Maddie Zeigler

Education Consultant

Maddie Zeigler is an Educational Consultant and Grant Proposal Developer with vast experience in informal science education. Prior to her consulting career, she served as a senior education staff member at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science for 17 years. She has served as Principal Investigator and Project Director for major federal grant projects dealing with science education, including serving as PI for a NSF-funded bilingual project aimed at increasing science exposure/literacy for Latino families. During her tenure at NMMNHS, she oversaw an award-winning program that provided bilingual (Spanish/English) family science workshops and teacher professional development within the context of a community partnership with K-8 schools. Part of Ms. Zeigler's current work includes assisting Hispanic-Serving Institutions of higher education (commonly referred to as HSIs) to help expand their capacity to offer STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degree programs, and enhance and/or build appropriate STEM facilities and equipment. Ms. Zeigler has served as a grant reviewer for the NSF for the past 12 years and has served on the Board of the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering (Portland, Oregon) for the past 5 years. She has also served (and currently serves) as an Advisor for NSF-funded informal science education projects, such as Community Ambassadors in Science Exploration (CASE) and Communities of Learning for Urban Environmental Science (CLUES). Implemented by the Philadelphia/Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative (PISEC, consisting of The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, The Academy of Natural Sciences, and The New Jersey State Aquarium), both CASE and CLUES are outreach projects that support family science learning. In 2008, she was called upon to serve as a facilitator at the Bridges Conference for museum/community partnership programs that serve families (NSF-funded) and subsequently served as an editor for the best practices manual developed as a result of that conference (http://www.fi.edu/reports/bridges.lessons.pdf). A native of Puerto Rico, Ms. Zeigler is bilingual (English/Spanish) and holds a M.Ed. in Education and a B.A. in Modern Languages.