Dr. Gavin J. Coleman, Ed. D. has been an educator advocating for the needs of special needs children for over 17 years. He has worked in a variety of different settings: public, private, charter with students of all special exceptionalities. He has advocated for the used of problem- and project-based learning as well as the use of STEAM instruction in the classroom, citing its effectiveness in increasing student achievement for student’s with special needs. His doctorate titled “How STEM instruction affects the academic success of students with Autism” compares a STEM school and the a non-STEM student, showing a marked different in academic success in report card grades, state test scores and district test scores. The past 5 years he has led a robotics and engineering club that has participate in numerous competitions (placing third in Robofest 2018).