Our Story

Our mission is to elevate STEM education by enriching student learning and enhancing educator knowledge through interactive experiences.

 
 

The Einstein Project is a nationally-recognized STEM resource center dedicated to providing quality, inquiry-based education materials, curriculum and professional development for educators.

At our core, we lease STEM (science, engineering, maker and math) kits for 4K - 8th grade educators. Our kits consist of research-based curriculum and interactive materials for 25 - 30 students, making them a full unit of study. As a nationally recognized STEM Resource Center, our goal is to create STEM literacy for all students, by giving them a quality education to prepare them for challenges they will face in their careers and in society. Each year our program impacts more than 5,000 educators and since our inception, we have created over 1.5 million hands-on experiences.

With our refurbishment process, we are able to lease about 2,500 units to schools; however, we currently only own 1,200 units. Our units are on a constant cycle between schools and the Einstein Project. Our processes and resources are structured to assist educators in teaching fun, interactive lessons, but it is meant to promote economic development in the communities we serve.

In 1991, in a “little white house” in Downtown Green Bay, our nonprofit was born as a consortium of seven school districts, Foth & Van Dyke Engineering Firm, and community member,s David & Cecelia Turriff. Since then, we have partnered with Carolina Biological, the Smithsonian Science Education Center and other national and state organizations.

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the einstein way

The Einstein Project leadership team developed "the einstein way" to inform our stockholders what makes our organization different and allows for our success, while showcasing our core values. These behaviros in practice in our organizaiton create our culture.

Differentiating Behaviors to Create Success:

  • We listen carefully to our stakeholder’s experiences, feedback & ideas in order to continuously improve.
  • We provide an open and honest setting that allows our stakeholders to collaborate.
  • We provide seamless interaction by providing speedy & easy solutions.
  • We are on the leading edge; we analyze, select and/or create programs & services which meet the needs of our customers.
  • We “Einstein” each product, infusing them with the best of our stakeholders’ ideas to create state-of-the-art, easy-to-use resources.
  • We use pricing models that are sustainable for us as well as affordable for our customers. We use creative methods (lease vs. buy, recycling, donations, volunteer labor support, etc.) to develop the right solution for our customers while allowing us to keep our quality standards high and our product offerings fresh.
  • We do what we commit to, creating an environment of high trust.

The result is that we are education-focused, easy to work with, and are our customers’ first choice.

Core Value Behaviors:

Respect:
We proactively listen to others. We speak up so others know what we are thinking. We observe the Platinum Rule: treat others as they wish to be treated.

Dedication:
We relate all activities and decisions to our Einstein mission and vision.

Innovation:
We drive and embrace change with an open mind by consistently looking for better ways to accomplish our mission.

Collaboration:
We share key information and work jointly to assure maximum effectiveness to achieve our mission and goals. We are inclusive of all “our” people – customers, employees, volunteers and community members’ voices are all heard.

Influence:
We act and relate (with our attitudes, encouragement, and insights) to positively impact all those we come in contact with each day.

Fun:
We bring a light-hearted approach to our work and relationships, which not only makes others want to be around us, but actually makes us all more productive.

 
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Meet Our Team

Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.

  Kelly Ellis    Head Honcho  ceo visionary  defender of the mission  Kelly joined the Einstein Project in 2013. Kelly brings substantial experience to the Einstein Project from her time as a Resource Development Director at Brown County United Way and as the Executive Director for On Broadway, Inc. Her honors and awards include Leadership Green Bay (2014), Future 15, 40 Under 40 award, and summa cum laud in her BS – Business Management degree from UW-Green Bay.

Kelly Ellis

Head Honcho
ceo
visionary
defender of the mission

Kelly joined the Einstein Project in 2013. Kelly brings substantial experience to the Einstein Project from her time as a Resource Development Director at Brown County United Way and as the Executive Director for On Broadway, Inc. Her honors and awards include Leadership Green Bay (2014), Future 15, 40 Under 40 award, and summa cum laud in her BS – Business Management degree from UW-Green Bay.

  Annie Goffard    Left-handed, Right-hand Woman  executive assistant finance human resources  Prior to joining our team in November 2013, Annie was a successful certified in-home family daycare provider for eight years. She also gained accounting and human resource experience from a small benefits company for three years. She holds a double BS degree in Accounting and Management from UW-Green Bay.  Annie is currently in the process of becoming HR certified by  SHRM .   

Annie Goffard

Left-handed, Right-hand Woman
executive assistant
finance
human resources

Prior to joining our team in November 2013, Annie was a successful certified in-home family daycare provider for eight years. She also gained accounting and human resource experience from a small benefits company for three years. She holds a double BS degree in Accounting and Management from UW-Green Bay.  Annie is currently in the process of becoming HR certified by SHRM.

 

  Chad Janowski    Learning Architect  curriculum design kit development education advisor  Chad started with the Einstein Project in March 2017, after spending 18 years as a high school biology and environmental science instructor.    Chad has worked with the Professional Development Committee of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST), and was a founding member of the Science Futures Program. Chad received the Excellence in Science Education Award from WSST and in 2016, he was named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Chad Janowski

Learning Architect
curriculum design
kit development
education advisor

Chad started with the Einstein Project in March 2017, after spending 18 years as a high school biology and environmental science instructor.    Chad has worked with the Professional Development Committee of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST), and was a founding member of the Science Futures Program. Chad received the Excellence in Science Education Award from WSST and in 2016, he was named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

  Kim Lemberger    Time, Talent & Treasure Hunter  educator training  impact measurement  resource development  As a classroom teacher for over 25 years, Kim's personal mission is to provide meaningful, hands-on, minds-on learning experiences for every child  to empower them for their future. She has been a long-time supporter of the Einstein Project since attending her first academy in 1993. She has served as a unit trainer and specialist in science notebooking. Kim joined the Einstein Project team in June of 2017 after her career as a middle school teacher.

Kim Lemberger

Time, Talent & Treasure Hunter
educator training
impact measurement
resource development

As a classroom teacher for over 25 years, Kim's personal mission is to provide meaningful, hands-on, minds-on learning experiences for every child  to empower them for their future. She has been a long-time supporter of the Einstein Project since attending her first academy in 1993. She has served as a unit trainer and specialist in science notebooking. Kim joined the Einstein Project team in June of 2017 after her career as a middle school teacher.

  Dennis Rockhill    Jedi Maker-Mindset Master  makerspace director  kit development  Dennis joined the Einstein Project team in Fall 2017, after spending three years co-founding, managing, and serving as the executive director of the nonprofit, Proto, Inc.; a youth-focused makerspace.  From 1993-2015, Dennis held various technical, product development and design positions at WS Packaging, Belmark, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Wild Blue Technologies. He is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator and an alumni of UW-Green Bay with a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration.

Dennis Rockhill

Jedi Maker-Mindset Master
makerspace director
kit development

Dennis joined the Einstein Project team in Fall 2017, after spending three years co-founding, managing, and serving as the executive director of the nonprofit, Proto, Inc.; a youth-focused makerspace.  From 1993-2015, Dennis held various technical, product development and design positions at WS Packaging, Belmark, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Wild Blue Technologies. He is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator and an alumni of UW-Green Bay with a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration.

  April Pingel    Ambassador of Buzz  marketing events volunteerism  April joined our team in August 2015. She brings extensive experience from her role as a Marketing & Events Coordinator at LaForce. April holds her degree in Communication-Rhetoric from Ripon College, where she began working with local nonprofits as an Americorps Vista.   

April Pingel

Ambassador of Buzz
marketing
events
volunteerism

April joined our team in August 2015. She brings extensive experience from her role as a Marketing & Events Coordinator at LaForce. April holds her degree in Communication-Rhetoric from Ripon College, where she began working with local nonprofits as an Americorps Vista.

 

  Johnny Froelich    Production Ninja  material management  kit packing  Johnny joined the Einstein Project team in June 2011 after five years of preload supervisor experience at UPS. He was also a personal trainer at the YMCA for five years. Johnny holds a BS degree in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee.

Johnny Froelich

Production Ninja
material management
kit packing

Johnny joined the Einstein Project team in June 2011 after five years of preload supervisor experience at UPS. He was also a personal trainer at the YMCA for five years. Johnny holds a BS degree in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee.

  Crystal Hoover    Production Ninja  material management kit packing  Crystal joined the Einstein Project team in October 2017 after six years with Lamer Bus Lines, Inc. She also worked at College Kids, a screen printing organization that creates college logo apparel for children. Crystal is currently enrolled at Fox Valley Technological College, where she is studying to become an EMT/Paramedic as well as a certified welder.

Crystal Hoover

Production Ninja
material management
kit packing

Crystal joined the Einstein Project team in October 2017 after six years with Lamer Bus Lines, Inc. She also worked at College Kids, a screen printing organization that creates college logo apparel for children. Crystal is currently enrolled at Fox Valley Technological College, where she is studying to become an EMT/Paramedic as well as a certified welder.

  Natalie Paprocki    Production Ninja  material management kit packing  In the fall of 2017, Natalie joined our team. Natalie spent the last seven years running an in-home daycare, where she coordinated various children's school and activity schedules. She also managed three employees during this time. Prior to opening her own business, she was part of the East Coast Customer Service team at Schneider National. In the past, Natalie also worked for Benefit Advantage, in which she over saw the flex spending accounts.

Natalie Paprocki

Production Ninja
material management
kit packing

In the fall of 2017, Natalie joined our team. Natalie spent the last seven years running an in-home daycare, where she coordinated various children's school and activity schedules. She also managed three employees during this time. Prior to opening her own business, she was part of the East Coast Customer Service team at Schneider National. In the past, Natalie also worked for Benefit Advantage, in which she over saw the flex spending accounts.

  Autumn Rockhill    Young, Energetic Scholar  Intern - event support & administrative assistance  Autumn joined our team as a summer intern in 2016. Autumn, a native of Green Bay, is currently studying at UW-Green Bay and plans to graduate with a triple major in Spanish, Creative Writing, and Science Communications in 2020. When she was younger, she was an Einstein kid, participated in Destination Imagination and had a passion for creating. Currently, she is a member of the UWGB band, pep-band and assisting with Destination Imagination.

Autumn Rockhill

Young, Energetic Scholar
Intern - event support & administrative assistance

Autumn joined our team as a summer intern in 2016. Autumn, a native of Green Bay, is currently studying at UW-Green Bay and plans to graduate with a triple major in Spanish, Creative Writing, and Science Communications in 2020. When she was younger, she was an Einstein kid, participated in Destination Imagination and had a passion for creating. Currently, she is a member of the UWGB band, pep-band and assisting with Destination Imagination.

 

Einstein Partners

Upon giving a gift to the Einstein Project, you are joining in a partnership to bring excellent STEM education to classrooms and our community. Einstein Project counts on our partners to support our mission through monetary and in-kind donations. We are thankful for the generosity.

 

$10,000 - $25,000

Organizations

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation^

$9,999 - $5,000

Organizations

Foth*^                      
Greater Green Bay Community Foundation*
 

 

 

$4,999 - $1,000

Organizations
Allouez Optimist Club of Green Bay
Associated Bank^
BayTek Games*^
Carolina Biological^
Cellcom/Nsight^
Coway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C.
Green Bay Packers GiveBack^
MCL Industries*
Oneok Partners Intermediate^
Schreiber Foods*^
Somerville
TransCanada Pipeline^
Triangle Manufacturing

Individuals
James Hinckley MD
Patrick Quinlan
 

 

$999 - $500

Organizations
Culver's-DePere^
Culver's-Suamico^
Culver's-Voyager^
Culver's-West Mason St^
GEI Consultants
Legend Larry's^
Plae Bistro LLC^
Texas Roadhouse^
 

Individuals
Paul Blindauer
Amy J Gevaert & Steven C Gevaert
Michelle Gonnering
Nancy Kwaterski
Charles Lieb
Dr. William Swantson & Marilyn
 

$499 - $100

Organizations
Black Honey Hashery^
Happy Joe's of Green Bay^
Creamery Cafe'
Glass Nickel Pizza^
Graystone Ale House^
Great Harvest Bread^
Gyro Kabobs^
HuHot Grill^
Lava Roasting House^
Los Banditos - East^
Lost Banditos - West^
Luna Coffee, LLC^
NECTAR of Green Bay^
The Blue Opus LLC ^
Wisconsin Bank & Trust

Individuals
Lars & Nicole Batzel
Avi & Laurie Berk
Dale R. Davis
Dennis Derricks
Bruce & Diana Fenster
Thomas Joynt
Robert & Sue Ellen Mathews
Dian Page
Christopher & Michelle Pahl
Mark Radtke
Carol Ray
Mike Reinert
Lee Siudzinski
Ellen Ney Van Dyke
7 Anonymous Gifts

$99 - $0

Organizations
Fox Communities Credit Union

Individuals
Jane Anderson
John Barton
Henry & Margaret Czachor
Jean Fiedler - In Memory of Nancy Vandenbusch
Patrick Evans
Leo & Betty Gonnering
Tim & Julie (Black) Harder
David & Peggy Kieper
Harry Maier
Thomas McAllister
Michael & Gloria Morgan
Norbert & Ann Poupore
Brian Perkovich
Paul & Dorothea Sager
Bonnie & Harold Vastag
Michael Wozniak

 

 


 

In-Kind Support

Organizations

Cellcom & Nsight Teleservice

WLUK Fox 11^

Lamers Bus Lines

GEI^

UW-Green Bay^

Door County Coffee^

Weidner Center for the Peforming Arts^

Woodard Radio (Kiss FM)^

* Gifts given through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
^ Gifts given as a sponsorship to an Einstein event