- Merle Froschl, Co-director
Merle has 35 years of experience in education and publishing and during that time has developed outstanding curricular and teacher training models in the field of educational equity, with a focus on gender and diversity. In1982, Merle co-founded Educational Equity Concepts, which merged with the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in 2005. Merle is a nationally-known speaker on issues of gender equity and equality of opportunity in education, and has authored numerous articles, teacher’s guides, and books. Most recently, she co-authored the The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms (Gryphon House, 2005). Merle holds a B.S. in Journalism from Syracuse University and is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, Columbia University.
- Barbara Sprung, Co-director
Barbara has over 40 years of experience in early childhood education, as a teacher and as an innovator of programs and materials to promote equality of opportunity for children. In 1982, Barbara co-founded Educational Equity Concepts, which merged with the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in 2005. Barbara is a nationally known speaker and has written extensively about equity in education. In 1975, she wrote Non-Sexist Education for Young Children: A Practical Guide (Citation Press, Scholastic). Most recently, she co-authored The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms (Gryphon House, 2005). Barbara holds a B.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.S. in Child Development from the Bank Street College of Education, and is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, Columbia University.
- Linda Colón, Senior Program Manager
Linda has been participating in program development, training, and technical assistance with the EEC team since 1983. As program manager, she provides oversight for financial, contractual, and reporting functions for all of EEC’s programs. She is co-author of After-School Science PLUS, After-School Math PLUS, Playtime is Science, and Including All of Us. Linda has provided bilingual training in Spanish and English for many of EEC’s programs and has served on a number of community organization boards and school-based leadership teams. She holds a B.A. degree from Hunter College and is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, Columbia University. Linda is the recipient of a 2008 Tickton Fellowship at AED.
- Maryann Stimmer, Senior Manager for STEM Programs
Maryann began her work with EEC as a parent advocate for more and better science and math. She joined the staff in 1994 and has conducted professional development, coordinated program implementation, and participated in program and curriculum development. Her publications include After-School Science PLUS, After-School Math PLUS, and Playtime is Science for Students with Disabilities. She currently coordinates After-School Inclusive Math and Great Science for Girls; serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Science After School; chairs the Math Special Interest Group for the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC); and is a member of the NASA Out-of-School Time Working Group. Maryann has been named 2008 Informal Science Educator of the Year by the National Science Teachers Association.
- Benjamin Dworken, Coordinator for STEM Programs
Ben Dworken is the Coordinator for STEM Programs at EEC/FHI 360. He is instrumental in strengthening STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming, including After-School Math PLUS, After-School Science PLUS, and Great Science for Girls. He has experience as a researcher, technologist and as an educator. Previously, Ben worked at General Electric's Global Research Center where he contributed to several major projects and developed many technical and analytical skills. More recently, he trained urban young adults in Information Technology and professional development in a corporate environment. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.