Stacey (Gruber) van der Veen has extensive experience designing and delivering professional development programs to support New Jersey school districts as they implement the Next Generation Science Standards. She partners with administrators, school boards, and parent and community groups to educate the public about the NGSS. Before founding Leadership In Science, she was the Manager of Education Programs for the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to improving science teaching and learning in public schools. Through MISE she worked in partnership with local school districts to design professional development programs that served thousands of local teachers.
Stacey started her career teaching science and math at high schools in Newark, New Jersey, and New York City and has over 20 years of K-12 teaching and administrative experience in both public and private schools. She co-founded the Hoboken Charter School, one of the first cohort of schools chartered in New Jersey, where she served as Co-Coordinator, Child Study Team Coordinator, and member of the school’s Board of Trustees. Stacey earned her Ed.M. in secondary science education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.