Dr. Aaron L. Smith is an author, an active and leading STEM school director, and a professional speaker with expertise in workplace readiness. Aaron assists schools, corporate supporters, and community leaders to collaborate so education professionals understand the needs of the businesses. Aaron is also the author of Awakening Your STEM School, and newly released Blank Check: What if you were asked to re-invent public education, a Young Adult novel designed to inspire a new generation (and the current generation) to become involved with fixing the public school system in America. He joins forces with Lucia Harper to bring workforce development and implementation to a whole new level. Their work is on YouTube and is called The Brain STEMS where they discuss key topics from culture competency, collaboration, critical thinking to bridging education to industry. Graduating from Old Dominion University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Aaron has over two decades of experience in the classroom as a mathematics teacher and administrator. Highlights include the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center to earning the State Partnership Award from the Virginia Department of Education. Besides the numerous accolades, Dr. Aaron L. Smith’s proudest achievements are being married to his wife and being a dad to his three kids who challenge him to reach for the stars every day.