Science Coach Executive Director

Jill is the Science Coach Executive Director and inventor, who used her five years of elementary to college science teaching experience to develop the successful Science Coach training and support system. Jill brings a wealth of knowledge from not only her teaching career, but also from executive, software entrepreneur, and non-profit management experiences. Prior to running a consultant company for three years, Jill was the Development Director for the Academy of Applied Sciences and Executive Director for 14 years of the Mastodon Fair, a non-profit that was the largest art and science fair in the United States. Growing the Mastodon Fair from one county to 12, increasing participation to more than 3,000 students, and creating a commercially-available software product called E-Fair for the complete administration of a science or art fair, were some of the major accomplishments. As a 20-year CEO of an entrepreneurial software development company, Jill raised $3M in venture capital, had one patent awarded, and secured contracts with seven Fortune 500 companies and one multi-year government contract.


Program Coordinator

Shawn joined Science Coach in January, 2020, as the Program Coordinator. Shawn is responsible for recruiting, managing, and supporting the Science Coach teams of Head Coaches, Teacher Coaches, and students across the United States.

Shawn’s excellent attention to detail, inquisitive questioning, and task prioritization proficiency are great skill assets perfected during her 28-year career with Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, where she worked as a child abuse/neglect investigator with a specialized statewide unit for over 19 years.


Education and Career Consultant

Karoline Jarr is an education and career consultant that helps the education sector maintain relevance by aligning student interests, workforce needs, and student learning. She is a national leader who consults for Science Coach among other forward-thinking companies and social ventures in the areas of STEM and career-focused training, program development, and evaluation. Before consulting, Dr. Jarr led industry advisory panels and instructional strategy for national education STEM non-profit organization, where her work impacted tens of thousands of teachers and over one million students.


Vice President, Programs

Ben is Vice President, Programs at BioSTL, where he leads its initiatives related to public policy, diversity/inclusion/equity, talent & workforce development, and fundraising.  Since 2001, BioSTL has laid the foundation for St. Louis’ innovation economy with a comprehensive set of transformational programs leveraging the region’s medical and plant science strengths.

Ben Johnson currently serves as Chairman of the national Innovation Advocacy Council (IAC).  The IAC informs and educates policymakers and elected officials to grow our innovation economy through federal legislation, programs, and funding that support practitioners on the ground.  IAC is SSTI’s voice in Washington, DC.  SSTI strengthens initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

He also is a Board member of the Missouri Biotechnology Association, Missouri’s statewide biotechnology trade association, and St. Louis Makes, a nonprofit dedicated to reshaping St. Louis’ manufacturing future.

Prior to BioSTL, Ben moved to St. Louis to complete the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.

Ben received his M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.A. from Northwestern University, majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Business German.


“The Science Coaching program has provided my students the resources necessary to conduct science fair projects and has helped me be a better teacher.”
– Ben Martin

“Being a Science Coach has been a very rewarding experience. I feel much more confident and knowledgeable about helping my students achieve success when doing independent research. Many of my students have won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair as well as special awards ranging from scholarships to the opportunity to apply for additional science fairs, including the International Science and Engineering Fair. ”
– Amy Kimbrell, High School Science Teacher and Science Coach, Crystal City, MO.