Middle/High School at Times² (Times squared ) STEM Academy is a committed to improving mathematics, engineering and science studies for urban youth in Providence, Rhode Island. Times² STEM Academy prepares America’s next scientists, engineers and leaders by providing a rigorous academic program aligned with the state's requirements. The faculty and staff provide hands on learning experiences with a strong academic emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) principles, augmented by an innovative In-Field Learning Experience program that enables students to observe STEM based endeavors in the real world.
Here at Times2, STEM Academy we envision every student becoming a world-class scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician. We encourage students to become critical thinkers & to explore and experiment with their talents & discover their purpose.
Middle/High School Principal
Dave Patota is in his 34th year in education. He has spent 16 of those years as a principal. His career started at the James P. Timility Middle School in Roxbury, MA as a special education teacher/cluster leader. The past 14 years were spent in the Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District as a principal of both the middle school and the high school. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. His hobbies include weight lifting, jazz music, and riding motorcycles.
Academic Dean K-12
Andrew Lay joins Times2 STEM Academy as the Academic Dean after a 20 year career at a charter school in southeastern Massachusetts where he served as a middle and high school history and physics teacher, Instructional Leader for Mathematics, and most recently as High School Principal. Mr. Lay’s experience centers on curriculum development and implementation, multimodal pedagogy, and teacher development. Mr. Lay attended Bowdoin College, where he earned degrees in History, Physics, and Classics. More recently he attained a Master’s Degree in the Urban Education Policy program at Brown University. Mr. Lay enjoys skiing, writing, gardening, and cooking.