UNH Manchester Welcomes New STEM Discovery Lab Coordinator

UNH Manchester Welcomes New STEM Discovery Lab Coordinator

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Emily Kerr has joined the UNH Manchester staff as coordinator of the STEM Discovery Lab. In this role, Kerr will support the collaborative effort between UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Manchester at the STEM Discovery Lab located on the Manchester campus. 

Kerr brings over eight years of experience working as an English as a Second Language and English Language Learner educator for youth and adults in the greater Manchester and seacoast areas. At UNH Manchester, Kerr was the project assistant for GATE CITY (Getting All Teachers ESOL Certified in Two Years) from 2012 to 2015. During her tenure, 70 Nashua educators were trained as part of a five-year Title III federal grant. Kerr is also a freelance writer and has co-authored two books on hiking with children in New England. 

Kerr earned her bachelor's degree in international studies from Ohio State University and was awarded a master’s degree in education from UNH Manchester. She holds her N.H. ESOL certification. 

“I am excited to join such a dedicated team working to improve STEM education and access to learning opportunities for students, families, and educators in New Hampshire," she says. "I am especially excited to be back in Manchester, with its rich diversity. Through my previous work in Manchester, I’ve seen firsthand how empowering and transformative programs such as those offered by the STEM Discovery Lab are, and I am thrilled to be in a position to support those programs. I believe that it’s crucial we prepare our students for the future, and through its collaborative efforts with partners throughout the community, the STEM Discovery Lab is helping to ensure our students’ success in STEM fields. It’s extremely rewarding for me when I can collaborate with others, so I am looking forward to joining those efforts and building upon existing partnerships.”

Sarah Grosvenor, field specialist on Cooperative Extension's Science Literacy Team  and affiliate specialist with the STEM Discovery Lab, is delighted to welcome Emily to the team and to work with her on the development of engaging and culturally competent STEM programs for the greater Manchester area.

“With Emily joining the STEM Discovery Lab, we are gaining someone with unique expertise on the cultural diversity in Manchester," says Grosvenor. "Emily has strong ties to the UNH Manchester community, as well as an enthusiasm to engage youth in Manchester. We are so fortunate to have her on our team.”

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