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John Heffernan


Short Bio

John Heffernan is currently Technology and Enrichment Teacher at the Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg, MA. John Heffernan was previously an Educational Technology Consultant for the Collaborative for Educational Services. John taught third grade in Amherst, MA for seven years. John was a Principal Software Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation.

John's passion is elementary engineering education. He feels that we must nurture young children's natural engineering instincts throughout elementary school if we are to create the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workforce of the future.

John has presented sessions on technology, science, and engineering education at numerous conferences. He is co-author of Robotics As Computational Manipulatives in the Journal of Research in Technology Education. He is also the author of Elementary Engineering: Sustaining the Natural Engineering Instincts of Children. John is a member of the Lego Education Advisory Panel.

John has B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tufts University; a M.Ed. in elementary education from Lesley University; and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently completing a doctorate in STEM education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is certified in both elementary and K-12 technology education. John received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2016.