Shirley L. Posey, MS

Shirey L. Posey, MS, is a visionary in the field of STEM education, recognized for her groundbreaking efforts in advancing social justice, empowering young change-makers, and shaping a sustainable future through innovative strategies. With over 15 years of experience, Shirey has garnered prestigious accolades, including being named the Philadelphia Eagles Educator of the Year for STEM Innovation in 2020, the Influential Educator of the Year by Oakland University, and the Madam CJ Walker Educator of the Year by NC100BW.

Shirey’s journey in education has been marked by pioneering culturally enriched and cutting-edge STEM programs that inspire and engage students. Her passion for equity and excellence in STEM education has been a driving force throughout her career. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Johns Hopkins University and serves as the Director of STEM at Imhotep Institute Charter High School, where she leads initiatives promoting excellence and equity in STEM education.

Her impactful work has been featured across various media platforms, including NBC 10, Fox29, CBS3, ABC6, Philadelphia Tribune, TEDxTalk, Philadelphia Sun, Liberty Tribune, The WURD Radio Station, WHYY (PBS), Billy Penn, Villanova University 28 Days, NFL Good Morning Football, Global Water Alliance Summit, US Department of Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Model School Conference as an Epic Educator.

Shirey is renowned for developing the STEM Ambassador program at Imhotep. Under her guidance, students have become global leaders, successfully bringing clean water to communities in Jackson, MS, and Ghana through innovative use of 3D printed water filters, with expansions to Kenya. She has personally conducted water tests in Sapelo Island, the last Geechee Gullah Island, while advocating for improved conditions amidst poverty.

Drawing from her roots in Ludowici, GA, where she was raised on a farm, Shirey recognized the importance of farming in addressing pressing issues. She led initiatives to combat food insecurity in Philadelphia by introducing the first hydrotech farm to the city, cultivating 2.5 acres of non-GMO, pesticide-free food weekly, and distributing it to community fridges. With another farm opening in May 2024 totaling 5 acres, and a hydroponics farm in Ghana, she ensures students play a central role, teaching them hydrotech farming skills and instilling a sense of ownership and responsibility.

Through her unwavering dedication, innovation, and commitment to educational excellence, Shirey Posey is leaving an indelible mark on the field of STEM education. Starting in 2021 with NC100BW and Black Girls Do STEM, she has raised over $200,000 through donations and grants in her two years as the Director of STEM. Her work is transforming lives, inspiring future generations of leaders and problem solvers, and creating a brighter, more equitable future for all.