About Mayor-Elect Yvonne Spicer
Dr. Yvonne Spicer is currently the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at Boston’s Museum of Science. She was promoted to that position after only two years as Associate Director at the museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL). This division promotes and improves STEM education throughout Massachusetts, across the country, and around the world. In her role as a Vice President, Dr. Spicer has been outstanding in building partnerships in STEM education with policymakers, school districts, municipalities, business and other non-profit organizations.
Yvonne began her career as a teacher in Framingham for nearly a decade before she was promoted to Chair of Technology Education for the Framingham Public Schools. In that role she led a team of middle and high school science teachers and developed partnerships with colleges and universities. She was a member of the Framingham Teachers’ Association. Later on, Dr. Spicer became the Statewide Technology and Engineering Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Education and a member of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association.
As a Director of Career and Technical Education at Newton Public Schools, Dr. Spicer built winning programs in eight career pathways, as well as in technology & engineering and family & consumer sciences. She was also involved in the design and planning of the new Newton North High School and was a member of the Newton Teachers’ Association.
In January 2010, Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council by Governor Deval Patrick as the co-chair of the council's teacher development committee. Reappointed in 2017 to the council by Governor Charlie Baker she serves on the Computer Science & Engineering and Career Pathways committees. Dr. Spicer was instrumental in establishing the 2001 Massachusetts Technology/engineering curriculum framework and the first ever K-12 assessment for technology & engineering. She has also served as an advisor/content expert to the National Governors Association. Dr. Spicer has been a consultant to numerous states on technology & engineering standards, strategic leadership development and business engagement.
To round out her experience in community & civic engagement, business partnerships, and fiscal management, Dr. Spicer currently serves on the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts Office of the Treasurer Economic Empowerment Trust Fund and as a Town Meeting Member representing Precinct 6 in Framingham, MA and serving on the Standing Committee on Ways & Means. The goal being to build capacity for sustainable economic growth locally and statewide in Massachusetts.
Dr. Spicer is the 2017 President-Elect to the International Technology Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) an international organization designed to build capacity for technology and engineering education globally working with K-12, higher education and business and industry. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Plumbing Museum.
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Spicer loved taking things apart. “I was a tinkerer, right next to my Dad changing the car oil filter.” Graduating in 1980 from Brooklyn Technical High School, she developed a passion for architecture and building structures from drawings. Spicer accepted a scholarship to attend the State University of New York-Oswego, graduating with a B.S. in industrial arts & technology in 1984 and an M.S. in technology education in 1985. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2004.
Dr. Spicer’s honors include selection by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration in 2000 to participate in an aerospace engineering program for technology educators. Named Framingham State’s Global Education Teacher of the Year in 1993, she also received the Anti-Defamation League’s 1995 “A World of Difference” Teacher Incentive Award and was named one of 2009's ten "Women to Watch” by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology. She has presented numerous keynote addresses at education, business, religious and non-profit conferences and meetings.
A 32-year Framingham, Massachusetts resident, Spicer is an avid New England Patriots fan and loves to travel, heading for the ocean to “soothe my spirit.”