Expert Advisory Panel

Elizabeth Aschenbrenner
Director of Birth-Age 8 Initiatives, Project Coordinator, Executive Function and Dual Language Learning – EASTCONN Regional Educational Service Center, Connecticut

Claire E. Cameron, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Learning & Instruction, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Craig A. Cooke, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools, Windsor, Connecticut

Juanita Copley, Ph.D.
Professor, Emerita, Curriculum and Instruction Department, College of Education: University of Houston, Texas

Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D.
Research Assistant Professor, P-3 Education Policy & Leadership, Director, National P-3 Center, Co-Director, Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Institute, College of Education, University of Washington

Chris Maxwell, Ph.D.
Director of Program Development, Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska

Sharon Ritchie, Ed. D.
Senior Scientist and Principal investigator First School initiative, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Wendy Simmons, Ph.D.
Director of Development, Community Affairs and Equity, State Education Resource Center (SERC), Middletown, Connecticut

Shauna Tominey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist, Oregon State University

Steve Tozer, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Urban Education Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education

Joseph F. Yukish, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor, College of Education, Clemson University, South Carolina; Early Literacy Consultant specializing in K-2 reading

Project Director

Karen L. List, Ph.D.
Dr. List has been an advocate for early childhood education for many years. Under her leadership as superintendent of the West Hartford Schools, the district opened preschools in magnet schools in neighborhoods with high poverty rates and the community’s lowest percentage of children participating in early education. The West Hartford program has grown to 4 public, neighborhood school-based, full-day preschools. In 2016, a new West Hartford magnet school building opened with 5 preschool classes for 3- and 4-year-olds. Dr. List retired as West Hartford School Superintendent in 2014.

Core Development Team

Andrea Brinnel, Ed.D., Early Childhood Specialist, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Casey Cobb, Ph.D., Neag Endowed Professor of Educational Policy, Neag School of Education, UConn
Harriet Feldlaufer, Division Director, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Richard Gonzales, Ph.D., Director of Educational Leadership Preparation Programs, Neag School of Education, UConn
Jill Hale, Elementary Assistant Executive Director at Connecticut Association of Schools
Kim Wachelhausen, Education Consultant, Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning, Connecticut State Department of Education