about us:


Deb Dempsey, M. Ed.,and Carolyn DeCristofano, M. Ed.,co-founded Blue Heron STEM Education after years of informal collaborations on a variety of projects.

Before starting Blue Heron, Deb was a math and science teacher in Massachusetts, spending most of her 20 years in the classroom as a fifth grade teacher. While still teaching, she also served as a district science curriculum coordinator and mentor, and was an active teacher leader. A teacher researcher with the Making Learning Visible project at Harvard’s Project Zero and an Action Research Coordinator with the SE PALMS Coalition, she has always had a heart and mind for learning as well as teaching. Her current Blue Heron consulting involves writing curricula for clients and providing PD programs that reflects her deep insights into student and professional learning.

Carolyn is a curriculum and instruction specialist and President of Blue Heron STEM education. For over twenty years, she has focused on creating STEM and multi-disciplinary experiences for various learners -- museum visitors, K-8 teachers, and their students. Her projects have included curriculum, exhibit, and program development and educational research; she has worked with numerous school districts and educational institutions, such as the Museum of Science (Boston), Harvard’ Project Zero, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, TERC, and WGBH, Boston. The former Professional Development Director for the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project, she served on the development team for EiE, and as a Blue Heron consultant, still works with the program. Also as part of Blue Heron, she works on the Engaging Youth through Engineering team, playing an editorial and developer role for its middle school STEM curriculum modules. She also works with other projects and provides professional development nationally. In addition, Carolyn is the author of nonfiction books for children, including the acclaimed A Black Hole is NOT a Hole (Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., 2012), and enjoys providing author visits during her travels.