Akua Carraway is the Program Associate for the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center). The SMT Center is dedicated to improving education as a means of providing all students in North Carolina with the knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens, and advance the economy of the state. To help advance this mission, Akua supports the development of statewide networks around innovation and change in education while also managing statewide programs, resources, and awards.
Prior to her current role, Akua served as the Director of the North Carolina Inquiry Collaborative Network (NCICN), the NC Regional Coordinator of the Smithsonian Science Education Center for the LASER i3 Grant, and the Community Liaison for the NC Community Collaborative Network. Through those roles, Akua worked across the state to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of small and large-scale education initiatives that promoted access to STEM education for all students. She also co-authored the Do-It-Yourself Guide to STEM Community Engagement, created to provide schools, districts, and local community organizations with self-guided tools to engage a broad community of stakeholders in sustainable education innovation.
Akua has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Hampton University and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.