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Our Team

Our team consists of highly-experienced educators -- university professors, school principals, classroom teachers, and professional development consultants -- who have worked extensively with both pre- and in-service teachers and have deep content expertise in STEM, computer science, literacy, English Language Arts and the humanities, ENL and bilingual learning. We are really proud of the consultants we have on our team. They are not just experienced educators, hardworking and brilliant. They are also fantastic people.

Co-Founder & CEO

Stephen Brodbar

Stephen has experienced the field of education from three distinct perspectives: as a teacher in the New York City Public School system, as an instructor designing curriculum and professional development programs at the American Museum of Natural History and as a national consultant for STEM Education and curriculum reform. These three vantage points have given him a unique sense of how schools and informal learning institutions interplay.

He has worked with teachers around the United States, United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia and serves as a member of various advisory committees — including the STEM Nobelist Mindset Program, a partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His work often involves bringing scientists and teachers together in professional development settings. Stephen once tagged along on a press trip to the Amazon with a UK-based environmental charity, moonlighting as a journalist, and left the experience with a renewed sense of how education can play a role in addressing climate change. He founded the NGO’s Cool Earth Teacher Fellowship a program that supports the professional development of teachers through expeditionary learning experiences in the Amazon Rainforest and serves on the Board of US Trustees.

Co-Founder & COO

Kerry McKibbin

Kerry received her doctorate in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University where she was a full-time instructor in the Teaching of English M.A. program. During that time, she developed courses that explored, among other things, curriculum planning and assessment design, effective instructional practices, the teaching of writing in the secondary classroom, and ways to engage students in reading and analyzing Young Adult literature. Kerry’s career in education began as a middle and high school English teacher, first in the Philippines and then in NYC public schools.

As a curriculum consultant and literacy coach, she has worked for the National Academy for Excellent Teaching and the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers — both at Teachers College — supporting teachers in public schools in and around New York City. Kerry’s interests — as a classroom teacher and consultant — often focus on designing inquiry-driven, project-based curricula and engaging students in exploring genres and writing for authentic audiences. Kerry used oral history to teach literature in a middle school English classroom, as a yearlong intergenerational project in a small high school in the Bronx section of New York City, and with student-inmates on Rikers Island. She is the author of Project Notes: Conducting Oral History in the Secondary Classroom.