Liz Potter-Nelson, Post-Doctoral Associate

Liz Potter-Nelson is a post-doctoral associate in environment and sustainability education in MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Liz earned her doctoral degree in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her dissertation research assessed the presence and interpretation of key sustainability competencies (i.e. sustainability knowledge, systems thinking, social justice, and futures thinking) in undergraduate education courses.

Prior to joining MIT, Liz spent 15 years as a science teacher, administrator, technology coach, and curriculum coordinator, in rural, urban, and suburban public schools. Beginning her career as a high school chemistry and physics teacher, Liz engaged her students in guided-inquiry experiences to interact with and build their understanding of science. Most recently, Liz was a secondary curriculum and instruction coordinator, collaborating with administrators and teachers to support the development and implementation of curricula accessible to all students.

Originally from Wisconsin, Liz makes sure to spend time with her family playing board games and going out on hikes.