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It takes courage to rebel, to create something new for this moment. How do we, as a new school, keep this at the forefront of everything?


Emma Mattesky

Innovation Studio & Humanities teacher; Lead Integration Designer

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Emma comes to NEIA with a keen interest in school improvement. She has experience teaching middle and elementary English Language Arts and Gifted Education in public, charter, independent, and international schools. Most recently, Emma was the Director of Innovation at an elementary school in Media, PA where she helped integrate the innovation lab and the innovator’s mindset into the school’s mission, pedagogy, and curriculum. Her interests are organizational change management, innovation in school, innovative school models, transformational leadership, and human-centered design. She is consistently impressed with the courage and dedication of the NEIA students, faculty and staff, and families as they design the new school of their dreams. She is honored to be a part of this community.


The University of Pennsylvania Executive Program for Social Innovation Design, Stuart Weitzman School of Design; School of Social Policy and Practice

B.A., Cum Laude, in Philosophy and Anthropology from Tulane University


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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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