Jeremy Bernier Recognized as Outstanding MST Graduate


Jeremy Bernier has been recognized by the RiSE Center as the Outstanding Master of Science in Teaching Graduate for 2020.

As an MST student, Jeremy impressed his faculty and peers with his high level of intellectual engagement, natural curiosity and openness to alternative explanations—whether teaching undergraduate students in mathematics, working with peers in his graduate courses or thinking about his own and others’ research. His research investigated social factors that influence how undergraduate students engage in small group work on mathematics problem solving, and incorporated cross-disciplinary research and theory, including intersectionality theory and role theory.

Jeremy grew up in Maine, attending schools in Portland, Gray, Skowhegan, and Auburn, where he graduated from Edward Little High School in 2011. He then attended Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education in 2015. After graduation, Jeremy spent a year as an intern at Walt Disney World, before joining Maine Connections Academy, an online charter school serving students across Maine, where he taught mathematics for two years. In 2020 Jeremy graduated from the Master of Science in Teaching program at the University of Maine, with a concentration in Mathematics.

Co-Advisors Janet Fairman and Natasha Speer say,

“Jeremy is well-equipped for the next stage in his academic journey—pursuing a doctorate in Learning, Literacies and Technologies at Arizona State University in the fall of 2020. We all wish him the best in his future research and teaching career!”

For more information about the Master of Science in Teaching program at the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education visit