Museum of Science, Boston Selects Educators for $200K STEM Scholarship Program

82 additional Engineering is Elementary Scholarships awarded


Chris San Antonio-Tunis for Museum of Science
First-round scholarship recipients at an EiE workshop in May 2016.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Museum of Science, Boston has selected 64 elementary teachers and 18 teacher educators from 24 states to receive scholarships under a new program that brings high-quality professional development (PD) in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to teachers at high-needs schools nationwide. The program helps scholarship recipients integrate engineering in their classrooms using the award-winning Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum, which was developed at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). This is the second round of awards in the $200,000 program; 100 teachers were previously awarded scholarships in January 2016.

The EiE scholarship program receives no outside funding from corporate, foundation, or government funders, embodying the NCTL mission to introduce engineering and technological literacy in schools and lifelong learning centers nationwide. Although many states have recently implemented new academic standards that put unprecedented emphasis on the "E" in STEM, engineering is a new subject for many elementary teachers, and most say they don’t feel well prepared to teach it.

"We are excited to offer elementary educators from Massachusetts to California the Museum's own scholarship program," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "It builds on the impact of successful corporate-funded EiE scholarship programs, such as one established by Raytheon, and greatly enhances our ability to foster enthusiastic teachers able to spark student interest in engineering."

"By funding scholarships for teachers, we advance our mission to reach children who are underserved or traditionally underrepresented in STEM,” says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. "One way we support high-quality engineering education for all students—not just a chosen few—is through our research-based curriculum; another way is through our professional development programs, which are designed to give teachers the subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical framework they need to be successful teaching engineering.”                    

Each scholarship recipient will receive a complete classroom set of EiE curriculum materials plus tuition and travel support to attend a hands-on teacher PD workshop at the Museum in Boston sometime in the next 12 months. "We offer workshops on an ongoing basis, so scholarship recipients can choose the training that best fits their schedule," says EiE scholarship coordinator Chantal Balesdent.

EiE is the nation's most widely used engineering curriculum for students in grades 1 – 5; it has reached schools in all 50 states including statewide in Delaware, district wide in locations including Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, and in military schools under DoDEA. To date, EiE has reached more than 112,000 teachers and 10.1 million students.

Here are the latest EiE Scholarship recipients, listed by state:


Brian Hendricks, Solano Elementary School, Osborn School District, Phoenix, AZ

Patricia Patchin, Frances Owen Holaway Elementary School, Amphitheater Public Schools, Tucson, AZ

Meagan Willard, Desert Willow Elementary School, Vail Unified School District, Tucson, AZ

Sharisa Lymon, Brookside Elementary School, Beaumont Unified School District, Beaumont, CA

Brielan Sadler, Brookside Elementary School, Beaumont Unified School District, Beaumont, CA

Shelly Dow, Cabot Yerxa Elementary School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Desert Hot Springs, CA

Corianne Drabinski, Ocean Knoll Elementary School, Encinitas Union Elementary School District, Encinitas, CA

Camie Walker, John Murdy Elementary School, Garden Grove Unified School District, Garden Grove, CA

Kerri McGoldrick, Hillview Crest Elementary School, New Haven Unified School District, Hayward, CA

Melissa Toohey, KIPP Ignite Academy, KIPP Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Paulianne Bolinger-Werthwein, Bushnell Way Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA

Cristina Kiehl, Quail Valley Elementary School, Menifee Union School District, Menifee, CA 92584, Menifee, CA

Elizabeth Cruger, EnCompass Academy, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA

Emily Juarez, Melrose Leadership Academy, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA

Alyssa Fairfield, Vista Del Monte Elementry School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Palm Springs, CA

Jonathan Weisbart, Playa Vista Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Playa Vista, CA

Shanon Albertson, Playa Vista Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Playa Vista, CA

Jennette Aranda, La Verne Science and Technology Charter School, Pomona Unified School District, Pomona, CA

Karen Orr, Alcott Elementary School, Pomona Unified School District, Pomona, CA

Jennifer Mutch, Conejo Elementary School, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Thousand Oaks, CA

Elizabeth Catron, Marjorie Veeh Elementary School, Tustin Unified School District, Tustin, CA

Fernando Reyes, Sunny Brae Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Winnetka, CA

Linda Borchering, River Hall Elementary School, School District of Lee County, Alva, FL

Pamela Guenther, Sandhill Elementary School, Polk County School District, Haines City, FL

Sharon Budd, Lakeside Elementary School, Broward County Public Schools, Pembroke Pines, FL

Joseph Song, Cypress Creek Elementary School, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Ruskin, FL

Rachael Betscha, Port Salerno Elementary School, Martin County School District, Stuart, FL

Matries Florio, Port Salerno Elementary School, Martin County School District, Stuart, FL

Teresa Staton-Soliman, Port Salerno Elementary School, Martin County School District, Stuart, FL

Vera Mathews, West Bainbridge Elementary School, Decatur County Schools, Bainbridge, GA

La'Tesa Parker, Susie B. Atkinson Elementary School, Griffin-Spalding County School System, Griffin, GA

Joy Harrison, Mimosa Elementary School, Fulton County School System, Roswell, GA

Danelle Foster, Learn 6 Charter School, North Chicago District 187 (technically), but we are also a part of a charter school network, North Chicago, IL

Billy Betts, Wright Elementary School, Shelby County Public Schools, Shelbyville, KY

Bianca Deliberto, Zachary Elementary School, Zachary Community Schools, Zachary, LA

Diana Duce, The Green School of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD

Angela McGowan, Holabird Academy 229, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD

Cheryl Bindus, Waterloo Elementary School, Monroe Public Schools, Monroe, MI

Crystal Brown, Downriver STEM @ Weiss Elementary, Gibraltar School District, Woodhaven, MI

Amanda Iocoangeli, Waterloo Elementary School, Monroe Public Schools, Monroe, MI

Erin Barr, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, N/A, Great Falls, MT

Brianne Betz, Beachwood Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools, Beachwood, NJ

Denise Castle, Jim Thorpe Elementary School, Clark County School District, Henderson, NV

Tracey Gaffney, Lincoln Park Elementary School, Washoe County School District, Sparks, NV

Jennifer Maher, Mabel Hoggard Elementary Magnet School for Math and Science, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV

Teri Mann, E.W. Staton Elementary School, Clark County, Las Vegas, NV

Deirdre Cincotta, P.S. 36Q - The St. Albans School, 29, St. Albans, NY

Jayci Harris, Homer Elementary School, Byng School District, Ada, OK

Kristen Tanner, Limestone Technology Academy, Sand Springs Public Schools, Sand Springs, OK

Joan Lawrence, Clackamas River Elementary School, Estacada School District, Estacada, OR

Patricia Blechman, Jacob Wismer Elementary School, Beaverton School District, Portland, OR

Nichol Laskey, Jeannette McKee Elementary School, Jeannette City School District, Jeannette, PA

Theodore Papazekos, Union Memorial Elementary School, Union Area School District, New Castle , PA

Julia Sullivan, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary School, Spartanburg County School District One, Campobello, SC

Stefanie Nguyen, St. Gabriel's Catholic School, Catholic Schools Diocese of Austin, Austin, TX

Kimberly Chason, Harlandale Independent School District , Harlandale Independent School District , San Antonio, TX

Nicole McNew, Leon Valley Elementary School, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, TX

Emily Hoyler, Bingham Memorial School, Addison Central Supervisory District, Cornwall, VT

Kate Steward, Washington Elementary School, Centralia School District 401, Centralia, WA

Linda Luiten, Colbert Elementary School, Mead School District, Colbert, WA

Deborah Fullerton, Moorlands Elementary School, Northshore School District, Kenmore, WA

Chad Quesnell, Yakima School District, Yakima School District, Yakima, WA

Wendy Concha-Beirs, Greenfield Bilingual School, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI

Diana Wellinghoff, Greenfield Bilingual School, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI



Karla Horner Raffaele, PEAK Program, Sitka, Sitka, AK

Saundra Lamberson, Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative, Walnut Ridge, AR

Linda Tolladay, Madera Unified School District, Madera Unified School District, Madera, CA

Debbie Gordon, Vista Del Monte Elementary School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Palm Springs, CA

Anthonette Pena, Elementary Institute of Science, San Diego, CA

Chentel Neat, Colbert Museum Magnet Elementary, Broward County Public Schools, Hollywood, FL

Susan Turner, Park Ridge Elementary School, Broward County Public Schools, Pompano Beach, FL

Katrina Slone, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Hazard, KY

Emily Hardee, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering, Wake County Public Schools, Raleigh, NC

Natalie Whitney, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering, Wake County Public Schools, Raleigh, NC

Stacy Cohen, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, North Las Vegas, NV

Calley Bittel, The Ella Baker School, District 2, New York, NY

Jamie Repasky, Woodlawn School, Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR

Traci Bellas, Presbyterian College, Laurens School District 55 & 56, Clinton, SC

Andrea Jaramillo, Forman Elementary School, Plano Independent School District, Plano, TX

Kevin Weaver, Dale City Elementary School, Prince William County Public Schools, Woodbridge, VA

Laura Boudreau, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington, VT

Stephanie Raby, Clover Park School District, Clover Park School District, Lakewood, WA

About Engineering is Elementary

  • EiE is a project of the Museum of Science, Boston, developed with support from the National Science Foundation.
  • The EiE curriculum includes 20 units that integrate science topics with a specific field of engineering.
  • Through the use of storybooks, EiE introduces students to children from different cultures and backgrounds who are trying to solve engineering problems.
  • EiE students as young as six years old conduct their own experiments to collect the data needed to solve a similar problem using a five-step engineering design process.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools across the United States. Having reached an estimated 10.5 million students and 119,700 educators, its National Center for Technological Literacy® also received the National Science Board's Public Service Award in May 2015. One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden.The Science Behind Pixar, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, has begun a 10-year national tour. The Museum has also led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit:



The EIE Curriculum
Scholarships and Awards