About Us

The Cyberlearning STEM+ Academies program is a private-public partnership among the National Education Foundation, the State University of New York at Potsdam, Pearson Digital, Skillsoft, and public, private, and charter schools throughout the United States. We provide 21st century skills for disadvantaged students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) business, reading, management and test prep to close the academic and digital gaps. The goal is to set up a STEM+ CyberLearning Academy in most disadvantaged schools in the U.S. by 2020.
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Founded in 1989, after consultations with national leaders including former President Bill Clinton and Intel founder Dr. Gordon Moore, NEF is the world’s leading nonprofit organization bridging the employment, digital and academic divides by providing high quality affordable 21st Century online education to millions of students and jobseekers in many countries including the U.S., India, Egypt, Jordan and Mauritius. NEF offers 5,500 high quality K-99 online courses and mentoring using state-of-the-art LMS (Learning Management System) and interactive video platform

Our Team


Dr. Anthony Betrus – National Director of NEF STEM+ Academies

Dr. Anthony Betrus is a national expert in digital education systems and instructional technology. He is a professor of the Organizational Leadership, and Technology program at the State University of New York at Potsdam. His primary research area is using simulations and games to enhance teaching and learning environments.


Todd Ullah – VP for STEM Education

Dr. Todd Ullah has long been an educational leader, from science teacher to director of science and technology for Los Angeles City Schools. He received his doctorate at UCLA, focusing on charter schools as systemic change in Los Angeles. He has been recognized for school improvement, parent engagement, college readiness, science education, and technology. Most recently, he is the Vice President for STEM Education at the NEF, where he works closely with the STEM+ Academy Directors to implement and maintain academies at over 20 schools across the US.


Steve Canning – Instructional Designer

Steve Canning is an Instructional Designer and adjunct instructor at SUNY Potsdam. He specializes in Education Technology and has been working with Dr. Kuttan and the NEF since 2010. He most recently finds himself working as a Project Specialist for the team, using his data analysis & educational background to deliver specific, targeted implementation strategies to Academies throughout the year. He also manages the Minecraft contests, and performs Moodle and Website administration.

Fr. Dennis Lowe – Graduate Assistant

Fr. Dennis is in his final semester as a graduate student in Organizational Performance and Technology at SUNY Potsdam. His previous education is in psychology, computer science, theology, nursing, and emergency medicine. He has worked in information technology for 35 years, and has taught computer science at Newberry College and SUNY Canton.


Jason Snyder – Graduate Assistant

Jason is pursuing an M.Ed in Educational Technology at SUNY Potsdam. After earning a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in 2010, he taught 4th grade for seven years in Texas.

Nicole Sanchez – Undergraduate Assistant

Nicole is in her final semester as an undergraduate student in Criminal Justice at SUNY Potsdam. She is currently going into the police academy for the Spring 2019 at SUNY Potsdam. Nicole’s future goals include applying to go into the FBI as a criminologist.