Lisa Michalek Headshot

Lisa Michalek

Assistant Director, Science Technology and Entry Program

K-12 University Center
Academic Affairs

Lisa Michalek

Assistant Director, Science Technology and Entry Program

K-12 University Center
Academic Affairs


· Bachelor of Science in health sciences from SUNY Brockport
· Master of Science in teaching and learning from Nova Southeastern University
· Started a Ph.D. program in educational administration through Capella University and earned administrative certificates through the state

Fun facts
· Found a passion for gardening during the pandemic, and uses her new hobby to make canned sauces and salsa
· Has two Siberian cats: Casper and Chester
· Is the mother of three children – a 27-year-old son (who served in the Marines) and 17-year-old twins
· She and her husband live in Henrietta

Coming into the position as assistant director of STEP in November of 2022, Lisa Michalek said it was the perfect fit for her that allows the longtime educator to put all her talents into one job.

“I feel like I worked toward this my whole career,” she said. “Everything I did just led me here, and has developed who I am as a teacher, a mentor and curriculum developer.”

Michalek brings more than 22 years as a science teacher, with knowledge in curriculum development and student services. She is now tasked with aiding in the development and implementation of STEP initiatives, while assisting its director and being immersed in schools tied to the program.

“What I learned over the years is that kids are kids wherever you go, even if they come from different backgrounds,” she said. “I’ve worked everywhere from Rochester City School District to Fairport, Irondequoit and Rush-Henrietta, and I absolutely love to make connections with those kids.”

STEP – or Science and Technology Entry Program – is a state-funded precollegiate initiative that provides outreach to seventh- through 12th-grade students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged groups to support pursuing college and careers in STEM fields, as well as New York state licensed professions. The goal is to provide afterschool and weekend enrichment activities to help foster academic growth, the development of a STEM identity and more, so students can successfully transition from middle school to high school and high school to college or the workforce.

The program is based in the K-12 University Center at Rochester Institute of Technology, and embedded within schools around Monroe County.

Personal Links

In the News

  • October 18, 2023

    middle school students in STEP work on a stress management art project

    RIT STEP provides supports for students beyond academics

    At Burger and Roth junior high schools in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District, about 50 students work daily with staff from the Science and Technology Entry Program – also known as STEP – through Rochester Institute of Technology’s K-12 University Center. Enrichment activities offered are meant to help foster academic growth, and often go beyond the classroom to support students. This school year, STEP Assistant Director Lisa Michalek is hosting weekly workshops with students that provide homework help, feature STEM activities, and highlight various development topics. It’s similar at other schools within the county that the STEP team is embedded in with outreach specialists Meg Brown, Rick King and Dana Storti.