Meet the Team

At KnowAtom, STEM is a way of thinking—hands-on, immersive, an integral part of our amazing everyday world. Our team members embrace this philosophy, bringing each of their specialized, diverse backgrounds to our collection of thinkers and doers dedicated to bringing STEM to life in classrooms all over the U.S.

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Growing up, I wanted to be an inventor, solving problems that would help people have better lives. Every day at KnowAtom is an opportunity to invent solutions that give thousands of students and teachers a better experience doing science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM). Providing educators with professional satisfaction and students with the opportunity to understand the world we live in is my way of helping people have better lives."

Francis Vigeant

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

As a high school math teacher, Vigeant asked himself a simple question: How can I take the knowledge our students need and make it matter to them? His answer was to create KnowAtom, building its core architecture and platform alignment around the idea of making science, engineering, and math relevant.

Vigeant has taught science, engineering, and mathematics to kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in a variety of learning environments, ranging from college prep and honors classrooms to self-contained, team-taught, and inclusion settings. His focus on scientific and engineering practices and thier relationship to process has helped schools become leaders in science education, based on statewide assessments. Vigeant is a strong believer in empowering professional teachers and has created Professional Learning Community models for large urban districts.

Vigeant’s achievements have been recognized by the American Federation of Teachers’ publication, The Advocate, in which he was profiled as an up-and-coming educational innovator. He is a presenter at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers, and Massachusetts Technology Education/Engineering Collaborative.

Vigeant serves as President of STEM Synergy, an international NGO and U.S registered 501(c)3 coordinating over $25MM in STEM education investments in Africa. He is a regular contributor to the STEM Education Workgroup for the Clinton Global Initiative America and serves on several STEM-related boards focused on creating opportunities for students and teachers of traditionally underserved communities.

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Science provides a great venue to try out ideas and not be threatened when things don’t work as first expected. A great part of the learning experience comes from the opportunity to re-visit and re-think anticipated outcomes and results.”

Dominic deLacy

Chief Operating Officer

DeLacy began his education career as a high school teacher at Westford Academy in Massachusetts before joining the technology revolution in the area of software development, specializing in student data management for 25 years. DeLacy has worked as an applied social research consultant for Bell Associates, the MBTA, Massport, and Boston Public Schools. He was an instructor and practitioner at the University of Phoenix’s MBA program where he teaches project planning and change management as well as database design. He has also taught management classes at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., and Eastern Nazarene College, in Quincy, Mass. DeLacy holds a Master’s in Educational Management and Administration from Cambridge College and a B.A. in English from Salem State University.

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Science, like myself, is constantly evolving and in the process of becoming. It is through that discovery process that new knowledge and growth are realized.”

Maryellen deLacy

Curriculum Specialist

DeLacy has worked as a licensed elementary school teacher for Massachusetts Public Schools, specializing in multi-age, multi-grade classrooms for more than 25 years. As a lead teacher, she chaired science and math curriculum review committees and was trained by WestEd to lead data-based decision-making curriculum workshops. DeLacy was responsible for introducing the new writing curriculum to Manchester Memorial School to coordinate district goals. She was a regular presenter for the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development and was president of the Manchester Memorial School Teacher’s Association for five years. DeLacy is an active member of the National Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Education from Salem State University.

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Science is filled with stories that explain the world around us. It is constantly revealing new insights into everyday happenings, and answers to questions I haven’t even thought of yet."

Sara Goodman

Science Content Developer

Goodman began her career as a science writer at an online publication focused on energy and the environment in Washington, D.C., where she covered chemicals, nanotechnology, and other science-related topics. Her articles have appeared on numerous websites, including the New York Times, Scientific American, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. After her stint in D.C., she moved to Texas, where she taught journalism at Texas A&M. Goodman holds a Master’s of Science from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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My love and curiosity for science were fueled at a young age by experiments with backyard river algae and physics lessons with Bill Nye. For me, science is a lifelong quest for discovery, inspired by the amazing world we live in. I believe that through scientific knowledge, each person has the ability to improve their lives, create innovative technologies, and empower society."

Nicole Lanoue

Product Development Officer

Lanoue has taught kindergarten through fifth grade science and engineering to students in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She also has a background in strategic planning to improve resources and practices for effective teaching and learning. Lanoue has a passion for transforming education by providing highly engaging STEM learning experiences for every student. She joined KnowAtom in 2007, where she collaborates on the design and implementation of STEM curriculum and labs.

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Science is the key to understanding the world our children will inherit. It’s a very special feeling to know I have a hand in changing the way we teach it – making it alive, relevant and exciting– for teacher and student. Who knows which classroom the next Galileo or Einstein will come from but I’ll venture a guess that it is STEM focused."

Karen Peake

Curriculum Specialist

Peake joins KnowAtom as a curriculum specialist with a background in middle school education and private tutoring. Prior to teaching, Peake worked in business education, where she developed and sold training programs. She left the corporate world in 2003 to pursue her passion: helping young people succeed in school as a middle school teacher. Naturally curious and mechanical, Peake loves seeing students tackle challenges enthusiastically because they are confident they have the skills they need to solve any problem.

Peake holds a B.S in Communications and a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Salem State University.