Alicia Roberts

Alicia Roberts

STEM Director K-12 / Instructional Technology

  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • 480.215.4460


Alicia Roberts is currently the STEM Director at Foothills Academy College Preparatory a K-12 school in north Scottsdale, Arizona, and a Grand Canyon University Educational Developmental Source consultant working nationally with districts, schools and teachers to support successful implementation of  Project Based Learning, Instructional Technology and STEM projects related to the Common Core State Standards, and National Educational Standards. Alicia successfully designs sustainable IT plans and secures funding for 21st Century classrooms. She collaborates with leaders in the industry to design curriculum and workshops that provide opportunities to use technology in ways that are real, impactful, global, honoring passion and amplifying talent.

Alicia has over 20 years of experience in education including work with the CT Science Center, Temecula Valley School District, Cave Creek Unified School District and Shepherd of the Desert. She is proud of the fact that in 2012 she help lead Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory to Excelling Status and recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Integration the very first year the high school sought accreditation. She holds an MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix with and emphasis in Technology.

Work History

Work experience

Director of STEM

Foothills Academy College Preparatory
2015 - Present

STEM Director, Instructional Technology Specialist and Teacher -

Providing exceptionally strong leadership and oversight for K-12 STEM programs. Ensuring that STEM programs are meeting and surpassing the goals of STEM education and its relationship to college and careers. Developing productive relationships with principals and teachers. Accurately assessing resource needs that will support STEM education.

Establishing partnerships with businesses and organizations and cultivating existing ones to ensure that resources are secured and effectively distributed. Ensuring that the broader community develop an increased awareness of the need for STEM schools and programs. Providing statewide leadership in developing and expanding STEM opportunities and programs, including policy development. Serving as liaison to the Arizona State Board of Education, universities and other organizations that support STEM education.

Educational Technologist and Curriculum Specialist

Paradise Valley Christian Preparatroy
2009 - Present

STEM Coordinator, Instructional Technology Specialist and Teacher - Building interdisciplinary connections across grade levels to organize and embed  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) units through the successful integration of creative, collaborative, rigor  based activities throughout the K-12 experience.

Providing opportunities aligned to specific technologies for the purpose of promoting high-tech learning, to help ensure students gain the necessary edge to compete and succeed in the global economy.  

Elementary Math Teacher, and Financial Literacy Educator for high school

Curriculum Specialist - responsible for designing curriculum for K-12 technology, financial literacy (high school), elementary math and STEM. Providing ongoing refinement and alignment to changes in the development of curriculum throughout the year.

IT Specialist responsible for designing sustainable IT plans and funding for 21st Century classrooms

EDS Educational Development & Support

Grand Canyon University
2012 - Present

Providing learning and professional growth opportunities for administrators, educators and staff, including professional development, guest lectures, consultations, and mentoring. 

Designing workshops that transform teaching using current pedagogies, technology tools, and global collaboration to create standards-aligned, technology rich, online, collaborative, cross-cultural learning experiences that enhance 21st century student engagement.

Educational Technologist / Curriculum Specialist

Teach 2 Inspire LLC
2008 - Present

Providing curriculum design and STEM support for K-12 classrooms using a defined  framework that seeks to capture the essential qualities of knowledge required and perspective for effective technology integration into teaching and learning while addressing the social and connected nature of the changing educational landscape.

Financial Management

2004 - 2006

Provided premier services and investment guidance to  high net worth clients through relationship management and knowledge of the financial markets.

Science Teacher

Cave Creek Unified School District
1998 - 2003

Provided instructions for middle school students in science.  Developed curriculum and teaching outlines using the district’s adopted course of study and instructional program guidelines. 

Provided professional development to district: Teaching and Learning Council; Curriculum Development; Professional Teaching Standards/Quality Tools; Sciecne Olympiad; Project ALERT; Increasing Student Responsibility For Learning Through Data Collections



M.A. Curriculum & Instruction

Phoenix University
2008 - 2010

Masters In Curriculum and Instruction

Teaching Certification

National University
1993 - 1995

Educational Graduate Studies

Bachelor of Arts

St. Mary's College of California
1980 - 1984

Diversified Liberal Arts

Certification & Professional Memberships

  • ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)
  • AZ Department of Education K-8 Certification
  • Essential Elements of Instruction
  • Professional Teaching Standards/Quality Tools
  • Science Olympiad Summer Institute Leadership Program
  • Love & Logic
  • STEM Education Coalition
  • NSTA (National Science Teacher Association)
  • NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children)
  • AzTEA (Arizona Technology in Education Association)

professional leadership & Experience

  • Trainer and Project ManagerTeaching & Learning Council - CCUSD
  • Curriculum & Development Coordinator - CCUSD
  • Science Olympiad Instructor/Team Leader
  • Project Manager Ensworth Grant/Science Center of CT
  • Curriculum development & implementation of Criteria for Performance Excellence
  • Professional Teaching Standards/Quality Tools Workshop; Represented CCUSD at National Quality Improvement Conferences; presented Increasing Student Responsibility for Learning Through Data



I believe learning is a lifelong journey. I speak, write, and guide organizations to harness the power of collaboration, communication and social technology through  inspiring, uplifting, empowering, and actionable workshops. Here is what participants have to say...

Congratulations. What a great way to get schools, families and students involved with GCU.

Brian Mueller                                                                                                                                                                                                                       President and Chief Executive Officer                                                                                                                                                                          Grand Canyon University

I would like to just say a big "thank you" from Sunridge!  This experience has been first class, well-organized, and a pleasure to be a part of.  Your staff has been amazing and wonderfully accommodating.

I personally feel that this PBL experience has energized my love of teaching!  I am encouraged to value discovery and research, rather than "spoon feeding" their day.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Barbara Quiroga                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sunridge Elementary

At the Science Center, we work with tens of thousands of young people providing hands-on interactive science-relate experiences that promote long-range interest in the various sciences. Alicia has been second to none in her enthusiastic approach to teaching, her initiative in taking on curriculum development responsibilities, and her ability to make the learning experience both fascinating and fun.

Edward J. Forand Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Operations Director                                                                                                                                                                                                            Science Center of Connecticut


As an administrator I appreciate the strong child advocate which Mrs. Roberts has become known for at Shepherd of the Desert.  Mrs. Roberts has provided  appropriate  curriculum based material which  supports our students in their academic growth. She has given us interactive classroom activities and new strategies and opportunities for varying academic levels. 

Andy Benscoter                                                                                                                                                                                                                Principal, Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran School