John N. Papadonis


John N. Papadonis

Program Chair: Science and Digital Literacy




John Papadonis is a distinguished figure in science education, currently serving as the Program Chair of Science and Digital Literacy Programs at Cambridge College. With a wealth of experience and expertise, he has been instrumental in shaping the General Science Program at Cambridge College into one of the premier science education programs in Massachusetts. Notably, under his leadership, approximately 20% of all Massachusetts K-8 licensed science teachers receive certification through the program. John's extensive professional journey includes founding and directing the Burlington Science Center within the Burlington Public Schools, where he spearheaded innovative K-8 science education initiatives for nearly three decades. His contributions extend beyond the classroom, as evidenced by his roles as a reviewer and consultant for McGraw-Hill Publishers, an instructor at the New England Aquarium's Teacher Resource Center, and a visiting professor at Eastern Nazarene College. Committed to advancing science education, John continues to serve as a science education consultant, delivering impactful professional development sessions focused on aligning with and understanding the Massachusetts Science and Engineering/Technology Standards. John's dedication to excellence has earned him prestigious accolades, including induction into the MA Science Educator's Hall of Fame and recognition as a finalist for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

Education & Certifications

  • CAGS, Northeastern University
  • MEd Supervision, University of Massachusetts
  • BS Biology, Nasson College

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Science and Technology
  • Teaching Engineering in the K-8 Classroom
  • Logistics of Teaching Science

Awards, Recognitions, Research & Selected Published Work

  • MA Science Educator's Hall of Fame
  • MA Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • MAST Science Educator Hall of Fame