Carmelina Livingston, Lead Education Specialist
Email: clivingston @s2temsc. org
Carmelina Livingston joined the S²TEM Centers SC in Charleston, SC in 2013 and is currently a Lead Education Specialist in partnership with the South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science (SCCMS). She serves as an action team leader for the South Carolina Grand Challenges in STEM and is the curator of STEMLinx. She has served as Associate Director for the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative and Director of the Charleston STEM Festival. Carmelina is thrilled to work closely with schools, districts, and business and industry communities in various stages of developing STEM professional learning workshops, and community partner programs and events.
Carmelina’s work effectively engages both global and community stakeholders to advocate, support and advance STEM awareness, interest and literacy, and workforce development through events such as STEM Education Month, iMAGINE STEAM Festivals and South Carolina Million Women Mentors, and community resources such as STEMLinx and social media communications. She is an active ambassador and facilitator of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Professional Development Community for engineering education workshops within South Carolina.
Prior to joining S²TEM Centers SC, Carmelina has been an elementary classroom teacher and a K-12 STEM leader in both formal and informal education settings for more than 35 years for the state of South Carolina. Carmelina received B.A. and M.Ed. degrees in Early Childhood, Science and Special Education from the University of South Carolina Upstate, the Citadel and College of Charleston. Her most honorable award was the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. The year-long fellowship brought an understanding of national level STEM research, policy, programs, and practices with the goal to communicate and collaborate resources with professionals and partners in South Carolina. She is a co-author of the book, Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, and her writing emphasizes building a foundation for successful STEM education with community partners and resources.
Carmelina’s joys in life include her family, friends, and her interest and fascination with cognitive learning, her love for the ocean and the environment, and her disposition to have fun in life!