Yen Verhoeven
Learning Theorist
Curriculum Design, Program Evaluation, & Qualitative Research

About Me

I am the CEO and STEM Education Director of Paragon Learning Research Group. Prior to this position, I was a Warner Dissertation Fellow from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education and the science consultant for the Ames Community School District. My research interest is on connecting learning theory with teaching practices and online instructional design.

With a specialization in online and STEM education, 11 years of teaching experience as a high school biotechnology instructor, and later as a department chair for Fortis College in Landover, Maryland, I've mentored instructors, managed programs, and designed curricula for various subjects such as biotechnology, pharmacy, medical technology, career readiness, and basic computing.  

I was the program evaluator for the Rochester Institute of Technology's COMETs program, and have also mentored, designed websites, and lectured.  I love opportunities to work with all kinds of people, of varying abilities and ages! You can find samples of what I do in both my CV and my portfolio!


  • Application of learning theory
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Program evaluation
  • Program management
  • Web design
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Interviewing
  • Transcription
  • Workshops
  • Teaching videos
  • Workshops on strategic literacy, inquiry, general science, biology, professional development
  • Presentation and lecture design

My Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is about empowering and nurturing the very best in everyone.  My teaching style is very holistic in that it acknowledges more than just a student's mind, but also their confidence and well being.  When we teach in a way that strengthens our student's voices, and from a place of love and compassion within our hearts, we automatically create spaces, whether virtually or in the physical world, where there is mutual respect; where people thrive and learn to be their very personal best.  We learn from each other, with both students and teachers mutually benefitting from having open and honest conversations that bring in personal experience, and makes the subject matter relevant and personal.

I have had the honor of being a guide on a very small part of my students' journeys.  During the short amount of time that I have with my classes, I share with them my passion for what I do, as well as my love for each of them, and for humanity in general.  After all, isn't this what we are here, for?  To learn our life's purpose, and to strive to be more human?

Teaching gives us opportunities to change the world in positive ways by opening spaces for us to learn more about the world, and ourselves.