Aaron L. Smith, Ph.D. Bridging Academia & Business together to build a robust Workforce
There is a lot you may not know about Aaron. Today, Aaron Smith enjoys active leadership of one of Virginia’s most visible and awarded STEM schools.
He leads Newport News, Virginia’s Denbigh High School Aviation Academy, with classrooms and laboratories at the Newport News Williamsburg International Airport, a school with affiliations to major business and industry throughout the region.
The magnet STEM school has received national recognition from hosting a live downlink with the astronauts on board the International Space Station to becoming a PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) School by the Society of Manufactured Engineers Education Foundation. Students can learn to fly, learn aircraft maintenance, airport management, air traffic control, and other aviation electives. Students are building an airplane in the terminal.
Aaron’s books reveal his passion for STEM education and workforce development.
His first book, Awakening Your STEM School enables educators and business leaders to take their current school and modernize it into an elite STEM site.
Blank Check: What If You Were Asked To Reinvent Public Education is his Young Adult novel about a quest to build the perfect public school.
A 2008 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Dr. Aaron L. Smith has over two decades of experience in the classroom as a mathematics teacher and administrator. His dissertation focused on comparing alternative teaching certification routes to that of traditional teaching certification in conjunction to SOL results.
Aaron has developed a passion for workplace readiness and STEM where he has shared his knowledge as an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University.
His passion for learning includes:
- Understanding and developing solutions for distance learning
- Advancing STEM initiatives
- Bridging academia to the business world
- Sharing his expertise in areas such as autonomous learning and the Future of Work.
He received the WHRO Public Television’s Technology Administrator Award and the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center.
You are invited to check out his business profile to get more insight on how he can help your organization advance your priorities.