Circle of Experts

  • Dr. Michael Hanchett Hanson
    Dr. Michael Hanchett Hanson is director of the Masters Concentration in Creativity and Cognition in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. He has a BA from Yale University and his PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University. Michael has studied and written about practical guidelines for creativity in education and creativity as an emerging social construction. His pragmatic approach is informed by his research, as well as decades of first-hand experience, working in curriculum development and program evaluation for educational institutions, youth development programs and museums.
  • Maggie LaBarbera
    Maggie LaBarbera was an ICU nurse for many years and is the founder of Nourish Interactive, a web-based company that is dedicated to educating families about nutrition and exercise in a fun way. She believes that nutrition education needs to be fun and engaging so that children will be excited to learn about being healthy.In 2010, the USDA named NourishInteractive.com as one of the best sites for fighting childhood obesity and the American Library Association awarded us the “Best Website for Kids” award. Maggie received a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN) from San Francisco State University and a dual MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA.
  • Diana Marsh
    Diana Marsh is the Science Specialist at PS 58 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. She has worked with students in grades Pre-K- 2 for the past eight years and will be working with children in grades 3-5 this fall. Diana received a BA in Education from the University of Michigan and a MA in Environmental Education from Brooklyn College. In her eight years as a science teacher at PS 58 Diana has planned and implemented an annual Earth Day celebration in which the students and the greater community join together to learn about sustainability and environmental issues. She has also started a gardening program at PS 58 in which the students work with a local restaurant to grow and harvest produce to be eaten in the school cafeteria.
  • Sallie Sanborn, MS
    Sallie Sanborn, MS, has been in private practice for the last eighteen years, specializing in issues of illness, injury, and loss. She was a Child Life Specialist (the psychosocial care of children in medical settings) at Bellevue Hospital for nine years and an adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education for 12 years. Sallie also received her Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Bank Street in 1982. She consults with schools and agencies and has given numerous talks and workshops on a wide array of issues including children and loss. She has co-written a chapter on the trauma of hospitalization for the book, Play Therapy for Children and Crisis, edited by Nancy Boyd-Webb.
  • Rebecca Shulman Herz
    Rebecca Shulman Herz is Head of Education at The Noguchi Museum. Previously, she was a Senior Education Manager at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she worked for nearly 12 years managing school outreach programs. She received a B.A. in English and Psychology from Columbia University, an M.A. in Museum Education from George Washington University, and is completing an M.A. in Art History at Hunter College. She is the author of Looking at Art in the Classroom: Art Investigations from the Guggenheim Museum. (Teachers College Press)
  • Dr. Dawn Taylor
    Dr. Dawn Taylor has a Ph.D. in developmental/child clinical psychology from Penn State University. She has over 25 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in residential and community-based settings, including parent education programs, group homes, afterschool centers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Communities That Care. She edits and contributes to a parenting column that appears weekly in the Centre Daily Times. With two grown-up kids, three grandkids, and a professional career that has always been centered around kids, Dr. Dawn is happy to have the opportunity to contribute to whyzz!
  • Dr. Dawn Taylor
    Dr. Dawn Taylor has a Ph.D. in developmental/child clinical psychology from Penn State University. She has over 25 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in residential and community-based settings, including parent education programs, group homes, afterschool centers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Communities That Care. She edits and contributes to a parenting column that appears weekly in the Centre Daily Times. With two grown-up kids, three grandkids, and a professional career that has always been centered around kids, Dr. Dawn is happy to have the opportunity to contribute to whyzz!