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).
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Associate Executive Director
Jared O'Leary, PhD
Director of Education & Research
McKay Perkins, MS
Stacie Mason, PhD
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