Ms. Nicole O’Neil
Professional Development Provider for Engineering is Elementary
Museum of Science, Boston

Ms. Nicole O’Neil is a Professional Development Provider for Engineering is Elementary at the Museum of Science, Boston.  Originally from a rural town just outside of Indianapolis, IN, Nicole’s love affair with science began in 7th grade science while dissecting fetal pigs.  “It was just so fascinating to me how so many integral pieces of anatomy could fit and work together in such a confined space!” she exclaims.  From there, she went on to receive a B.S. in chemistry from Indiana University, an M.S. in chemistry from Purdue University.  Professionally, Nicole has worked as a chemist at Pfizer on projects such the development of new and improved ADHD medications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, she noticed that there were so few people in the field, women in particular, that she wanted to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers – by becoming a science teacher.

Nicole received her M.A. in education from Georgetown College and concurrently worked as a high school science teacher in Lexington, KY. She then moved to Chicago, IL to work as a high school science teacher and department coordinator for the Noble Network of Charter Schools.  While there, she founded a number of clubs, including Big City Mountaineers and the network was named the nation’s 4th Most Change-Making school by The Daily Beast.  She was eventually drawn to Boston for it’s educational climate and has worked with BetterLesson and Uncommon Schools prior to working at the museum.