Eric Mann is an assistant professor of mathematics at Hope College in Holland Michigan working with pre-service elementary and middle school teachers. After completing an Air Force career where he was involved in various aspects of objects in space, he taught elementary and middle school math and science for 7 years and served as his middle school gifted education coordinator. Prior to his arrival at Hope College he served as faculty member of both the Gifted Education Resource Institute and the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning at Perdue University. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology with an emphasis on gifted education, creativity, and the teaching of mathematics at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Mann’s interests center on creativity and talent development within science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) disciplines with an emphasis on STEM literacy and engagement. He is interested in non-traditional identification and alternative programming for students who may have talent in the STEM disciplines but often go unrecognized with an emphasis in moving these students towards creative/innovative though within the context of these disciplines.