I'm always interested in collaborating on authentic learning experiences for students, continued learning for teachers, or accessible, impactful materials for classrooms.

I'm passionate about authentic scientific inquiry and engineering design for students, particularly in ways that relate to their immediate communities.

Education has evolved beyond Freire's banking model of teaching and learning, but how do we truly leverage the capital our students have within their communities? How do we share the power of STEM with our students, such that they can enact change within their homes, neighborhoods, and lives?


  • EdD Candidate, Secondary Education with a concentration in Chemistry, Kennesaw State University

  • EdS, Curriculum and Instruction, Piedmont College, 2017

  • MA, Teaching, Piedmont College, 2016

  • BS, Chemistry, University of Toledo, 2014

  • BA, Physics, University of Toledo, 2014

professional Experience

  • STEM Curriculum Development Lead, Georgia Tech Research Institute, 2020 - present

  • Instructional Coach, Gwinnett County Public Schools, 2018 - 2020

  • Chemistry Lead Teacher, Meadowcreek High School, Gwinnett County Public Schools 2016 - 2018

  • Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2015 - 2016

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Ellingson Research Group, University of Toledo, 2010 - 2014

  • Peer Leader, Chemistry Department, University of Toledo 2011 - 2013

volunteer and professional engagement

  • American Chemical Society, 2013 - present

    • Associate Member, Society Committee on Education (SOCED), 2020 - present

      • Served on ChemLuminary review teams

      • Served as a reviewer on ACS education programs, such as the ACS Bridge Fellowship

  • American Association of Chemistry Teachers, 2016 - present

    • Secretary, Awards and Nominations Committee, 2020-2022

    • Organized summer 2020 virtual symposium, Supporting all students in the learning of chemistry

  • Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, 2016 - present

    • Section Secretary, 2019 - 2021

      • Documented section activities, business, and outreach for quarterly and annual reports

      • Coordinated annual elections for section leadership

      • Authored quarterly section newsletters, The Filter Press

      • Successfully authored multiple grants to facilitate new avenues in member engagement

      • Served as the section's Google GSuite and MailChimp administrator

    • Mini Grants Committee Chair, 2018 - present

      • Publicized the section's request for proposals for our annual mini grants funding opportunity

      • Recruited for the annual review committee and supported the reviewal of proposals

      • Oversaw the funding and reporting of each awardee

    • Science Coaches Committee Chair, 2016 - 2019

  • Georgia Science Teacher's Association, 2016 - present

    • Presented at multiple GSTA conferences on STEM education topics

    • Contributed to the GSTA phenomenon resources bank

  • Founding Member, Building Ohio's Sustainable Energy Future, 2010 - 2014

  • Intern, Ottawa Hill's Citizens' Energy Task Force, 2010 - 2012

Publications & Presentations

  • Tyler Kinner, Sparking discovery and exploration - from home! National Science Teaching Association Engage Fall20 Conference, Virtual Conference, November 2020

  • Tyler Kinner, Creating equity in the digital classroom, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Virtual Symposium, June 2020

  • Tyler Kinner, Using the engineering design process for student success in chemistry, American Association of Chemistry Teachers Webinar, January 2020

  • Tyler Kinner, How do middle grade students interpret particulate-level animations?, C.U.R.E. - Chemistry Education Symposium, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Savanah, GA, October 2019

  • Tyler Kinner, Engineering in the chemistry classroom, Teacher's Program, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Savannah, GA, October 2019

  • Tyler Kinner, But I’m a science teacher! Leveraging the engineering embedded in the NGSS, Teacher's Day Program, National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, August 2019

  • Tyler Kinner and Leslie Dunham, Walking in Wonder, but Using the Crosswalk, Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference, Demorest, GA, March 2019

  • Tyler Kinner, Incorporating the engineering design process into the core content setting, National Convening of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Newark, NJ, July 2018

  • Tyler Kinner, Assessment design in chemistry: A high school experience with Webb's depth of knowledge, the next generation science standards, and Item response theory, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Charlotte, NC, October 2017

  • Tyler Kinner, Leslie Dunham, and Shelby Schuller, Constructivism on the clock, Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference, Demorest, GA, March 2017

  • Tyler Kinner and Leslie Dunham, Social justice and the STEM pipeline: Overcoming stereotype threat and confirmation bias in the STEM/STEAM classroom, Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference, Demorest, GA, March 2016

  • Tyler Kinner, Experiences, ideas, resources, and concerns with enriching your science classroom with nanoscience in a bid to expand STEM connections, Georgia Science Teachers Annual Conference, Stone Mountain, GA, February 2016

  • Tyler Kinner, Khagendra P. Bhandari, Ebin Bastola, Bradley M. Monahan, Neale O. Haugen, Paul J. Roland, Terry P. Bigioni and Randy J. Ellingson. "Majority Carrier Type Control of Cobalt Iron Sulfide (CoxFe1-xS2) Pyrite Nanocrystals." J. Phys. Chem. C (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b11204.

  • K. P. Bhandari, P. J. Roland, T. Kinner, Y. Cao, H. Choi, S. Jeong, and R. J. Ellingson. "Analysis and characterization of iron pyrite nanocrystals and nanocrystalline thin films derived from bromide anion synthesis." J. Mat. Chem. A 3, 6853-6861(2015). DOI: 10.1039/c4ta06320a.

  • K. P. Bhandari, R. R. Khanal, N. R. Paudel, P. Koirala, P. J. Roland, T. Kinner, Y. Yan, R. W. Collins, M. J. Heben, and R. J. Ellingson. "Performance of nanocrystalline iron pyrite as the back contact to CdS/CdTe solar cells." 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2293-2298 (2014).

  • Tyler Kinner, Brad Monahan, Khagendra Bhandari, Terry Bigioni, and Randy J. Ellingson, Towards Earth-abundant solar cells: An experimental survey of FeS2 nanocrystal synthesis for thin-film photovoltaics, National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Indianapolis, IN, October 2013.