Orlando Sharpe, STEM Program Director, YMCA Community Development & STEMpact Facilitator
Orlando is the Program Director for YMCA Community Literacy STEM programs serving the Gateway Region. In this position, Orlando works in collaboration with schools and community partners to create opportunities in the developing STEM ecosystem. With more than 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher and technology specialist, he has developed technology curriculum and delivered high quality professional development for technology instruction/integration.
Orlando continues to look for exciting life-long learning opportunities and holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Harris Stowe State University as well as a MBA from Fontbonne University. Over the past three years, Orlando has worked with the STEM Teacher Quality Institute to enhance teacher quality in STE(a)M education and regularly participates in various local opportunities to develop skills and build capacities in STE(a)M Education and Community/Youth programs. His love of technology and innovation inspires his exploration of a diverse range of topics and adventures. From LEGO Robotics to Cardboard Prototyping, Orlando actively participates in the Maker Movement collaborating with other makers and artists to develop projects and ideas. Orlando’s passion for innovation, education and technology is only matched by his sense of family and community.
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Gateway Region YMCA
326 South 21st Street, 4th Floor
St. Louis, Missouri 63103