Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world -class curriculum, high-quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities, and professionals. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. PLTW also offers students the chance to gain college credit at participating engineering and technical schools. Please see the Project Lead The Way website for more information. WWW.PLTW.ORG

Ponaganset High School
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Partnership Team

Ponaganset High School established a PLTW Partnership Team to support our Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, and Biomedical Pathways. The partnership team is comprised of industry and higher education representatives who work in conjunction with our school and districts leaders. This team is playing a critical role in the development of our pathways. Members of the team are currently focused on helping the school determine what equipment to buy for our Digital Engineering and Medical Imaging (DEMI) Lab. 

A main function of this team is to help advise us on specific curriculum and learning experiences that will help develop the knowledge and skills of practicing professionals. Another function is to serve as a resource and assist us in our efforts to find job shadowing experiences and externships for the students enroll in Ponaganset’s Pathways.

The current members of the PLTW include:

Ponaganset High School PLTW Partnership Team 2019-2020



Jo Ann Johnson- PLTW Partnership Team Co-Chair
Manager, Youth & Education Programs, Tech Collective

Jason Machan, PhD- PLTW Partnership Team Co-Chair
Director, Lifespan Biostatistics Core, Lifespan Hospital System; Research Scientist, Biostatistics Research, RIH; Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Surgery, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University; Director Biostatistics Externship, URI Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Ali Biercevicz, PhD
Facility Director, Rhode Island Hospital Orthopaedic Foundation

John Callahan
Administrative Manager, Lifespan Medical Simulation Center

Angela Caliendo, MD, PhD
Division Director, Rhode Island Hospital & Miriam Hospital General Internal Medicine; Executive Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School


Ed Duhaime
Sr. Project Engineer, Cadence Incorporated

Glenda Jeffrey
Software Engineer/Research & Development Software Factory Development Director, Dassault Systemes Simulia

Meghan Martinez
Information Security Analyst, FM Global

Alan Sousa
Associate Engineer, FM Approvals (Division of FM Global)

Tara Rugg
Coordinator of High School Programs, New England Institute of Technology

Joan Walsh, MSN, RN, CCNS-BC, CNRN
Quality & Safety Manager for the Neurosciences at Rhode Island Hospital


Michael Barnes, PhD
Superintendent, Foster-Glocester Regional School District

Lisa K. Villella, M.Ed
Assistant Superintendent, Foster-Glocester Regional School District

Renee Palazzo, PhD
Principal, Ponaganset High School

Lynne Bedard, PhD- PLTW Partnership Team School Liaison
PrepareRI Ambassador and Career Coordinator, Ponaganset High School

Lynn M. Richardson
Career Pathways Supervisor, Ponaganset High School

Alicia Bailey
STEM Teacher, Ponaganset High School Biomedical Academy

Greg Gongoleski

STEM Academy Chair, PLTW Engineering Teacher, Ponaganset High School


Michael Atalay
Associate Professor & Director of Research in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School

Thomas Chun
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean of Pediatrics & Assistant Dean, Medical School Admissions at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School

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