Meet Our Team

Our talented team of curriculum developers, educational researchers, and professional development facilitators is working to put the “E” in K8 STEM education

EiE Staff Directory

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Dr. Christine M. Cunningham, EiE Founder and Director (

Christine’s work focuses on one key question: How can the teaching of engineering and science change so that it benefits and includes diverse populations? Before launching EiE in 2003, she was director of engineering education research at Tufts University; she also directed the first national longitudinal study of the factors that help women persist in college engineering majors. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including an Outstanding Leadership Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. Christine holds joint bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in science education from Cornell University. Short Biography  |  Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Cathy Lachapelle, Director of Research and Evaluation (

Cathy leads the EiE team responsible for assessment and evaluation of our curricula. This includes the design and field-testing of assessment instruments and research on how children use EiE materials. Cathy is particularly interested in how collaborative interaction and scaffolded experiences with disciplinary practices help children learn science, math, and engineering. Her work on other STEM education research projects includes the national Women's Experiences in College Engineering (WECE) study. Cathy received her S.B. in cognitive science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University.

Shannon McManus, Professional Development Manager (

Shannon heads the effort to recruit and support EiE collaborators and members of the EiE Extended Network of PD Providers. She brings to EiE seven years of experience teaching high school physics and integrated science and additional experience as an outreach coordinator for nonprofits including the Rhode Island Stormwater Solutions Program and the Massachusetts-based Buzzards Bay Coalition. She holds a B.A. in physics education from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in environmental science and management from the University of Rhode Island.

Jonathan Hertel, Manager of Operations, Research, and Multimedia (

Jonathan manages the Examining the Efficacy of Engineering is Elementary (E4) project (an NSF-funded study of the efficacy of the EiE curriculum), overseeing and organizing a research effort that involves 240 teachers in the different states. He also provides evaluation support for the Engineering Adventures project.

His previous experience includes developing curricula for (and teaching at) informal summer science camps and work in children’s television. At Hope College, where he earned a B.A. in biology and English, he spent a semester studying education and conservation ecology in Tanzania. He holds an Ed.M. in learning and teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Martha Davis, Multimedia Program Manager (

Martha leads EiE’s multimedia team in developing short videos as educational resources for teachers. Before joining EiE, Martha spent ten years as a research associate at the Center for Science Education at EDC in Newton. She also has seven years of experience as an elementary science program specialist in the Needham Public Schools, and before that, she was a research assistant for Harvard’s Project Zero. She received her bachelor’s degree in child study from Tufts University.