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Deborah Sharp Libby
Early Childhood Language and Reading Expert
A leading expert in reading, Dr. Libby graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a Doctorate in Reading, Language Arts and Children's Literature. She has her Masters in Reading, a Reading Specialist Certificate and a Bachelors degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. While working in higher education for 17 years, Dr. Libby taught elementary education courses at The University of Pittsburgh and both undergraduate and graduate courses in topics such as early childhood and elementary reading, language arts and children's literature at Slippery Rock University. Dr. Libby has worked as an elementary teacher, and as a freelance writer creating teaching guides to accompany reading and science material for elementary classrooms. Currently living outside of Pittsburgh with her husband and three daughters, she works with students in literature groups focusing on comprehension skills and conducts workshops for teachers.
Lise Eliot
Early Brain Development Expert
Dr. Lise Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A Chicago native, she received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University, Ph.D. from Columbia University, and did post-doctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Eliot lectures widely about children's brain and cognitive development. She has published over 50 articles and two books: Pink Brain, Blue Brain, which examines the roles of nature and nurture in gender development and What's Going On In There?,which charts babies' brain development from conception onward and its relationship to children's emerging mental abilities. Dr. Eliot and her husband are parents of a daughter and two sons.
Carla C. Johnson
Science and STEM Expert
Dr. Carla Johnson is an internationally renowned scholar in science education and STEM education policy implementation. She is a Professor of Science Education and Associate Dean for Research, Engagement, and Global Affairs at Purdue University. She also serves as Editor of the School Science and Mathematics Journal. Dr. Johnson’s research has focused on educational reform through providing high-quality professional development for teachers of science, or specifically examining how students of various backgrounds and abilities can excel in science with effective instruction. She also conducts research on advancing STEM learning programs nationwide. As a STEM expert, she has authored more than 80 publications including several books, research manuscripts, and a curriculum series. She has received the Outstanding Early Career Scholar (2006), and Excellence in Integration of Science and Mathematics (2012) awards from the School Science and Mathematics Association, as well as the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator (2013) and Impact of Educational Research on Practice Awards from the Association of Science Teacher Education.
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Deborah Sharp Libby
Early Childhood Language and Reading Expert
Lise Eliot
Early Brain Development Expert
Carla C. Johnson
Science and STEM Expert
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