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Meet The Acera EI Team

Courtney Dickinson

Acera & AceraEI Founder & Director
  • B.A., Dartmouth College
  • Certified Teacher
  • Former Leadership & Company Culture Consultant/Culture Architect, Sapient Corporation

Courtney Dickinson is a passionate educator with a strong belief in public service and innovation in education. Initially, Courtney was certified as a teacher and planned to work in public education. Things did not unfold that way, however, and she spent the first 15 years of her career in industry – both as culture architect at Sapient Corporation and then as a management consultant for other high growth organizations. 

In 2010, Courtney founded Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership. The K-8 school focuses on early and deep exposure to STEM, individual learning plans for every child, an eclectic blend of pedagogy that empowers teachers to create environments of discovery, authentic engagement, learning, and growth in their classrooms, and partnerships with scientific thought leaders in Greater Boston to link learning to real innovations and the challenges of our time.

From the very beginning, Courtney’s intent was to create a model that could happen anywhere. After years of developing and pilot-testing innovative curricula at Acera School, Courtney and her team launched AceraEI – an outreach division that brings Acera’s Tools to Transform Schools into public education. Through professional development workshops, ongoing support, and metrics for success, AceraEI partners with public schools to implement these Tools in a way that fits each school’s unique setting and needs, empowering educators to be change agents and leaders in their schools and school districts.   

Michael Hirsch

Life Sciences Specialist Teacher and Curriculum Collaborator
  • M.A.T. Biology, Salem State University
  • B.S., Molecular Biology, Clark University

Former Metabolic Disease & Inflammation Scientist; Former Public School Biology & Chemistry teacher

Trent Ramsey

AceraEI Project Manager & Acera School/AceraEI Director of Strategic Advancement
  • B.A. English and Sociology, Birmingham-Southern College
  • 20+ years of fundraising and development experience for nonprofits
  • Former Founder & Executive Director of YouthServe Birmingham

Joshua Schuler

One Brave Idea Project Lead/Consultant
  • B.A. Political Science & B.S. Environmental Studies, Tufts University
  • S.M. Technology and Policy, MIT
  • M.B.A.,Collège des Ingénieurs

Former executive director of Lemelson-MIT Program

Alisha Panjwani-Collins

SEEDS Studio Lab & Electronic Arts Consultant
  • B.Sc., Fashion Design, Annamalai University
  • M.S., Media Arts and Sciences, Media Lab, MIT

Co-author of the book StartMaking!; Co-founder of the Duct Tape Network. Former Member of Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab

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