Meet the Education Experts Who Develop Our STEM Programs
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.
(Senior Curriculum Writer and Mentor)
Rachelle’s passion for the arts and sciences began when she was a child. Frequent trips to science and art museums and the theater, as well as visits to the biology lab where her father worked, all inspired her to pursue licensure in K-12 Visual Art Education. Rachelle holds both a B.F.A. in Art Education and an M.Ed. as a Gifted Intervention Specialist.
(Creativity and Innovation Strategist)
Jayme is currently the only person in the U.S. who has earned 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. Along with her multifaceted education, Jayme brings an exceptional passion for learning and creative problem solving to our team.
(Education Tactician and Exhibit Content Specialist)
Ashley has an M.A. in History along with a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Delaware. For more than five years, Ashley has worked in multiple educational roles and has developed programs, exhibits, digital assets and curricula for museums, libraries and other nonprofit organizations.
Rachel has a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education. She is licensed in Math and ELA for grades 4-9, and all four core subjects for grades 4-6. Rachel started her career at NIHF in Customer Relations, contributing to the accommodations team and providing crucial support to families. Rachel brings priceless firsthand experience as a Camp Invention Instructor, and she strives to empower all children to be world-changing innovators.
Erica Matheny, Ph.D.
(Curriculum Writer and Researcher)
Erica has a Ph.D. in Urban Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Ecology. Her passion for ecology and biology drove her toward an academic career, and she has taught in both university and high school classrooms. Erica contributes to the development of curricula from multiple disciplines, and her work makes it clear that she loves to inspire future innovators.
Emily is a creative writer who can take complex scientific research and turn it into engaging stories designed to spark imagination. With every program activity she writes, Emily’s goal is to tap into each student’s natural curiosity and provide them with an effective structure for investigation. She holds a B.S. in Advertising from Kent State University.
(Vice President of Education Research and Development)
Alaina leads our Education Team to consistently deliver effective, timely and inspiring curricula for each of our programs. She holds both an M.Sc. in Children’s Rights and a B.A. in Psychology. Before joining our team, Alaina studied educational methods in Europe, taught in a laboratory classroom and professionally researched worldwide education policies.
(Senior Curriculum Designer and Tactician)
Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Biology, specializing in Science Education, as well as an M.S. in Cell and Organismal Biology and a B.A. in Biopsychology. Applying this extensive expertise, Jennifer has taught fellow science educators. With her blend of technical and creative writing skills, she develops immersive, effective STEM-based content for our programs.