Dr. Meghan Groome is the Director of K12 Science Education Initiatives at the New York Academy of Sciences, which includes the STEM Afterschool Mentoring Program, NYC Science Teacher Initiative, and the Academy’s education web portal. Dr. Groome is also the Director of Science & the City, the public gateway to the New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Groome joined the Academy in July of 2010 after spending almost three years as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History. While at AMNH, Dr. Groome worked on special projects in the Government Relations and Education Departments. Previous to her work at AMNH, Dr. Groome was a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Governors Association and worked on Governor Janet Napolitano’s Innovation America initiative and co-authored Building a STEM Agenda, a framework for state’s and large organizations to improve their science education pipelines from birth through graduate school.
Dr. Groome completed her PhD at Teachers College Columbia University in Science Education with a focus on urban science education and reform and conducted field research with Dr. Ann Rivet and Dr. Angela Calabrese-Barton at middle schools across NYC. Her academic work includes learning in informal environments, professional development for teachers, and specific classroom strategies for increasing equity and access in schools and has authored numerous articles and academic presentation on those topic areas. During graduate school, Dr. Groome co-founded uPublic, an education consulting company focused on local, national, and international education reforms including large-scale policy reforms in developing countries and school design. In addition, Dr. Groome was an Education Policy Fellow for the Institute for Educational Leadership.
Dr. Groome graduated from The Colorado College in 2000 with a major in biology and theater and is a certified science teacher with experience teaching PreK through Graduate school. She has taught chemistry, physics, and biology and was the founding biology teacher at a start-up school in Paterson, NJ.