Our People

We are a diverse team of researchers, educators, and passionate professionals.

We are a diverse team of researchers, educators, and passionate professionals who have one thing in common — we share the conviction that all children deserve the highest quality education. That’s why, here at HighScope, we spend our days focusing on the variables that allow all children to be their best selves. Each team member brings a unique expertise to supporting and advancing the field of early education.

And together, we are committed to empowering educators and programs with classroom solutions that allow young children to thrive.

Leadership

For more than 25 years, Dr. Cheryl Polk has promoted healthy child development, especially for children at risk of school failure and their families.

Cheryl Polk

President

Benjamin P. Edmondson has devoted more than 25 years to public education.

Benjamin P. Edmondson

Executive Vice President

Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka is the Chief Research Innovation Officer and Director of the Center for Early Education Research & Evaluation at HighScope.

Iheoma U. Iruka

Chief Research Innovation Officer & CEERE Director

Research

Fernando Andrade-Adaniya

Senior Research Scientist/Methodologist

Jeffrey Beal

Senior Research Scientist

Reino Bruner

Data Scientist

Jill Claxton

Associate Director of Research & Evaluation

Mary Delcamp

Research Assistant II

Kimberly Diamond-Berry

Associate Director of Research & Early Childhood Strategies

Amanda Gaytan

Research Administrative Assistant

Beth Hardin

Research Coordinator

Annie Leech

Research Assistant

Carol Markley

Research Coordinator

Eleanor Martin

Research Intern

Anthony Nielsen

Research Assistant

Laura Scharphorn

Research Scientist

Applied Practice

Sonja Caprarese

Assessment Advisor

Nan Farley

Educational Services Consultant

Suzanne Gainsley

Early Childhood Applied Practice Manager

Erica Hill

Early Childhood Consultant

Shannon Lockhart

Early Childhood Applied Practice Manager

Marianne McDonnell

Director of Educational Services

Mary Pirkola

Curriculum Development Consultant

Selina Smith

Administrative Assistant

Christine Snyder

Early Childhood Consultant

Elizabeth Spisich

Educational Services Consultant

Regina Tounsel

Assessment Advisor

Demonstration Preschool

Shunda Frye

Meal Prep/Support Teacher

Sharon Wartley

Demonstration Preschool Teacher

Business Development

Deborah Bodrick

Director of Early Learning Initiatives

Holly Delgado

Assessment Liaison

Mary Lou Greene

Grants Specialist

Pamela Malone

Development Director

Lisa Reales

Business Development Specialist

Karen Rush

Demonstration Preschool Manager & Early Childhood Consultant

Kenneth Sherman

Business Development Specialist

Board of Directors

Jana Martella is the Co-Director for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.

Bonnie Lash Freeman is Senior Training Specialist for the National Center for Family Literacy.

Bonnie Lash Freeman

Vice Chair

Gloria Corral-Terrazas serves as Assistant Executive Director at First 5 San Diego, where she oversees San Diego County’s Quality Early Learning efforts.

Cynthia L. Gardner is Senior Vice President/Regional Manager at PNC Detroit-Ann Arbor.

Cynthia L. Gardner

Treasurer

Dr. Oscar Barbarin is Chair and Professor of the African American Studies Department, University of Maryland, College Park.

Oscar Barbarin

Board Member

Ralph Burrell is a management consultant with more than 28 years’ experience supporting C-level executives and senior management.

Ralph Burrell

Board Member

Dr. Bette Hyde has served as the governor-appointed Director of the Department of Early Learning (DEL) for the state of Washington since 2009.

Elizabeth Myers Hyde

Board Member

Dr. Michael L. López is Vice President for Education & Child Development at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Michael L. López

Board Member

Kristen McDonald is Vice President, Program and Policy, for The Skillman Foundation.

Kristen McDonald

Board Member

Terry Murphy is a retired senior executive with 29 years of experience in key management roles.

Terry Murphy

Board Member

Dr. Aaliyah A. Samuel is currently the Interim Education Division Director at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

Aaliyah A. Samuel

Board Member

Dr. Deborah J. Stipek is a professor and the Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University.

Deborah Stipek

Board Member

Bryan Stokes II is the Preschool Expansion Policy Director at the Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development.

Bryan Stokes II

Board Member

Dr. Sue Bredekamp is an early childhood education specialist from Washington, DC.

Sue Bredekamp

Board Emeritus

Dr. James Hawkins is a retired school superintendent.

James Hawkins

Board Emeritus

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