About the Educators

Meet the Education Experts Who Develop Our STEM Programs

Our education team brings experience and passion to our curricula.

To fulfill our mission of making STEM education accessible and promoting innovation across the country, our education team collaborates with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees to create new program curricula each year. 

By integrating 21st-century learning with fun, hands-on activities, our team ensures that each program not only aligns with state and national education standards, but also provides the next generation of inventors with STEM skills that last a lifetime.

Rachelle Albrechta

(Curriculum Writer) 
Rachelle’s passion for the arts and sciences began as a child. Frequent visits to the theatre, science and art museums, and the biology lab where her father worked contributed to her passion and pursuit of a licensure in K-12 Visual Art Education.

Jayme Cellitioci

(Creativity and Innovation Strategist) 
Jayme is currently the only person in the U.S. with the combination of a B.S. in Psychology/Biology, an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership and a professional certificate in Free-Choice Learning.

Ashley Giordano

(Curriculum Writer)
Ashley has an M.A. in History and a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Delaware. For over five years, Ashley has worked in multiple educational roles developing programs, exhibits, digital assets and curricula for museums, libraries and other non-profit organizations.

Krissy Hostetler

(Education Team Specialist)
Krissy lends technical prowess to the team through her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Portland. She also brings an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, as cultivated by her Masters in Urban & Regional Planning. She pushes students to explore the possibilities of innovation through technical tools.

Erica Matheny, Ph.D.

(Curriculum Writer)
Erica has a Ph.D. in Urban Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Ecology. Her passion for ecology and biology drove her academic career and she brought that experience to university and high school classrooms as an educator. She contributes to the development of curriculum from multiple disciplines and shares her love of inspiring future innovators.

Emily Mitchell

(Curriculum Writer)
Emily turns scientific research into engaging stories. With every program activity she writes, her goal is to tap into each student’s natural curiosity and provide them with an effective structure for investigation.

Alaina Rutledge

(VP Education R&D) 
Before joining our Education Team, Alaina studied educational methods in Europe, taught in a laboratory classroom and professionally researched worldwide education policies.

Jennifer Sitton

(Senior Creative Content Specialist)
Jennifer has a doctorate degree in biology and has taught fellow science educators. With her blend of technical and creative writing skills, she creates immersive, STEM-based content for our programs.