The EESC’s New Director

Carolyn is a maker and fixer who is comfortable dismantling car engines!

At the beginning of the last school year, I wrote to tell you that I was leaving the EESC to chase other adventures and explore new realms of creativity.

Finding a successor wasn’t easy. The next director had to be passionate about engineering education, resourceful, ambitious, upstanding, dependable, technologically savvy, and just all around a good person. After much talk with many people, I found Carolyn Helm. She is the perfect fit to carry the torch and make it burn brighter. She has what it takes to expand the activities, books, workshops, kits, fun stuff and everything else that will make the center a fantastic resource for everything related to engineering and STEM education.

Carolyn Helm has worked for the Southern Regional Education Board for the past 18 years. She helped to develop and grow Project Lead The Way from programs in 23 schools to thousands of middle and high schools across the country. Her current focus is assisting career and technical teachers and administrators to develop and sustain problem-based instruction and institute research-based best practices in CTE schools.

She has presented and conducted workshops at numerous national and state conferences including:

  • High Schools That Work
  • National Association of State Career and Technical Directors
  • National Association of School Superintendents
  • ACTE

Early in her career Carolyn designed facilities, curriculum models, and operational plans for both high school and middle school Model Engineering Academies. In fact, her granddaughter attended one of the middle school academies and decided to become an engineer! Carolyn’s variety of professional experiences such as electrical estimating and manufacturing engineering, along with her graduate degree in Educational Leadership as well as her innate love of “making things work” have made her uniquely qualified to take the helm at the Engineering Education Service Center.

You’ll still hear from me about once a month for most of this upcoming school year and you can still ask me questions about engineering careers.

I’m leaving you in very capable hands. Have no fear, Carolyn is here!