PD Portal

Heather Cunningham

Heather Cunningham is an educational leader that has worked in the field for over twenty years. In the early part of her career, Heather was an elementary classroom teacher and math lead. As she grew and honed her craft, Heather developed a love for technology and the potential it offered the world of education. As a classroom teacher, Heather created collaborative learning opportunities for her students and colleagues. Through an innovation grant, Heather was able to bring the world to her classroom and led those around her to develop personalized learning pathways, connect with experts in the field, and integrate technology in new and unique ways, including coding and learning science through Minecraft.

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, Digital Media, and E-Learning, from the University of Colorado Denver, Heather worked with teachers to develop responsible and creative digital learners, while integrating hands-on learning through makerspace exploration. Most recently, Heather worked as a K-5 STEM teacher and technology integration specialist, where she taught students engineering, computational thinking, and developed code for content, robotics, and creative projects. Over the last several years, Heather has also taught professional development to educators on coding, digital tools, robotics, personalized learning, e-learning platforms, passion projects, connecting with experts, and makerspace design. Whether it be educating children or adults, Heather has always had a love for teaching and learning. Currently, Heather is pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership and equity in education from the University of Colorado Denver, with a focus on the underrepresentation of marginalized students in STEM.

In her free time, Heather loves to read (currently Becoming by Michelle Obama and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo) , test out her Keto baking skills, play with her golden retriever Sofie, research new technology, and go on adventures with her fiancé Scott and their blended family of four amazing kids (Meghan, Trevor, Jack and Abby).

Our Team

Our team is committed to expanding equitable access to computer science and coding. We are former public educators, creatives, and lifelong learners who are deeply engaged and passionate about what we do.
Clark Merkley

Clark Merkley

Executive Director

Get to Know Clark

Abby Funabiki, MPA

Associate Executive Director

Get to Know Abby
Jared O'Leary

Jared O'Leary, PhD

Director of Education & Research

Get to Know Jared

Karen Melara

Marketing Manager

Get to Know Karen

Tizara Taylor

District Coding Accelerator

Get to Know Tizara

Suzanne B. Carlson, M. Ed.

District Coding Accelerator

Get to Know Suzanne

Brenda Bass

PD Facilitator

Get to Know Brenda

McKay Perkins, MS

PD Facilitator

Get to Know McKay

Laurie Green

PD Facilitator

Get to Know Laurie

Heather Cunningham

PD Facilitator

Get to Know Heather
Carlos Leon

Carlos Leon

PD Facilitator

Get To Know Carlos
Melody Hagaman

Melody Hagaman

PD Facilitator

Get to know Melody

Ashley Waring

PD Facilitator

Get to Know Ashley

Kelly Powers

PD Facilitator

Get to Know Kelly

Michael Hanahan

Marketing Consultant

Get to Know Michael
Emilie Martinez

Emilie Martinez

Web Developer

Get to Know Emilie

Stacie Mason, PhD

Research and Evaluation

Get to Know Stacie
AboutPDCurriculumContact Us
Say Helloinfo@bootuppd.org(435) 565-6358
©2021 BootUp PD, Inc. All rights reserved. BootUp is a nonprofit and IRS Section 501(c)(3) organization.
Unless otherwise indicated, all materials on these pages are copyrighted by BootUp PD, Inc. No part of these pages, either text or image may be used for any purpose other than personal use. Therefore, reproduction, modification, storage in a retrieval system or retransmission, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical or otherwise, for reasons other than personal use, is strictly prohibited without prior written permission.
Powered by Contentful
Terms of ServiceCookie PolicyPrivacy Policy