Zachary Shelton as the Director and Founder of STEM exCEL is at the helm of STEM exCEL bringing innovative, value added and creative solutions to STEM education across Virginia. With an extensive experience in business and a strong commitment to quality and partnerships, His desire to provide the highest quality programs and services to all partners and potential partners is what drives every facet of the STEM exCEL team. Mr. Shelton holds an MBA from The University of Maryland College Park and has over 10 years experience in Leadership and Business Management.
Iliana Vazuka drives STEM exCEL forward by ensuring that every instructor is trained and prepared to deliver their best in the programs they teach. From training instructors on our progressive operational procedures, to working with STEM experts to develop some of the most innovative curricula available in STEM enrichment programs, Ms. Vazuka ensures that the STEM exCEL team is at its best every day. Ms. Vazuka holds a BFA in Computer Game Design from George Mason University, has been programming for ten years, and has held various operations and leadership roles in STEM fields for five years and counting.
James Arnett is our Logistics Manager. In addition to ensure that all our trains run on time, he is responsible for ensuring that our parents are supported behind the scenes, ensuring absences are immediately followed up on, equipment is organized and that our instructors have all the materials they need to provide our STEM exCEL programs. From working on senior level technology troubleshooting, to instructor training and logistics managment, Mr. Arnett is a core part of our team. Mr. Arnett holds a BFA in Computer Game Design and has held several leadership and STEM field related positions in the last 2 years.
Lou LePore works with our In Office Support Team to ensure that all IT matters are handled efficiently and completely. He is also responsible for various processes and developing, changing and updating new processes to help ensure that STEM exCEL’s programs are being delivered at the highest quality possible. Mr. LePore holds a BFA in Computer Game Design from George Mason University and has held various administrative, IT and leaderships roles for the last 3 years.
The STEM exCEL Difference
STEM exCEL is a pioneer in all it’s programs and services. In addition to expanding the use of existing technology, STEM exCEL is consistently looking for new innovative technologies that will assist our students in not only learning the newest systems and programs available, but also provide them a diverse education in a safe and nurturing environment.
STEM exCEL prides itself on having a perfect track record. After 4 years, we have never cancelled a class due to an absent instructor, and we have never been late to a class. We don’t believe in overstaffing, we do believe in staffing correctly. This not only allows our partner PTA’s and PTOS’s the ability to be secure in working with us, but it provides the students with a diverse teaching team for each and every course, allowing our students more exposure to more STEM skill sets and provides additional classroom management and security for our students.
We at STEM exCEL truly believe that STEM education is an important skill set not just for our current society and out current job market but also for the future market and the current shifts our society is taking. With this in mind, we want to ensure that our students not only learn our curriculum but also are provided with enough support that they gain confidence with the material, they understand and can apply the new knowledge they are learning or are deepening their existing knowledge. As such, we ensure that we provide a low student instructor ratio at all times. Our average ratio is 8:1 which allows students to not only learn multiple methods and philosophies but also to ensure students have professional support from their instructor, and with the low ratio, students feel comfortable and at ease to be open and ask for help.