Virginia STEAM Academy welcomes two new Board members
In March 2016, the board welcomed Louise Epstein and Troy Siemers. Louise is a board member and past president of the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG), a founder and budget chair of the Fairfax Education Coalition, a board member and chair of the Education & Youth Committee of the McLean Citizens Association, and an adviser to Class Size Counts-Fairfax. Before Louise’s children graduated from high school, Louise served on the Fairfax County School Board’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, as PTSA president for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJHSST), as president of the TJHSST Academic Boosters, and as a Northern Virginia Schools & Scholarships Committee chair for the Harvard College admissions office. Louise worked as a tax lawyer for fifteen years before becoming a full-time volunteer on education-related groups and efforts.
Since 1999, Troy has been affiliated with the Virginia Military Institute. In 2008, Troy was named Head of VMI’s Applied Mathematics Department. He has contributed to the university’s New Faculty Orientation, Curriculum and Instruction, and Academic Planning and Review committees, and has led the committee for compiling the SACS Compliance Certification report as part of the 10-year reaccreditation cycle with SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). He has authored Matlab and Mathcad, and been the contributing author to Calculus 1, Calculus 2, and Calculus 3, all texts used in VMI classes as part of the Affordable Print and Electronic textbook (APEX) consortium at VMI and other schools. Troy has published as co-author on papers in/on: an automated parking patent, timing jitters in lasers, and game theory, and has co-authored manuscripts and/or given presentations on protein structure, immigration modeling, and liquid crystals.