Marsha Francis

Marsha Francis

Executive Director

STE(A)M Truck

Decatur, GA USA

No move is the wrong move. It's not always as high-stakes as we make it seem.


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Marsha Francis


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in a very service-oriented family.
I was initially majoring in pre-law English because I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, but I switched my major to education during my freshman year of college.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in child development along with a preschool-fifth grade teaching certification from Spelman College.
I went on to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Central Michigan University while also working as an elementary school teacher.
I taught elementary school for Atlanta Public Schools for five years before deciding to pursue a Ph.D.
During my doctoral program, I got the opportunity to work at Spelman College teaching a math and science methods course to future teachers.
While teaching, I was introduced to STE(A)M Truck, which epitomized the type of hands-on project based learning I had been teaching about—I decided to take on a part-time role with STE(A)M Truck.
I worked part-time with STE(A)M Truck for about a year and a half, came back as a sort of thought partner, and then was named executive director in 2021.
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High School
Child Development
Spelman College
P-5 Teaching Certification
Spelman College
Curriculum and Instruction
Central Michigan University
Educational Theory and Practice
University of Georgia


Executive Director

I lead an educational nonprofit with a fleet of mobile innovation labs designed to engage kids with STEAM.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

The day may start with a breakfast meeting with a school or community partner to discuss new programming or teacher support. If we're working with students or teachers, I'd go to the school to see the staff in action. Next, I'd go to our headquarters to check out the vehicles and materials. I'd meet with our Marketing and Development team to plan how we'll share STE(A)M Truck stories and connect with funders. I may also attend a city event to represent STE(A)M Truck and share about our programs.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I regret making this move. I can't show up fully here."

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