Vernier Software & Technology Names the Winners of Its 40th Anniversary Educator Grants

Vernier Software & Technology has named the 40 recipients of its 40th anniversary educator grants. The grantees—who represent a range of grade levels and geographic regions—will each receive $1,000 in Vernier technology of their choosing, a one-year subscription to Vernier Graphical Analysis Pro, and three hours of virtual professional development to further support their teaching.

“With more than 800 total submissions, we were truly blown away by the response we received from educators,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “For 40 years, Vernier Software & Technology has supported hands-on science exploration, and we are excited to now support these 40 educators—from five elementary schools, eight middle schools, 23 high schools, and four colleges—as they use data-collection technology with their students.”

All the grantees were chosen by a volunteer Grantee Selection Committee, which consisted of current science and STEM educators, consultants, and members of the Vernier tech support team who are former educators. The committee selected the grantees based on various factors, including plans for implementing the Vernier technology and current needs of their school.

The grantees are:

Elementary School
● Erik Buck of Lincoln Elementary in Fresno, California
● Amy Coffey of Lyle Creek Elementary in Hickory, North Carolina
● Keith Furstenberg of Free Home Elementary School in Canton, Georgia
● Amy Hindbaugh-Marr of Ithaca Public Schools in Ithaca, Michigan
● Mindy Miller of USD 392–Osborne County Schools in Osborne, Kansas

Middle School
● Emil Barycki of Los Tules Middle School in Tulare, California
● Christopher Broomall of New Smyrna Beach Middle School in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
● Chris Frattaroli of Shea Middle School in Phoenix, Arizona
● Carey Hancey-Shier of Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas, Virginia
● Vicki Johnson of Cottonwood Creek K–8 School in Dublin, California
● Pritul Patel of Tapestry Public Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia
● Laurie Smiley of Varsity Lakes Middle School in Lehigh Acres, Florida
● Kennesha Walker of Elko Middle School in Sandston, Virginia

High School
● Julie Bodette of Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland, Ohio
● Alexandra Boyd of Apex Friendship High School in Apex, North Carolina
● Nzola De Magalhães of Western High School in Anaheim, California
● Jana Dunbar of Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut
● Joseph Evans of Kent County High School in Worton, Maryland
● Rebecca Gregory of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia
● Saqib Hashim of Oakland High School in Oakland, California
● Samantha Johnson of Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California
● Dave Kissack of Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa
● Shelley Kozlowski of Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Georgia
● Sonya Mansfield of W. A. Bass Alternative Learning Center in Nashville, Tennessee
● Michelle McSwigan of Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
● Pradip Misra of Bagdad High/Middle School in Bagdad, Arizona
● Brittany Moss of Harris County High School in Hamilton, Georgia
● Kristin Newton of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
● Morning Pruitt of Eudora High School in Eudora, Kansas
● Nate Raynor of Mescalero Apache School in Mescalero, New Mexico
● David Sander of Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina
● Tiffany Scholle of Oswego East High School in Oswego, Illinois
● Srividhya Sundaram of Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, New Jersey
● Renee Teague of Cheney High School in Cheney, Kansas
● Kristy Topalovich of Roosevelt Community Education Center in Rockford, Illinois
● Kris Troha of Canby High School in Canby, Oregon

● Maija Benitz, PhD, of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island
● Arianna Demmerly of University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska
● Varun Paul, PhD, of Mississippi State University in Mississippi State, Mississippi
● Susan Rutkowsky, PhD, of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

To learn more about the 40th anniversary grants and grantees, visit

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