Yvonne Spicer, DTE
Yvonne Spicer, DTE

Dr. Yvonne Spicer is a national and international leader and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. In 2012, the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) honored Spicer as a Distinguished Technology Educator (DTE).  In 2013, she received the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers' Russell P. Stanhope Distinguished Friend of Science Award for outstanding contributions to science education. In May 2016, the trail-blazing educator received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Concerned by how many children in the U.S. "are shut out of technology and engineering workforce," Spicer makes a compelling case for closing the women & underrepresented minority gap in technology and engineering and leadership.

With expertise in technology and engineering education standards development, assessment, and strategic leadership, Spicer served on the steering committee for the frontrunner of the first national assessment for technology and engineering literacy in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). She also served on the technology and engineering design team for the National Research Council (NRC) "Next Generation": Framework for Science Education which was approved in July, 2011.

In January 2010, Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council by Governor Deval Patrick as the co-chair of the council's teacher development committee. Reappointed in 2017, to the32 member council by Governor Charlie Baker and serves on the Computer Science & Engineering and Career Pathways committees.  Dr. Spicer was instrumental in establishing the 2001 Massachusetts technology/ engineering curriculum framework and the first ever K-12 assessment for technology & engineering. She has also served as an advisor/content expert to the National Governors Association. Dr. Spicer has been a consultant to numerous states on technology & engineering standards, strategic leadership development and business engagement.

To round out her experience in community & civic engagement, business partnerships, and fiscal management, Dr. Spicer currently serves on the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts Office of the Treasurer Economic Empowerment Trust Fund and as a Town Meeting Member representing Precinct 6 in Framingham, MA and serving on the Standing Committee for Ways & Means. The goal being to build capacity for sustainable economic growth locally and statewide in Massachusetts. 

Dr. Spicer is the 2017 President-Elect to the International Technology Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) an international organization designed to build capacity for technology and engineering education globally working with K-12, higher education and business and industry. In her current position, a non-profit organization the Museum of Science, National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) has:

  • Since 2004 has raised 55 million dollars to support NCTL initiatives, and in October 2016  the Museum of Science  received a 50 million dollar gift from the Michael Bloomberg Foundation
  • Cultivated partnerships that are intellectually and financially beneficial such as  publishing, joint collaborations and funding opportunities
  • Built an advisory strategic team that is championed by a subset of the Board of Trustees/Overseers to support fundraising and programming
  • Global outreach and partnership work that build collaboration with multiple countries

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Spicer loved taking things apart. “I was a tinkerer, right next to my Dad changing the car oil filter.” Graduating in 1980 from Brooklyn Technical High School, she developed a passion for architecture and building structures from drawings.  Spicer accepted a scholarship to attend the State University of New York-Oswego, graduating with a B.S. in industrial arts & technology in 1984 and an M.S. in technology education in 1985. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2004.

Dr. Spicer’s honors include selection by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration in 2000 to participate in an aerospace engineering program for technology educators. Named Framingham State’s Global Education Teacher of the Year in 1993, she also received the Anti-Defamation League’s 1995 “A World of Difference” Teacher Incentive Award and was named one of 2009's ten "Women to Watch” by Mass High Tech: the Journal of New England Technology. She has presented numerous keynote addresses at education, business, religious and non-profit conferences and meetings.

A 32-year Framingham, Massachusetts resident, Spicer is an avid New England Patriots fan and loves to travel, heading for the ocean to “soothe my spirit.”