Over the course of her 15 years in education, Cope Middle School teacher Elizabeth Vance can be credited
with flipping on the switch for scores of students in her seventh grade science classes and as a teacher mentor
with STARBASE 2.0. She has served as an inspiration for many and will soon be sharing her passion for
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a national audience.
Vance has been selected as a Department of Defense STEM Ambassador by the Defense Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Consortium (DSEC), which amounts to a $20,000 awards package
that includes an educator stipend, classroom materials and supplies and professional development.
Recommended by Jon Ownby with CYBER.org, the academic initiative of Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier
City, Vance will work virtually with other educators from around the United States in partnership with DSEC to
advance STEM outreach. As a member of this prestigious cohort, Vance will help create and curate resources
to support educators nationwide in the implementation of high quality STEM learning for all students.
DSEC focuses on broadening STEM literacy and developing a diverse and agile workforce with the technical
expertise needed for national defense.
“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to collaborate with fellow teachers from around the United States,” Vance said.
“I can’t wait to work with these educators to develop meaningful STEM lessons and curriculum to benefit all