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Our Team

Emily Ferrin, Ph.D.

Interim Assistant Dean

Office of Community Education Partnerships

emily.ferrin@northwestern.edu

Emily has been a part of The Office of Community Education Partnerships (OCEP) team since December 2011. She is currently the Interim Assistant Dean for OCEP. 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 Walter, M.S.

Program & Partnership Coordinator

Baxter Center for Science Education

ashley.walter@northwestern.edu

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 Bueno, B.S.

Program & Partnership Coordinator

Baxter Center for Science Education

natalie.bueno@northwestern.edu

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.

Sachin Pradhan M.S.

Software Developer

Office of Community Education Partnerships

sachin.pradhan@northwestern.edu

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.

Jennifer Richards, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

School of Education and Social Policy

jrichards@northwestern.edu

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.

Gulnura Sultanova, , B.S.

Program Assistant

Office of Community Education Partnerships

gulnura.sultanova@northwestern.edu

Gulnura is a program assistant at the OCEP. She supports the OCEP programs and projects by processing purchase requests and assuring the team members have resources they need for successful collaboration and quality work. Gulnura has previously worked as a science teacher in middle school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Roosevelt University and aspires to pursue a master’s degree in higher education. Gulnura speaks four languages other than English and enjoys watching sunsets in the city by the Michigan Lake.

James Schottelkotte

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics

James.Schottelkotte@northwestern.edu

James joined Northwestern’s CIERA in February of 2022, and is thrilled to be a project partner with BCSE. James brings a background in the physical sciences and education. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Penn State in Planetary Science and Astronomy, and paired it with graduate coursework in Informal Science Education at Portland State. James is motivated to improve the human condition by elevating scientific literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills through public outreach and engagement. He has led STEM outreach programs for learners of all ages across the U.S. with a focus on individuals who are disadvantaged or underrepresented. James also loves visiting national parks, and his top joys are space, cats, sports, and ice cream.

Natalie Turner

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

natalieturner2023@u.northwestern.edu

Natalie is an administrative aid with the OCEP office. She supports the OCEP team on projects that include the preparation, advertisement, and data organization of and for many of OCEP’s community programs and partnerships, specifically the Baxter Center for Science Education (BCSE). Natalie is a current Weinberg undergraduate studying neuroscience.

Jamie Kim

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

jamiekim2025@u.northwestern.edu

Jamie joined the Baxter Center team in October 2021. She helps prepare workshops and compile resources for teachers as well as organize and develop Baxter Box materials. She hopes to help enhance science education and expand access to resources for teachers and students. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences with a major in neuroscience and a minor in Science and Human Culture as a member of the Class of 2025.

Irene Quan

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

iq@u.northwestern.edu

Irene joined OCEP in September 2021 as an Administrative Aide. She primarily works with the Baxter Center to coordinate student programming and efforts to increase accessibility for students who may not have access to STEM learning resources. Irene also collaborates with the other members of OCEP to assist with community-based initiatives in its partner high schools. She is extremely passionate about bridging gaps in educational inequities and is on track to graduate Northwestern in 2023 with a major in Economics and a minor in Science in Human Culture.

Gloria Pulido

Administrative Aid

Baxter Center for Science Education

gloriapul44@gmail.com

Gloria joined the Baxter Center team in June of 2022. She works as an administrative aid, assisting with workshops and student outreach programs such as the Summer Scholars Program. Gloria is currently a class of 2026 student at Wellesley College and is pursuing a major in biology.