25,000 students in grades four through post-secondary each year.
A thought leader on federal education policy, education landscape strategy, student engagement, and emerging college and career trajectories, Andrew is a frequent presenter at K-20 educational institutions and national professional education organizations across the country. He has presented at national conferences such as the National School Board Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the Cushing Academy Symposium, the International Assembly for NCSS, the Association for Middle Level Education, and the Association for Experiential Education among others.
Active in state and federal education policy, Andrew holds a delegate position with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), serving a second three year term on their Government Relations Committee, recently holding the role as Chairman. He has worked to develop state level advocacy platforms in support of college, career and civic readiness, while also designing programming to support K-12 college and career readiness mandates in districts like the Rochester City School District (NY), Duval County Public Schools (FL), and the New York City Department of Education among others.
Andrew taught at the university and high school level for over a decade offering courses in economics, philosophy, history, and politics. He holds a B.A. in History, a M.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations with a minor in Modern Europe from Cal State University, and a M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, while completing additional work in Semitic Languages at the University of Judaism in Bel Air.
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Holding a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and having served on the National Science Teachers Association Committee on College Science Teaching, Dr. Sikorsky is responsible for the science and skills development programs, where under his leadership, Envision’s product offerings have hosted more than 100,000 students.
Dr. Jan Sikorsky is a vice president of Product Planning & Development at Envision. Dr. Sikorsky has been with Envision and LeadAmerica, now part of Envision, for more than ten years, holding a number of positions including vice president of education and director of academics responsible for science and skills development programs. Under his leadership, Envision’s product offerings have hosted more than 100,000 students, providing in-depth looks into future academic and career success. In addition to his work at Envision, Dr. Sikorsky has held a number of adjunct faculty appointments including at Florida International University, where he’s currently facilitates a fully online graduate level course in Forensic Biology.
Dr. Sikorsky actively promotes quality teaching practices in science across the K-20 education continuum; having served on the National Science Teachers Association Committee on College Science Teaching – a committee charged with improving teaching practices of NSTA’s more than five thousand college educators.
Dr. Sikorsky holds his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and M.S. in Forensic Science from Marshall University, as well a B.S. in Medical Technology from Michigan State University.