Team Member’s Biographies

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Clara Pérez-Méndez is the owner and founder of Puentes Culturales, ( for 20 years. She is a bilingual Spanish-English cultural mediator who works with school Districts providing bicultural training. She is a consultant with the Colorado Department of Education, where she trains special-education, school-based teams that work with children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Clara was a consultant for the University of Colorado at Boulder since 1995, focusing on developing cultural competence in early childhood assessment. Clara was the Child Find Bilingual Coordinator in Boulder Valley School District for many years. Clara can be reached by e-mail at
Susan M. Moore, JD, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor Emerita, University of Colorado Boulder, holds Child Language Specialty Certification from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is an ASHA Fellow given her many contributions to the field of speech language pathology, early childhood education, and special education. Susan’s expertise in child language acquisition, differences, and identified communication challenges and her career in teaching and professional development, spans two generations of new teacher educators, early childhood specialists, and bilingual providers. She is a founding author of Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Curriculum (EQIT)in Colorado; a certified Touchpoints Facilitator through the Brazelton Institute at Harvard; and is a certified CLASS observer at infant, toddler and pre-K levels. Her passion is fostering professionals and family members to discover and grow children’s foundations in early language(s) and literacy through interactive story-book reading, experiential learning, and creative expression. She is an avid collector of young children’s literature across cultures and languages. Susan can be reach at:
Camille Catlett is based at the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Her recent research efforts have focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating models for preparing personnel to work with young children who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse and models for collaborative, cross-sector profesional development. Since moving to North Carolina in 1992, Camille has led strategic planning efforts designed to promote systemic change in professional development in over 30 states. Since 2000, Camille’s work has focused on developing intentional strategies that grow the capacity of early childhood and early intervention professionals to be comfortable, confident, and capable to support young children who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse and their families. Camille is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences. She coordinates four national listserves, (Baby Talk, Faculty Finds, Natural Resources, Resources within Reason), two state listserves, and authors a regular column on implementing evidencebased practices (From Article to Action) in Young Exceptional Children. Camille Catlett, Scientist Emerita, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Camille can be reached at:
Lori E. Meyer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont. Dr. Meyer teaches in both the early childhood and early childhood special education programs and is dedicated to investigating early childhood practices and curricula that increase the belonging and membership of each and every child within inclusive classroom environments. She is currently serving on the International Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices Commission tasked with updating the DEC Recommended Practices to inform and improve the quality of services provided to young children with disabilities and their families. Lori can be reached at:
Carol McQuillen, I am passionate about being an early educator (mostly grades K and one), nurturing a strong, caring, community of learners in my classroom. Other key components of my teaching philosophy include: integrated themes, mindfulness, getting children on the land, fostering good habits related to health with a focus sustainability, and community service. I have devoted considerable time and attention to mentoring university students and have enjoyed presenting at both local and national conferences on a variety of topics. I am a member of the Early Childhood Snelling Institute cohort (2016). Eight years ago, I had the privilege of being on a team of educators and parents who began a local non-profit, Common Roots, to support the food evolution in the South Burlington School District. Our mission is food education and food access for families who face food insecurity. Carol can be reached at:
Sally Anderson, MLS, is the Executive Director of the Vermont Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. She has been the co-developer of several science and mathematics programs for early childhood educators, public librarians, and parents of preschool children, all funded by the National Science Foundation. These programs include Mother Goose Cares About Math and Science, What’s the BIG Idea? and Mother Goose Asks “Why?” She is the co-author of Math and Science Investigations: Helping Young Learners Make Big Discoveries and Social Studies and Me! Using Children’s Books to Learn About Our World, published by Gryphon House. Sally can be reached at:
Greg DeFrancis, is an Associate Director and the Director of Education at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont where he directs the Museum’s many science education programs and grant supported initiatives. Greg is most interested in the roles of inquiry, making and tinkering, and personal narratives in science learning and engagement. His passion is exploring ways to support and encourage such experiences through informal education, museum exhibits, and classroom curriculum and professional development for teachers. Greg can be reached at Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, Vermon

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