Our Staff


Kirsten Peterson - Director

Kirsten Peterson is an experienced online instructional designer and project director at Education Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit that addresses urgent challenges in education, health and economic development. For the past 16 years, she has been managing online learning and instructional design projects at EDC and is the Director of EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), a national capacity-building online learning program for educational organizations.

Since ETLO’s inception in 1999, Kirsten has lead teams of instructional designers, content experts, media specialists and web developers to help clients understand and meet their educational needs through online learning. Kirsten is skilled in the development of professional learning communities as well as management, scaling and sustainability of online learning programs. Recent development projects include online high school courses with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; an online communication system for the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education professional development program; teacher and student training for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Online,  and online course development for Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Kirsten is also the lab instructor for Web-Based Communication Strategies for Public Health Interventions, a graduate course in the Boston University School of Public Health’s MPH program.

Prior to her work at EDC, Kirsten taught high school English and Journalism. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Montana State University and an Ed.M. in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 


Jesse Campbell - Technology Associate

Jesse works on the technology team within ETLO. He helps develop and maintain course websites focusing on multi-media components and video production. Prior to joining ETLO, Jesse worked as a Technology Assistant at a K-8 school in Cambridge, MA. Jesse holds a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Connecticut State University and an A.L.M. in Educational Technologies from Harvard University. When time permits, Jesse tries to incorporate custom finish carpentry projects into his schedule to maintain the skills he learned while working with his father.

Erin Earnst - Program Manager / Course Developer and Facilitator

Erin Earnst is a Program Manager and Online Course Developer and Facilitator for ETLO. Her work with ETLO includes developing and updating online courses and providing support to participants and facilitators of ETLO workshops and courses. Prior to joining EDC, Erin developed and facilitated online and face-to-face professional development workshops for educators focusing on improving student learning through the use of technology across the country for Pearson, Scholastic, and Tom Snyder Productions. She taught at the elementary and middle school levels in Oklahoma City and Newton, Mass. Erin received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Boston College and her Masters in Teaching from the University of Portland (Oregon) through the University of Notre Dame’s ACE AmeriCorps program.

Nevin Katz - Online Learning Specialist

An experienced web developer, Nevin leverages HTML5, Javascript, and mobile development tools to design multimedia across disciplines, including a Design Your Classroom applet for ETLO's Blended Learning course and an iOS app on preventing illness for the Head Start program. Nevin also works on the CSS for ETLO's facilitated courses as well as theming for self-paced courses in Drupal. Nevin develops content for math and science professional development experiences, including illustrations on science misconceptions for the Mass. DOE and an animated video on concept-based biology teaching. In years past, Nevin has developed science content for EDC India's multimedia projects, including a Physics CD for single-computer classrooms, and audio/video programs for science and geometry. Prior to joining ETLO, Nevin taught high school science and authored the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series of teacher resource books. Nevin holds a B.S. in Biology from Swarthmore College and an Ed. M. in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Valerie Weagle - Research Associate

Valerie focuses on training course facilitation and custom online curriculum development. She recently developed custom online courses for Primary Source on Ancient and Modern China and for the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on presidential campaign videos. She holds a BA in English Literature from Bates College and an MA in Child Development from Tufts University.

Dorothea Wheeler - Technology Specialist

As a technology specialist, Dot has vast experience in IT management, executive level administrative support and extensive web site development. Her current work focuses on content management and course editing for online courses.

Jen Yurof - Online Course Facilitator

Jen is an online course facilitator for ETLO.  Prior to joining EDC, she worked as the Technology Integration Specialist and Computer Literacy Instructor for adult learners at a non-profit company in Attleboro, MA.  Jen has also facilitated graduate courses for educators at Framingham State University and Salem State University and taught at the elementary level for many years.  Jen received her B.A. in Psychology–based Human Relations from Connecticut College and an Ed. M. from Fitchburg State College.