Laylah Silva Bulman serves as a Program Officer for the Samueli Foundation, Ms. Bulman began her career as an Advanced Academics instructor in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system, where she was immediately recognized as a “Rookie Teacher of the Year,” thereafter serving as an Instructional Technology Lead Instructor as Miami Country Day School for nearly a decade. During her tenure in the classroom, she was awarded the Dirksen Congressional Fellowship for Teaching, the PWC Wharton Fellowship for Entrepreneurship, and the SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Educator’s Award.
Following her tenure in public education, Ms. Bulman took her experiences to United Data Technologies (UDT) as a national education strategist where lead a Florida reorganization of their education and created a STEM Learning and Innovation group. Following that work, she moved to LEGO Education where she became the national Enterprise Director.
Ms. Bulman also oversees the Foundation’s scholastic esports effort in Florida in the role of Executive Director of the Florida Scholastic Esports League, an affiliate of the Foundation’s NASEF initiative connecting children’s “play and passion with purpose”, designed to engage kids through immersive experiential activities imparting hard and soft STEM skills helping them develop sustainable career pathways to become productive successful adults.
In addition to her successful career, Ms. Bulman recognizes her responsibility to “give back” and serves in various volunteer capacities, including: Mentor for STEM Makerspaces in the Tampa Bay Wipro Science Education Fellowship Program; member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools STEM Advisory Board; and as an annual Congressional App Challenge judge for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. She has published articles around STEM learning spaces, eSports and Case Studies around Computational Thinking and Immersive Learning Environments. And in 2015, Ms. Bulman was selected to be a member of the Leadership Miami program.
Prior to her teaching career, Ms. Bulman held positions with the U.S. Department of State, The World Bank and BellSouth. Ms. Bulman is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and national Hispanic Scholar. She is an honors graduate of University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Heinz College Information Systems of Carnegie Mellon University.