Alicia Carroll

Alicia Carroll

Alicia Carroll, a graduate of Wheelock College, has been teaching in Boston Public Schools since 1997. She was a founding teacher with Deborah Meier of Mission Hill School in Roxbury, MA, where she taught pre-K to Grade 3 for 10 years. Currrently Director of Science, Technology and Engineering at the East Boston Early Education Center School, she was 2018 BPS Teacher of the Year. She is currently integrating STEAM activities into the BPS science curriculum through the East Boston Early Education Center School, .and is also a consultant/researcher with LEGO Education in Denmark and PBS Kids Twin Cities.

Anna Rainville

Anna Rainville

After 35 years in the classroom, Anna travels widely as a mentor and teacher. She is co-founder and director of the quarterly Kindergarten Forum. As a public school kindergarten teacher, she received an award from the California Kindergarten Association for outstanding work in early childhood education. An experienced Waldorf educator, Anna facilitates teacher training renewal and integrated arts curriculum development in schools and universities nationally and internationally including the Philippines, Estonia, the West Bank, Ireland, and India. A special interest in learning through movement and sensory integration led her to complete remedial training. Her book, Singing Games for Families, Schools, and Communities, is cherished by early childhood teachers.

Barbara Beatty

Barbara Beatty

Professor Emerita of Education at Wellsley College, Barbara Beatty has taught kindergarten in the Boston Public Schools, trained teachers at Lesley College and Wellsley, and wrote the authoritative Preschool Education in America. A former Associate Editor of History of Education Quarterly for more than ten years and active in the AERA, she is both an advocate for universal preschool education and an authority on the history of early childhood education in America.

Cathy Weisman Topal

Cathy TopalA visual arts educator at preschool through college levels for over 30 years, Cathy Topal is Professor Emerita of Arts Education in the Dept. of Education and Child Study at Smith College. Author of Thinking with a Line and other books for Davis Art including Explorations in Art: Kindergarten (2008), Beautiful Stuff (1999), Children & Painting (1992), Children, Clay & Sculpture (1983), Her work has been heavily influenced by Froebel. Cathy has just co-authored a new Davis book with Lella Gandini, entitled Beautiful Stuff from Nature.

George Stiny

George Stiny

George Stiny is Professor of Design and Computation at MIT. He invented shape grammars in the late 1960’s and has been exploring their sweep in art and design ever since – including their remarkable connections with the Froebel Gifts and Categories in design teaching and practice. He is the author of Pictorial and Formal Aspects of Shape and Shape Grammars, Algorithmic Aesthetics: Computer Models for Criticism and Design in the Arts (with J. Gips), and Shape:Talking about Seeing and Doing. He is finishing his fourth book on how shape grammars include S. T. Coleridge’s famous distinction between FANCY and IMAGINATION, and Oscar Wilde’s critical formula to see things as in themselves they really are not.

Helge Wasmuth

Helge Wasmuth

Assistant Professor in Childhood Education at Mercy College New York (previously at Higher Technical College for Early Childhood Education in Zug, Switzerland), Helge Wasmuth, Ph.D has trained kindergarten teachers in the US and Germany, including teaching a variety of courses and supervising the student’s fieldwork in different settings. His work focuses on the topics of early childhood education, play, child-centered education, and online learning. His new book on Oxford Press about the original Froebel colleagues who spread the method outside Germany is due out in early 2020.

Jenna Frye

Jenna Frye

Jenna is a maker/teacher whose creative work and ideas about educating artists have been showcased nationally at events including the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design, and the College Art Association. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as an MA in Digital Art and an MFA in Sculpture. She is Assistant Department Chair of First Year Experience at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She founded the college's first student-run maker space, the Make Cool Stuff Lab.

John Reynolds, AIA

John Reynolds

Professor of Architecture at Miami University in Oxford, OH, John Reynolds employs Froebel Gifts in his design studios to explore new possibilities for sustainable design and organic architecture initially made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright. John has been intimately involved with planning, architectural design, site development and programming at Fallingwater, including a new visitor center in development with Architect Peter Bohlin at the Wescott House in Springfield, OH

Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett, M.Ed. has taught for over 25 years in private/public schools. Introduced to Froebel® in 2002, she sat on the original board of the Froebel Foundation USA. Stepping away from the board in 2004 for job and family obligations, Julie never lost sight of the pure sense of Froebelian teaching. Julie delivers a yearly lecture on Froebel to university education students. She'll lead several Gift plays during our event.

Kristina Lamour Sansone

Kristina Lamour Sansone

The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Lesley Art + Design, Kristina Lamour Sansone earned her MFA in Graphic Design from Yale and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley in 2007, Kristina authored the chapters "Using Strategies from Graphic Design to Improve Teaching and Learning" and "Language of Design within Science and Engineering" (with Nicole Weber) for Springer Publications in 2015. Her interest in the work of Rhoda Kellogg and Friedrich Froebel inform her approach to education and inspired her to co-host our event.

Lella Gandini

Lella Gandini

The world renown educator Lella Gandini, Ph.D, serves as the Reggio Children’s United States Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia approach. Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Visiting Scholar at Lesley University (2007–2009). From her arrival in America in 1972, through her tenure at Smith College (2008 recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Alumnae) and currently, she has been a tireless champion of young children. Lella has co-authored numerous books, including The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach, Beautiful Stuff!: Learning with Found Materials and the recently released Beautiful Stuff from Nature.with Cathy Topal.

Scott Bultman

Scott BultmanAuthor, toymaker, and host of this year's conference, Scott Bultman has promoted the original Froebel Kindergarten method internationally since 1997, producing the upcoming documentary series, Garden of Children.The son of an early childhood educator (his mother was principal of a local child development center) and a toymaker (Uncle Goose Toys), his Froebel activity carries on both parents' work. Scott produces Kaleidograph design toys with Norman Brosterman.

Susan Lowell

Susan Lowell

Susan Lowell de Solórzano is a T’ai Chi instructor, kinesthetic learning specialist, biotensegritist and the author of the upcoming book Everything Moves: How Biotensegrity Informs Human Movement. She works closely with biotensegrity originator, Stephen M. Levin, MD and has presented on biotensegrity at Black Mountain College. Susan has been instrumental in bringing biotensegrity into public awareness as a founding member of the Washington DC Biotensegrity Interest Group. Susan is a Level III certified American T’ai Chi and Qi Gong Association teacher, with an M.A. in Human Development and Education (Kinesthetic Learning) from Vermont College of the Union Institute.

Tiffeni Goesel

Tiffeni GoeselTiffeni Goesel studied architecture and historic preservation, and has worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She's a certified Waldorf grades teacher, with a B.A. in Education and M.A. in the History of Education. She has been a nanny and homeschool teacher, and an avid researcher of Friedrich Froebel. Tiffeni makes frequent trips to Germany and has conducted classes on the Froebel method internationally, from 2006 to today.

Tucker Viemeister

Tucker Viemeister

Tucker Viemeister, NYC-based industrial designer, helped found many important design agencies, including frogdesign NY, Razorfish, Smart Design, Springtime-USA, and was Chief of the Lab at the Rockwell Group. He helped design the award-winning OXO kitchen tools. He is a Fellow of the IDSA and has his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Staatliches Museum in Berlin.