Director of Programming
Tim Sisson is an experienced educational leader committed to bringing access and equity to students who lack exposure to and use of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). He has diverse educational and career experiences as a microbiologist, a school district and higher education educator and administrator, and a community advocate.
Sisson is currently the Director of Programming for Argonaut – a position that allows him to continue his efforts as a servant leader dedicated to expanding STEM learning and careers, providing the necessary supports and professional experiences to teachers, all to prepare students for careers and life in the 21st Century global society. Argonaut is the vehicle through which he works for the advancement of STEM learning opportunities that promotes a more prosperous and sustainable community. He joined the Argonaut team in September 2021.
Prior to entering his career in education, Sisson’s professional experiences included investigation of disease factors and potential vaccine candidates associated with otitis media (ear infections) as well as positions in biological manufacturing, research and development, and quality control. Throughout his academic and professional experiences, he found himself engaged in promoting the development of others. It was his strong interest in science and passion for life-long learning that led him to education where he has championed STEM education in northeast Ohio for the more than a fifteen-years.
Sisson’s previous collaborations included working with CMSD’s Orchard STEM School and John Marshall School of Information Technology to earn designation as a recognized State of Ohio STEM school in 2018 and 2019 respectively, vice president of the governing board for the Bio-Med Science Academy, and contributor to the development of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Middle School for STEM. He has contributed to the implementation of approximately more than $8 million of grant funding to increase access and equity of STEM education through diverse partnerships among higher education, K-12 school districts, industry and non-profit organizations. Working with the Ohio Department of Education he has also led statewide efforts through the Computer Science Advisory Committee focused upon the adoption of new state standards for K-12 computer science and teacher professional development and credentialing. He has presented at numerous professional conferences and workshops sponsored by the STEM Learning Ecosystems, Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), Ohio Learning Network (OLN), Computer Science for All (CSforALL), Infosystems Foundation, STEM Learning Ecosystems, and Counterpart International.
Sisson began his post-secondary education at Ohio University, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry in 2000, and a Master’s of Science in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Akron in 2007. In 2017-18, he was part of the inaugural cohort of the LEAD STEM Fellowship through the STEM Learning Ecosystems.