Traci Buckner - Executive Director

Traci joins the museum after 18 years of service in the Akron Public School system and most recently as program officer at GAR Foundation, the largest private charitable foundation in Akron. Buckner is the founding instructional leader of the National Inventors Hall of Fame School…Center for STEM Learning and most recently served as Director of Specialty Programs.

She is also an author and has co-authored the book STEM Leadership, a guide on creating a STEM culture in a school or district. Prior to her educational career, she worked in corporate marketing and sales. Buckner has served as a guest panelist at the Athena Leadership Forum, The Ashland University Leadership Academy Seminar, and the Akron Roundtable. She is a member of Leadership Akron and currently serves on the United Way of Summit County Board of Directors. She was featured in Akron Life magazine as one of the city’s 2015 change makers and was a recipient of the Women of STEM Rising Amongst the Stars award from the Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus. Buckner received a Master’s in education from John Carroll University and Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from The Ohio State University. She also earned an instructional leadership administrative certificate from Ashland University. She resides in Akron with her husband, Tobin and their two sons.

Tessa Tegel - Operations Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Keller - Education Coordinator

Margaret Keller facilitates the museum's relationships with local individuals and organizations that support learning for Akron's kids. She coordinates and promotes ACM’s focus on learning through play, and works with local entrepreneurs and artists to bring unique programs to our community. Margaret comes to ACM with 15 years experience in the field of early education, both in and out of the classroom. Past positions include Assistant Coordinator for Stark County’s Early Learning Initiative and most recently, with Akron Summit Community Action’s Head Start/ Early Head Start program. She holds degrees in Child and Family Development and Early Childhood Education. Over the years, Margaret has also enjoyed serving as a volunteer for numerous organizations, including serving on the Board for the Canton Area Association for the Education of Young Children. Margaret joined the museum when it opened in November 2016 and is excited to be a part of bringing fun, hands-on learning experiences to the children and families of our community!

Susan Lindeman - Special Events Coordinator

Susan has always had a passion for creating special events. This passion, along with the desire to create an educational and enjoyable environment for children and their families, fits perfectly for her at the Akron Children's Museum. She brings to the museum experience of organizing events for the community and for her own local organizations where she is a member.
She graduated from the Akron Public Schools and the University of Akron. Born and raised in Akron, she and her husband, Loman, reside in the Ellet community of Akron. They are parents to two sons. Susan looks forward to meeting families at the museum as they enjoy the special events she has planned.

Maggie Spangler - Exhibit & Graphic Designer

Maggie Spangler was the founding exhibit designer for the Akron Children's Museum. She has had many roles for ACM since 2013, but Maggie is currently responsible for exhibit planning and development, as well as the museum's graphic design and marketing material needs. She is the owner of Warehouse Eight (an exhibit and graphic design company), and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from The University of the Arts. She has been a volunteer and intern at multiple museums and historical societies including The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, and The North Canton Heritage Society. Maggie lives in Copley with her family.