About us

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Peter Kirwin


Dr Peter Kirwin has taught in the Minneapolis area since 2007, covering STEM classes including physics, chemistry, programming, computer aided design, engineering, and robotics including “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse and Other Applications of Computer Modeling” at the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth. Working in high schools has also allowed him to lead students on justice learning trips to Venezuela and throughout the American South. Nudge Education is Peter’s second education technology project, following TeachersADE. Peter completed a BA in physics at the University of Minnesota, Morris, an MA in education at St Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a PhD in education policy with an emphasis in economic evaluation at the University of Minnesota. He lives with his wife in Minneapolis.

Ellie Roscher

Director of Communications

Ellie Roscher teaches at the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth and Bethlehem Lutheran Church and previously taught at Cretin-Derham Hall. Author of How Coffee Saved My Life and contributor to several blogs, magazines and compilation books, she is also an editor for Avenida Books. As seen on the TEDxSLC stage, Roscher's latest book project is about how Kibera Girls Soccer Academy is educating girls in extreme poverty. Ellie's work as an educator, writer and speaker has brought her to places like Kenya, El Salvador and Uruguay, but she currently lives in Minneapolis with her spouse and son. She has a MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence and a MA in Theology from Luther Seminary. Find her at @ellieroscher and ellieroscher.com.