Educator Advisory Committee

We established the Educator Advisory Committee (EAC) to gather the input and perspectives of maker educators who are leaders in the community. The EAC provides insightful guidance and support for our organization as we work to achieve our vision. By choosing members that represent a broad range of institutional roles, educational settings, and geographical regions, we hope to better understand and meet the needs of educators through the training, resources, and supportive community we provide.

Robin Baskin-McNulty

Robin Baskin-McNulty is a program coordinator for Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation unit. She works on an initiative to increase inclusion and diversity in entrepreneurship programs across the university and in the community. Prior to joining E+I, Robin served as a project coordinator of research for ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, overseeing daily operations of a Co-Robots for CompuGirls program which exposes girls 11-18 years of age from under-resourced schools to learn how to program NAO robots using a culturally responsive curriculum. A community builder and convener, Robin is the co-founder of the Southwest Maker Fest, a collaborative one-day event in downtown Mesa, Arizona. Started in 2013, the festival is organized by a host of passionate volunteers with a mission to “celebrate, engage, and inspire the maker in each of us”. Her mission is to find ways for all students to have access to tools and resources to create and make!

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Michael DeGraff

Michael is the Instructional Program Coordinator at the UTeach Institute, which provides guidance and resources to ensure successful implementation and sustainability of UTeach programs nationwide. UTeach is an innovative university-based teacher preparation program, now at 44 universities nationwide, working to increase the number of qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in U.S. secondary schools. In his current position, Michael coordinates the Instruction Program Review process for all UTeach Partner Sites as well as supporting instructors in implementing the nine UTeach courses. He has also helped develop plans to offer a Maker Endorsement to interested pre-service teachers in the UTeach Austin program, in part, supported through a grant from NSF.

Danielle Martin

As co-author of Start Making! A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities, Danielle leads with over 17 years of passion for instructional design, youth development, tech & media education and community organizing. From 2011-2015, Danielle managed knowledge for the global Clubhouse Network, where she led Start Making!, an effort to infuse inclusive hands-on engineering in nearly 100 Clubhouses in 20 countries. Her roots in informal education and activism were seeded as a local coordinator at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Charlestown Computer Clubhouse, then serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She later co-created MIT’s Center for Civic Media, Department of Play, mapping mobile technologies and youth activism methodologies globally. Her latest work with Team4Tech, Fab Foundation and Ravenswood Makerspace Collaborative has focused on iterating maker education facilitation techniques into formal K-12 classrooms, aligned to existing or writing new standards and curricula. Danielle holds a BA in Communication Studies from URI and a Master in City Planning from MIT. She started making by collaging in early Photoshop and hacking Polaroids but now enjoys Instagram and paper circuits, or baking treats for anyone that will eat them.

Rebecca Millerjohn

Rebecca Millerjohn is a youth services librarian at Madison Public Library. Previously a six year classroom teacher, her library work focuses on school age programming, educator support, and maker education with the MPL’s Bubbler program. As the Bubbler’s project manager for their Maker Corps and Making Spaces initiatives, she loves sock monsters, power tools, paper circuits, and when kids get little scrunched faces that shows they are thinking.

Jackie Moore

Jackie Moore is the founder of and program developer at the LevelUP Maker Space for Teens in Chicago’s Ford City Mall. For more than 25 years, Moore was a systems engineer in the finance and insurance industries.

Ryan Moreno

Ryan Moreno is a father of 3, and Administrator/S.T.E.M. Educator at REM Learning Center, an NAEYC accredited independent school and Maker Corps Host Site. Ryan earned a B.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from FIU. He also holds an Advanced Florida Director’s Credential. In 2005, while participating in NASA’s ESMD Summer Research Opportunities at KSC, Ryan became aware of the shortage of graduates in S.T.E.M. fields, and felt he could help close the gap from an early age. He has been doing S.T.E.A.M. related activities with children ages 4 to 9yrs ever since. He is co-creator and the School Fab Lab Manager for the Play Make Share program. Ryan has collaborated on the topic of Making in early childhood education with PPFMoS and local organizations, and co-presented at regional (FLAEYC2014) and national (NAEYC2014, MPW2014) conferences.

Lisa Regalla

Lisa is currently the Associate Director of STEM and Informal Learning at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. She fosters robust partnerships with out-of-school time providers, while leveraging the Center for Childhood Creativity’s research base and the Museum’s twenty-five years of exemplary work in early childhood education to contribute to the creative development of children, particularly in under-resourced communities. As the former Deputy Director of Maker Ed, Lisa developed partnerships with educators, organizations, and researchers to build and support a growing network committed to broadening participation in making as a form of creative learning. Prior to Maker Ed, Lisa worked at Twin Cities Public Television developing educational content for the Emmy-Award winning series SciGirls and DragonflyTV: Nano. Lisa also spent several years working at the Museum of Science, Boston and the Da Vinci Science Center in PA. As the manager of several national outreach programs throughout her career, she has conducted extensive professional development workshops in gender equity and inquiry-based approaches to STEM. Lisa received both a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Theater from Lehigh University before earning her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida.

Kennan Scott

Kennan Scott was born and raised loving transportation and the New York City Subway. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, he bolted for the west coast and the allure of automated public transit. In order to better serve riders, Kennan received a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. The son of a long-tenured special education teacher, Kennan has always held education in high regard. When given the opportunity to change fields and teach engineering in West Oakland, Kennan saw a chance to make a greater difference in the black community. With making, problem solving and design thinking at the core of his teaching, Kennan has empowered young engineers to develop meaningful solutions to the problems faced in their communities. He is passionate about creating healthy communities and advancing the field of education through interdisciplinary approaches that merge planning, engineering, advocacy, and coalition building.

David Wells

David Wells, Manager of Creative Making & Learning (New York Hall of Science), is responsible for all programming and activities in NYSCI’s Maker Space. He oversees the design and implementation of maker related programs which engage families, students and visitors of all ages, as well as maker education initiatives that use local artists & makers as guest facilitators.  A self-proclaimed “maker of things”, David also designs sight specific interactive art installations using discarded technology, audio experimentation and digital media to create an interesting yet whimsical experience for his viewers. During his time at NYSCI he has worked on a wide variety of projects including designing exhibits for the Early Childhood space, developing emergent curriculum for educational programming and creating educational videos for teachers and students. He received his B.F.A. from F.I.T. and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street.

 Maker Ed would like to thank former members of the EAC for their service: Andrew Coy, Jessica Parker, Nora Peters, and Andrea Saenz.