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How far can our students go if we meet them where they are and explain things how they learn best?


Anupama (Ana) Krishnan

Math & Innovation Studio teacher

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Ana always knew she wanted a job where she could work closely with people, help others, and explain complex concepts in an accessible, easy-to-digest way. She took a circuitous route to realize that teaching checks all her boxes. Ana is a 2020 graduate of Olin College of Engineering, where she learned core engineering principles using project-based learning and human-centered design and was heavily involved in student support.

Before coming to NEIA, Ana was a virtual math and computer science tutor for students from under-resourced schools all over the country. She learned about her students as unique individuals and helped build their self-confidence and bring their foundational math skills to grade-level proficiency and beyond.

Ana is passionate about human-centered design, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, demystifying math, running, and baking.


B.S., Engineering with a Concentration in Design, Olin College of Engineering


You can learn a lot (especially about yourself) from taking the indirect path. It’s not weak to be vulnerable. Root your actions in being kind, fair, and compassionate!


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Yesterday, our mini inventors went to the Boston Museum of Science to see real life inventions and creations. They dove into design processes to ultimately guide them in their creation of a product which they will be presenting tomorrow!

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This week our mini inventors will be focusing on coding and prototyping. Yesterday, students prototyped a lamp, and today, they did the same with a sound machine. Students then used human-centered design to understand how to improve the product for the user by interviewing classmates and staff. Friday, students will present to their classmates, staff, and families their chosen projects starting from their beginning sketches to their prototype to the final product.

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