GMRI has selected Leigh Peake as the organization’s Chief Education Officer. Leigh’s hire concluded a national search for a successor to Alan Lishness in the role. Leigh will lead our work with Maine’s students to develop their science literacy – a complex suite of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills.
“Underlying all those skills is what is most exciting to me and what is at the heart of science literacy — celebrating students’ natural curiosity and supporting them as engaged citizens who feel empowered to influence the world around them,” Leigh said. “This is a truly compelling time to work in science education.”
Leigh is a seasoned educational publishing executive and entrepreneur. She started her career as a teacher and most recently worked as Director of New Enterprise Initiatives at the Education Development Center in Waltham, Mass. She comes from a family of educators, including a grandfather who ran a one-room schoolhouse in rural Virginia.
“Throughout my life, I’ve had amazing mentors who shared their passion for education with me and had faith that I could take on big challenges,” Leigh said. “As I’ve moved into mentoring staff over the years, I’ve found myself even more inspired through the process of supporting their growth and evolution.”
Leigh said she was drawn to GMRI’s can-do attitude and its ambitious aspirations for making an impact. In particular, she is excited about leveraging the organization’s ability to distill complex data into engaging tools and curricula.
“The world is now awash in ‘big data,’” she said. “Students need to interact with this type of information to prepare them to live in the constantly expanding data universe.”