Elizabeth Guckenheimer

Education: BSc in Mathematics (Honors), Mt Holyoke College and U. of Wisconsin; MSc in Educational Studies: Science and Mathematics Curriculum, Oxford University; MBA, Simmons School of Management

Elizabeth Guckenheimer is a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of New England. Over the past 18 years she has served on the Board and Advisory Board in various roles, including as treasurer and as organizer of cultural events.

She is currently working to promote educational events in the society, and is planning an evening of accomplished scholars and fellows to illuminate the professional value of advanced studies at Oxford and Cambridge.

Before taking her MSc degree in Science and Mathematics Curriculum at the Oxford Department of Education in 1983, she taught Mathematics and Computer Science in Wantage School. In partnership with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, she pioneered the Schools Computing Project to give 6th formers across Oxfordshire access to state-of-the-art equipment. Long before the arrival of the internet, her students were emailing and arranging social events between schools. During this time, she also taught in-service courses for teachers at (now) Brookes University, served as chair of the Computer Education, on the committee of the Oxfordshire Branch of the British Computer Society as Education Liaison and Chair. She introduced micro(!)computing into her school and in 1988, authored the “SuperCalc Superbook”.

Her current professional interests are in STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education, starting in pre-school and continuing throughout life. She is pleased that there are increasing numbers of women enjoying the study of these subjects and pursuing related careers, and expects that one day women and men will be equally represented in STEM professions.

She is also interested in Education and Leadership and is delighted to serve as one of the USA Country Champions for the Oxford Education Society. She is very enthusiastic about recent game-changing initiatives providing free access to on-line education from the Khan Academy and university consortia Coursera (Stanford, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Michigan University), edX (MIT and Harvard), Udacity and others, as the world strives to educate itself for the 3rd millennium and a third industrial revolution.

Her personal interest in the present and future of education is enhanced by having three children and eight grandchildren.

In her role as Country Champion for the Oxford Education Society in the Boston area Elizabeth would like to:

  • Keep current on developments in education and teacher education.
  • Partner with the Oxford and Cambridge Society of New England in putting on events that focus on educational themes.
  • Reach out to OES members and other Oxford alumni who share an interest in education.
  • Participate in OES forums on local, national and international developments in the present and future of education.
  • Work with OES leadership on the recruitment of more US country champions.

If Elizabeth is your nearest Country Champion and you would like to contact her with your ideas for the OES in your area you can email her.