Marnie Forestieri, CDA, is the founder and chief learning officer at Amazing Explorers Academy and the STEM SQUAD, a group of multidisciplinary experts from academia, technology, and business who understand the importance of introducing STEM principles in early childhood. Forestieri is an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for introducing innovative approaches to education. As a successful operator of large childcare centers, she has been recognized in the industry with awards such as the Center of the Year by FACCM and finalist for the Director of the Year Award. Forestieri has presented at several national conferences in Early Childhood. She holds a BS in Business Administration, a CDA, and a director's credential. Forestieri started her career as a CNN reporter and later became the vice president of marketing in a telecommunications company.