Vernier Software & Technology names the recipients of its 40th Anniversary Teacher Grants

BEAVERTON, Ore., December 13, 2021 – Vernier Software & Technology has named the 40 recipients of its 40th Anniversary Educator Grants. Fellows, who represent a range of grade levels and geographic regions, will each receive $ 1,000 in the Vernier technology of their choice, a one-year subscription to Vernier Graphical Analysis Pro, and three hours of virtual professional development to further support their education.

“With over 800 submissions in total, 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 scientific exploration, and we’re excited to now support these 40 educators — from five elementary schools, eight middle schools, 23 high schools, and four middle schools — who use data. collection technology with their students.

All fellows were chosen by a volunteer fellowship selection committee, made up of current science and STEM educators, consultants, and members of Vernier’s technical support team who are former educators. The committee selected the fellows based on a variety of factors, including Vernier technology implementation plans and the current needs of their school.

The fellows are:

Primary school

Erik Buck of Lincoln Elementary in Fresno, CA

Amy Coffey of Lyle Creek Elementary in Hickory, NC

Keith Furstenberg from Free Home Elementary School in Canton, Georgia

Amy Hindbaugh-Marr of Ithaca Public Schools in Ithaca, Michigan

Mindy Miller from USD 392 – Osborne County Schools in Osborne, Kansas

Middle school

Emil Barycki from 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 College 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 from Varsity Lakes Middle School in Lehigh Acres, Florida

Kennesha Walker of Elko Middle School in Sandston, Virginia

High school

Julie Bodette from Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland, Ohio

Alexandra Boyd of Apex Friendship High School in Apex, NC

Nzola De Magalhães from 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 from Oakland High School in Oakland, California

Samantha Johnson from 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 at the WA Bass Alternative Learning Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Michelle McSwigan of Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pradip Misra from Bagdad High / Middle School in Baghdad, Arizona

Brittany Moss of Harris County High School in Hamilton, Georgia

Kristin Newton of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Morning Pruitt from Eudora High School in Eudora, Kansas

Nate Raynor of the Apache Mescalero School in Mescalero, New Mexico

David Sander of Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina

Tiffany Scholle from Oswego East High School in Oswego, Illinois

Srividhya Sundaram of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, New Jersey

Renee Teague from Cheney High School in Cheney, Kansas

Kristy Topalovich of the Roosevelt Community Education Center in Rockford, Illinois

Kris Troha of Canby High School in Canby, Oregon


Maija Benitz, PhD, from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island

Arianna Demmerly of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska

Varun Paul, PhD, from Mississippi State University in Mississippi State, Mississippi

Susan Rutkowsky, PhD, from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

To learn more about the 40th Anniversary Scholarships and Fellows, visit

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been at the forefront of innovation in scientific and educational data collection technology for 40 years. Vernier was founded by a former professor of physics and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company engages with educators and develops creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable scientific interfaces, sensors and graphing / analysis software. With worldwide distribution in over 150 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, strengthen students’ critical thinking skills, and support scientific and technical practices detailed in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Vernier’s corporate culture is founded on environmentally responsible policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit

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