Meet the Crew


Derek Rowe
Director of STEM Education

Derek Rowe is a former Army helicopter pilot with 37 years aviation experience presently teaching Aerospace and Aviation at a High School in Nashville, TN. He is also the President and Founder of The High School Aviation Association. Derek has developed the 3 year AviationUSA curriculum as well as the build instruction manual for the AviationUSA Airplane builds.


He is a husband, father and passionate about bring aviation education to students.


Angie Verissimo
Outreach Director
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Angie Verissimo brings outstanding STEM connections Nationwide having worked with an organization supported nationwide by NASA. Her background includes working with Industry Partners, Finance in Corporate America, an Entrepreneur, Mother and Community Leader.


Student growth, and career pathways in STEM fields are her passion.