State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, while speaking at the Alabama STEM Conference, named Dr. Sandy Ledwell as the new Alabama State STEM Director. Mackey complimented Dr. Ledwell on her interim leadership of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) and called her “the right person to lead AMSTI.”
Ledwell has a long history of STEM education. She has served as the AMSTI Science Coordinator for the past six years. Ledwell joined the Alabama State Department of Education in 2006 as a Science Education Specialist after a ten-year teaching career with Scottsboro City Schools.
Ledwell holds a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern. She earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Alabama.
Ledwell earned National Board Certification in 2000. She was selected as the Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher by ASTA in 2004, and was selected as a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2005. In 2013, she was named as an Outstanding Alumni from the University of Montevallo.
Ledwell believes that her first priority is to maintain the quality services AMSTI is known for providing, while at the same time expanding the focus to provide additional opportunities for students and teachers. She looks forward to advocating for STEM for all students.