EiE Collaborators

Meeting the growing demand for EiE teacher professional development through a national network of PD providers

About Our Collaborators 

EiE works with a national community of collaborators. All EiE collaborators have received training at an EiE Teacher Educator Institute (TEI) and are qualified to facilitate EiE PD workshops. 

Our collaborators include both organizations and individuals. To become part of the EiE Professional Development Community, you may attend an EiE Teacher Educator Institute at the Museum of Science, Boston or invite us to host a TEI at your organization

Resources for EiE Collaborators 

After you graduate from our TEI, you’ll be able to access a set of resources designed to help you offer effective EiE PD workshops for teachers.

EiE Extended Network of Professional Development Providers 

Within the EiE Professional Development Community, EiE has established an Extended Network of Professional Development (PD) Providers to whom we refer workshop requests across the United States.

For information about the  EiE Extended Network PD Providers serving your area, please contact eie@mos.org or call 617-589-4260. 

Current Members — EiE Extended Network of PD Providers:


The Institute for Science Education (ISEd) serves as the PK-12 STEM outreach center for the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  ISEd partners with the Alabama Department of Education to host one of eleven Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) sites. AMSTI teacher specialists provide educators with highly effective professional development and onsite support in math, science, and engineering education. The AMSTI Materials Center at UAH ISEd also provides hands-on materials directly to classrooms on a quarterly basis. The UAH ISEd has provided EiE professional development opportunities to area schools since 2006.


Arizona Science Center inspires, educates and engages curious minds through science! The center serves the state of Arizona by engaging audiences from Pre-K to gray via a diverse portfolio of programs and services in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Arizona Science Center encourages hands-on exploration through its innovative physical space, and also extends its programs into the community. Arizona Science Center programs include: field trip and lab experiences, educational workshops, STEM camps and clubs, outreach, assemblies, demonstrations, homeschool programs, and professional development for educators and educational leaders.

Joëlle Clark is a professional development coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University. She is a science educator and applied anthropologist who has designed, written, and implemented science curricula and professional development programs for K-12 educators, informal educators, and indigenous communities. She has also been active in science education reform efforts and has worked on numerous grant-funded STEM projects. Clark is currently collaborating on ways to help educators integrate science and engineering practices to meet the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Lori Rubino-Hare is also a professional development coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University, active in science education reform efforts, and currently collaborating on ways to help educators meet the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS. She has worked on numerous grant-funded STEM projects for K-12 educators and university faculty, with an emphasis on integration of geospatial technology and project-based instruction. She has 13 years of experience as an elementary and middle school teacher.

Jan David Snyder has a doctorate in science education and, as a retiree with 23 years of experience in the secondary classroom, works in the Arizona State University Schools of Engineering as an outreach coordinator. In addition to training for EiE, which he provides to educators as well as teacher candidates in the ASU Teachers College, he is involved in several other responsibilities that focus on engineering education.

Jen Gutierrez is a K-12 STEM Education Specialist who shares her passion for science/STEM teaching and learning by developing and delivering professional learning opportunities around the U.S. With over 30 years in education she advocates for science and STEM teachers as an active member for Arizona Science Teachers Association as well as serving on NSTA’s Board as Division Director of Professional Development in Science Education. Jen is a proud member of the Next Generation Science Standards writing team. In 2017 she was selected to serve on the National Academies of Engineering Committee on Educator Capacity Building in PreK-12 Engineering Education.


Kristy Kidd is a project director at STEM Starters+, a Department of Education research and demonstration project at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kristy has facilitated EiE training for over 118 Arkansas elementary teachers as part of STEM Starters+. In addition, she has facilitated EiE workshops around the state of Arkansas and in collaboration with the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Kristy has 21 years of experience teaching elementary and middle school science in the Little Rock Public Schools. Kristy has served as a gifted and talented facilitator for the Little Rock Public Schools, an adjunct professor of early childhood science methods for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and as the K-12 math and science specialist for the eStem Public Charter Schools.


Claudine Phillips is an elementary educator in Los Angeles, California. She has been an instructional coach and lead teacher for both science and engineering. She has 22 years of classroom experience, and has been invited to speak at national, state, and local conferences. Claudine has been recognized as the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year. Claudine has developed curriculum, resources, and professional learning for teachers and administrators across the state in science, math, and engineering. Claudine and her students love EiE, as she sees the engineering units being the best place students apply their science knowledge and learning.

WestEd, a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. The K-12 Alliance @ WestEd is part of the agency’s STEM unit. The K-12 Alliance provides customized science and mathematics PD. Presently, K-12 Alliance is heavily involved in providing professional development for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in eight targeted districts and two charter organizations in California.  The K-12 Alliance is also collaborating with other state organizations to provide NGSS awareness and transition professional learning experiences for district leaders.


Malinda Zarske is a  faculty member with the Engineering Plus program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches undergraduate product design and core engineering courses as well as STEM education courses for pre-service teachers through the CU Teach Engineering program. A former middle and high school science and math teacher with degrees in both civil engineering and teaching secondary science, Malinda has led P12 teacher professional development workshops – including EiE - for over 15 years and enjoys every one! Malinda engages in P20 engineering education research and practice both locally and nationally and is passionate about the value of hands-on engineering design for every student, at any age level. 


The Connecticut Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing science education throughout the state of Connecticut and New England, providing learning opportunities for students and adults of all ages, and engaging the community in scientific exploration. The Science Center annually provides educational services that range from professional development workshops for teachers through its newly established Mandell Academy for Teachers to onsite STEM-related Discovery Center programs and school outreach programs.


Orlando Science Center (OSC) offers resources for lifelong learning, supports preschool to 12th grade education, and provides content that is relevant to current and future science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. For schools, they offer teacher professional development, teacher training and in-classroom support for EiE , guided field trips, experimental labs and offsite programming that not only support state standards in math and science, but also help teachers prepare students for the rigor of STEM education and career readiness.

Anji McStravic has been in the education field for 12 years, teaching environmental education, STEM education, and all disciplines of science, K-12, in both formal and informal settings.  Anji also provides professional development workshops for educators in various science content areas and, of course, EiE. Anji works closely with elementary educators to establish comfort and confidence in instructing science and engineering concepts.

Kelly Thomas is a Computer Science Instructional Specialist for Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kelly helps to oversee elementary STEM curriculum development projects, and she provides STEM professional development to teachers. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida, where she specialized in elementary math & science education, and she received her Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida International University. Prior to her current position, Kelly served as a STEM Magnet Coordinator and Science Coach at the elementary level.

Sarah Von Williamsen is an educator with experience in all aspects of STEM. Her background as a scientist enhances her ability to present science and engineering concepts in an exciting and engaging manner, guiding teachers to feel more relaxed and confident in their own instruction. As a professional development provider, Sarah trains teachers in EiE units as well as various science topics. She has also taught EiE units to students. Sarah works closely with a team of scientists, engineers, local business owners, and educators to enhance and expand STEM opportunities, including EiE, for students in her local community.


Jayma Koval is a Research Associate with the Educational Innovation Group at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Tech. Her work focuses on educational research in the K-12 setting, curriculum development, teacher learning, and professional development. Supported by her educational background, she is interested in helping science teachers integrate engineering curriculum into their courses and overall strengthening earth and space science education. Prior to her career at CEISMC, Jayma taught middle school earth, life and physical science for over 10 years in both Georgia and New York. She is a Climate Change Fellow at Georgia Tech and volunteers as a NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador.


UChicago STEM Education is a research and development center housed in the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. We are committed to improving STEM education at all levels through research, practical tools, and direct work with schools. We have numerous and varied partnerships with teachers, schools, and districts to support all components of STEM education in Chicago and nationally. As a result, we have considerable experience developing and tailoring supports that include workshops, expert and peer coaching, study groups, and other formats. Since 2015, our science and engineering professional development teamwhich includes people with teaching, research, curriculum development. and informal science education experiencehas enjoyed providing professional development workshops and classroom coaching focused on EiE through grant-funded and fee-for-service partnerships. We have also begun to incorporate EiE curricula into our direct work with students in camps and other programs. We look forward to supporting even more elementary educators and students with engineering in the future!


The University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education believes that all young people, especially those from underserved communities, deserve a high-quality STEM education in order to shape their own futures. By conducting research and implementing programs, the Center improves STEM teaching and learning in both Catholic and public schools. The Center collaborates with researchers and practitioners at Notre Dame and across the nation to help all students innovate, engage, and excel in the STEM disciplines. In 2018, The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education was designated as a platinum level STEM professional provider by AdvancEd.

Dr. J. Adam Scribner is Director of STEM Education Initiatives for the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at Indiana University, where he cultivates partnerships and designs and implements programs that advance STEM teaching and learning. His research focuses on evaluating the impact of STEM professional volunteers on student STEM learning, interest, and awareness. He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences including NSTA, ASEE, and ITEEA. Before joining the P-16 Center, Dr. Scribner was the Manager of STEM Outreach for the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology. Email: JAScrib@iu.edu


Laura Keeling is the STEM Lab teacher at Tully Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. She teaches engineering to 700+ students (grades K5) using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum. She has conducted EiE trainings for teachers and administrators wishing to address engineering concepts embedded in the NGSS. Laura has 20 years of experience in elementary education and has taught EiE since 2009. She has a partnership with the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering Outreach Program.


Blue Heron STEM Education has worked with numerous school districts and educational institutions across the country to train educators in STEM education. Carolyn DeCristofano, President, is the former professional development director for Engineering is Elementary (EiE) and has also created graduate level courses for elementary and middle school teachers on engineering and science. Blue Heron can provide standard Engineering is Elementary training, as well as extensions and expansions supporting the EiE curriculum.


The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) is a science and technology center with innovative interactive exhibits emphasizing hands-on learning, while continuing to integrate the museum’s longstanding tradition as a natural history museum with scientific research, anthropological collections, and interpretive exhibits.  It offers a wide variety of on- and off-site continuing education programs for children, families, adults, and educators. SMM served as one of the field testing centers for the EiE curriculum units, and continues to provide EiE-related teacher workshops and immersive EiE residencies in schools. You can reach them at eie@smm.org.


Liz Parry is an engineering management/mechanical engineer and an engineering educator with experience at IBM, The Engineering Place at North Carolina State University and as a consultant. She has over 15 years of experience in P20 engineering education research and practice. Liz has worked with the EiE team since the beginning of the program as a consultant and research partner. Currently, she heads a national committee on P12 Engineering Education for the American Society of Engineering Education; teachers first year engineering at NC State; and conducts EiE and integrated STEM professional development across the country. Liz has authored or co-authored over 40 papers, chapters and articles on engineering education.


Toby Ratcliffe Bothel's background as a civilian Naval ocean engineer made EiE come alive to the teachers who she engaged with in EiE Professional Development workshops throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Having retired from Federal Service, Toby is now an independent STEM Education consultant and EiE PD provider in Ohio. Email: toby@tabeducation.org Website: tabeducation.org


Mandy Biggers is the Program Coordinator for Science Education at Texas Woman's University.  She teaches elementary and secondary methods courses to preservice teachers, and enjoys incorporating engineering into those courses.  She holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from The University of Iowa, a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelors of Science from Texas Tech University.  She is interested in researching how to help elementary teachers incorporate engineering into their science classes.  Mandy was a middle school and high school classroom teacher in Texas before  pursuing her graduate degrees, and has 19  years of teaching experience. Email: mbiggers2@twu.edu 

De'Lila Holder is the STEM Outreach program manager for the Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. She is a former teacher, campus principal, and district administrator. Her focus is on helping educators address the challenges of tomorrow’s technology-driven economy by transforming teaching and learning methods, improving achievement in STEM education, and ensuring that all students are future ready. She is passionate about education and feels honored to work with educators, sharing with them her knowledge, encouragement, and dedication to STEM education.

Michelle Sedberry is currently the STEM Program Specialist at the Texas Education Agency.  She served as the K-12 Science Specialist at a Texas Education Service Center for 6 years.  She has been involved in science education for 20 years as a teacher, curriculum developer, district level instructional science coach, aerospace educator, aerospace officer in the Civil Air Patrol, and has been the project director for multiple STEM grants. She has also written a book titled, Creating Future Engineers through Elementary Engineering Professional Development.


Anne Wallisch is a former elementary teacher with 16 years of experience as a professional development consultant.  She works with the CESA SciMaTech program to help teachers integrate engineering with elementary science topics, build their confidence with the engineering design process, and develop the pedagogical expertise guiding these units.

Jack Samuelson, aka "Dr. STEM,” is a STEM education consultant with 38 years of experience in classroom instruction, teacher professional development, and K-12 engineering outreach. He has taught middle school and high school science in Waukesha and has served as coordinator of engineering outreach at Marquette University. Jack has facilitated more than 25 EiE workshops in 10 states.