Marie Steckelberg, EdD, has a proven record of professionalism, leadership, organization, coordination, and grant writing abilities. Her background includes K-12 education, teaching science education at The University of South Dakota, writing grants, providing professional development in leadership, grant writing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), and designing, implementing and coordinating workshops, institutes, conferences and programs.
Marie has a keen ability to work with and develop relationships with a variety of local, state, regional and national agencies. This is demonstrated by the successful organization and facilitation of the Rising Star Educator Program, SD NASA Summer of Innovation Program, SD Regional Grant Professionals Conferences, JAMES Project Institutes, State Science Olympiad Tournaments, regional Chronic Kidney Disease Update conferences, and Certified Nursing Institutes. Marie organized and facilitated the first Scrubs Camp held in Yankton, SD. It was so successful that it is recommended as a model for other Scrubs Camps in the state.
The ability to develop collaborative relations contributes to Marie’s success in writing grants and managing the grant funded programs. Marie’s ability to write successful grant applications is evident in that she has secured nearly $3,000,000 in grants from federal, state, foundation, and private sources.
Marie has presented at international, national, regional and state levels; Published articles; Mentored teachers and business leaders on instructional design; Awarded South Dakota Science Teachers Association Service Award; Co-designed and facilitated leadership development programs; Co-designed, implemented and managed STEM professional development programs; and conducted focus groups.
Marie’s current portfolio includes coordinating the Rising Star Educator Program and the NASA South Dakota Summer of Innovation project for the SD Discovery Center, facilitating meetings to develop a STEM Ecosystem for Educators, organizing and facilitating STEM and grant writing professional workshops, presentations to non-profits, and identifying grant funding sources and writing grants for non-profit agencies.
Marie lives in Yankton, SD, is chair of the Business Education Development Committee of the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, board member of Yankton Interchange, is a certified trainer for the GLOBE Program and a certified teacher educator for Engineering is Elementary. She was a member of the SD State Science Standards Workgroup when SD revised its science standards.