We’re pleased to welcome three new members to the Science in Society team!
Emily Mathews is a former Chicago Public Schools science teacher and, more recently, a science instructional coach and professional development leader for the STEM Center at DePaul University. Emily shares our belief that all students deserve a sustained, high-quality science education – a vision she’ll help bring to life by guiding our flagship program, Science Club, and Science Club Summer Camp, our practicum-based professional development program for third-grade CPS teachers.
Emily is a committed member of Chicago’s science education community, where she’s made science fun, exciting, and accessible to students and teachers alike. Her deep understanding of what it’s like to teach science in a CPS classroom, and her passion and enthusiasm for supporting kids and teachers with inquiry-based learning, will be a boon to our growing team. Emily said, “I am looking forward to learning new things and building relationships with our stakeholders to continue helping people meaningfully connect science to their lives.”
Jake Nalley discovered his love for science education while finishing his PhD in Integrative Biology. (His doctoral research examined biofuels from algae, an emerging and promising alternative energy source.) Jake is a scientist committed to sharing the power and wonder of science with others.
He’s joining the Science Club team to support both the Club’s urban youth members with authentic science skills and help train and support our scientist-mentors as they develop their community-centered practice. He will oversee day-to-day operations of Science Club at Pederson-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, and support Science Club’s expansion to its newest site, McGaw YMCA’s MetaMedia.
“The most exciting part about working at Science in Society is the innovative and effective science education programming. The work being done here is at the forefront of science education and being a part of that is extremely appealing,” Jake said.
The community-focused programs Jake and Emily are involved in have led to countless success stories: a student discovers her love of science for the first time; a teacher transforms what science education looks like in his classroom; a scientist-mentor inspires a student to pursue a career in STEM. Paige Edmiston joins our communications team to help elevate these stories and support our program staff and community of partners. She’s an experienced storyteller who specializes in using digital platforms to connect people and build communities with a shared passion for curiosity, learning, and education.
Paige said, “I was drawn to the Center because of its commitment to building long-lasting relationships, collaborating with communities, and serving those most in need. These are not just words: I see these values in action every day at Science in Society. I’m proud to be a member of this team and excited for the opportunity to help share the Center’s stories.”
We are thrilled to have three new colleagues who share our passion for supporting underserved communities and impactful science education. Please join us in welcoming Emily, Jake, and Paige to the Science in Society community!