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

Dr. Christine M. Cunningham, EiE Founding 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. She published a book, Engineering in Elementary STEM Education, and her work has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in 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.
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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.


Martha Davis, Curriculum Development Director

Martha leads EiE’s curriculum team, developing new units for children in preschool, kindergarten and afterschool programs. The curriculum team also works on adapting the current EiE materials for use with special in-school populations. Before joining EiE, Martha spent ten years as a research associate at EDC in Newton working on the development of the Insights science curriculum. 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.


Jonathan Hertel, Manager of Operations, Research, and Multimedia 

Jonathan manages teams across EiE that support the projects' many initiatives. This includes the operations team, supporting the EiE website and the team's internal functions; the research and evaluation team, conducting the E4 efficacy study and formative evaluation of new activities for students and teachers; and the multimedia team, using video to develop educational resources and tell EiE's story. Before he worked at EiE, Jonathan developed curricula and taught at informal summer science camps and worked in children's television. He holds a B.A. in biology and literature from Hope College and an Ed.M. in learning and teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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