Mandi Sonnenberg

Associate Professor of Education
College of Arts and Sciences
Van Ackeren 215

Additional Positions 

Co-Founder of the STEAM STudio
Executive Director of the STEAM Studio


Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Saint Louis University
M.Ed. Educational Administration, University of Missouri
B.A. Elementary Education, University of Missouri


Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the department of education. As a former classroom teacher and administrator, she brings both vision and empathy to her passion for transforming today's education models. Sonnenberg teaches educational science and technology courses to future teachers, with a hands-on approach to supporting effective teaching and learning.

Simultaneously, she is the co-founder and executive director of the STEAM Studio, where she infuses this living laboratory as a learning platform for her education students, as well as a model to implement the design thinking process. STEAM Studio serves students and educators in the Kansas City metropolitan area and has two locations: Gould Evans Architectural Firm and Rockhurst University.

Sonnenberg earned an M.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in education administration, and her doctorate from Saint Louis University in educational leadership. In addition, Sonnenberg co-authored the remarkable, research-based book, "Unleashing Creative Genius: STEAM Studio's Impact on Learning," in 2017. She was awarded the 2016 Educator of the Year award by the American Institute of Architects, earned by innovative educators using design to improve learning for students.