Emily has been a part of the OCEP team since December 2011. She is currently the resident scientist and program director of the Baxter Center for Science Education, an OCEP program in partnership with Baxter International, Inc. and Lindblom Math and Science Academy (LMSA) in Chicago Public Schools. Emily helps create teacher professional development workshops and curriculum resources, making them available for middle and high school teachers in the Chicago area. She splits her time between Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus and LMSA in Chicago. She loves being able to work with such dedicated and passionate co-workers and teachers. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science from Marlboro College and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College.
Ashley joined the OCEP team in February of 2014. She currently works for the Baxter Center for Science Education, an OCEP program in partnership with Baxter International Inc. and Lindblom Math and Science Academy (LMSA) in Chicago Public Schools. Ashley helps create professional development workshops and curriculum resources, making them available for middle and high school teachers in the Chicago area. She splits her time between Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus and LMSA. Ashley loves that everyone at OCEP is dedicated to helping advance STEM education, no matter which project they are a part of. Ashley has both a master's and bachelor's degree from Purdue University.
Natalie joined the OCEP team in September 2018. She is working with the Baxter Center for Science Education to develop OCEP’s partnership with Baxter International Inc. and Round Lake Area Schools. Natalie is excited to share her passion for STEM at the Baxter Center’s newest location, Round Lake High School, and Northwestern. In working with OCEP, Natalie also hopes to promote equity in STEM education by supporting teacher professional development, providing authentic STEM experiences for students, and developing community partnerships in Lake County. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and a certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Amy joined OCEP in December of 2011, bringing 10 years of experience with non-profits both nationally and internationally to the team. Amy’s program areas of expertise include education, public health, community development, and the environment. She has extensive experience in organizational development and strategy; program development, management, and evaluation; building partnerships between community groups, non-profits, government agencies, public schools, universities, foundations, and corporations; and grant development and fundraising. Amy is a founding member of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI), which is designed to create a community of practice that fosters the development of sustainable and scalable broader impacts activity. She is also assisting with the development of STEM Ecosystems in Chicago and Evanston as part of the national STEM Ecosystem initiative that is building a national community of practice focused on developing cross-sector collaborations to deliver engaging, real-world pre-K-16 STEM learning. Amy has a Ph.D. in geography from West Virginia University. Amy loves that working at OCEP allows her to develop partnerships between Northwestern University and K-12, industry, foundations, government, and the surrounding community to improve STEM education. She also loves working with the OCEP team and deeply values their dedication to STEM education and connecting the University to the community.
Sachin began working at OCEP in May of 2013. Sachin works as a software developer for the Baxter Center for Science Education and the Computational Thinking in STEM (CT-STEM) projects. Sachin loves to work at OCEP because he gets to come and hang out with cool people every day. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington in 2006 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago in 2013.
Emily joined the OCEP team in February 2016. Emily supports all of the programs and partnerships at OCEP as well as the operations of the office. Prior to working at OCEP, Emily taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools. She loves working at OCEP because it affords her a different lens with which to look at education and the resources to help explore and create change in education. She also loves the passionate people that she gets to work and collaborate with every day. Emily holds teaching licenses in Illinois and Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Science in the Foundations of Elementary Education degree in 2012 and a Masters of Education in 2013, both from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Jen Richards joined Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy in January of 2019. She is excited to serve as a faculty partner with the Baxter Center, supporting the design and implementation of professional learning opportunities with science teachers throughout the Chicagoland area and pursuing jointly defined research opportunities. Prior to coming to Northwestern, Jen was a postdoctoral researcher with the Ambitious Science Teaching group at the University of Washington. She has middle and high school science teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Political Science/International Relations from the University of Delaware, and a master’s and Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Maryland.
Natalie joined the OCEP team in October of 2019. She currently works with the Baxter Center as an administrative aid, supporting the team with preparation, advertisement, and data organization for various projects and community-based initiatives. She works closely with the other members of the BCSE team to fulfill their needs and increase the pace of project development and completion. Natalie is passionate about STEM education and student experience, pursuing a bachelor of science in neuroscience as a member of the Northwestern class of 2023.