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2019 Speakers

Speaker Biographies

Joshua Alvarez, MA, Education Consultant, Kaplan Early Learning Company, CA
Joshua D. Alvarez is an Education Consultant ,Trainer and President for Los Angeles Co. Fathers and Families Collaborative and “On Air consultant for the TV show “A place of our own/Los ninos en su casa.” He has been in the education field for over twenty four years. Twelve of those years, directly in the classroom and 10 of those years in administration. Joshua has also been a bilingual (English/Spanish) Education Consultant for the past 20 years. He has given trainings locally and nationwide. He has trained federal programs to state programs to Government base programs and families in the community. Joshua is part of the LACOE Policy Council.

Tamar Andrews, EdD, Preschool Director, Temple Isaiah Preschool, CA

Dr. Tamar Andrews has been in the field of ECE for over 25 years. Her areas of specialty are administration and curriculum. Trained in High/Scope, Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches, Dr. Andrews is currently the director of Temple Isaiah Preschool in Los Angeles, a preschool of over 300 children that follows a philosophy that integrates all of these methods. She is also the director of the MA of ECE at the American Jewish University and adjunct at UCLA and Santa Monica College. Dr. Andrews has been working with Linden Education, training ECE teachers and administrators in China to integrate STEM into programs in Shanghai and across China.

Vincent J. Carbone, EdD, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, Carbone Clinic, NY

Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst.  He received his graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, under the supervision of  W.Scott Wood. He ecurrently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University and teaches in the graduate programs in Behavior Analysis at the European Institute for the Study of Human Behavior, in Parma, Italy, and at the Medical School at the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy.  His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior Modification, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and others.  He has provided the requisite university training and supervision to hundreds of board certified behavior analysts in the U.S. and overseas. He is the 2017 recipient of the “Jack Michael Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior Award” from Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group. Currently, he serves as the director of the Carbone Clinics in New York, Boston, London, UK and Dubai, UAE.  All clinics provide behavior analytic consultation, training and therapeutic services to children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Tamara Deverell, MA, Lead Developmental Kindergarten Teacher, Temple Isaiah Preschool, CA

Tamara Deverell has been a DK teacher at Temple Isaiah preschool for 6 years. Prior to that she spent 11 years as the Gesher teacher at Temple Emanuel day school. In her nearly 20 years of early childhood education, Tamara has developed and implemented several creative and innovative class curriculum. In addition to teaching, Tamara and some of her co workers have started a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop for teachers and students alike.Tamara studied early childhood development at California State University, Northridge and received her master teacher permit in 2018.

Kelli Freeman, Lead Preschool Teacher, Temple Isaiah Preschool, CA

Kelli Freeman has been a teacher at Temple Isaiah Preschool for the past 18 years. Prior, Kelli taught at Creative Kids, a Preschool alternative and enrichment educational center for children. She worked there for 12 years teaching everything from preschool to musical theater and everything in between. As well as being a mentor teacher at Temple Isaiah Preschool, Kelli and two of her coworkers are STEM consultants and train other teachers in how to create and implement STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Early Childhood Education. In addition, Kelli manages a tutoring business that facilitates children from preschool through eighth grade. Kelli studied Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica College and is currently preparing to begin her classes for her Masters degree in ECE.

Tommaso Lana, MA, Teaching Artist, Embodied Learning, NY

Tommaso worked as Manager of Visitors Services at the permanent hands-on exhibit “Experience Field for The Development of The Senses,” Wiesbaden, Germany. Between 2010 and 2016, while running his own early education consultancy firm, he was the curator of “Learning Outside” exhibit at the Preschool Museum, Berlin, and co-director at German Representative for Cultural and Media Affairs award-winning social pedagogy project “Paradise 2.” In May 2017, he moved to the US. Tommaso is an Edutopia writer and member of The Aspire Registry. He has a Master in Social History from the University of Milan.

Christine Roberts, BFA, Founder, Nurturing Pathways, Inc, WA

Christine Roberts founded Nurturing Pathways in 2001 to meet the sensory motor and emotional needs of the first four years of life. Her early childhood creative dance program serves over 500 infants, toddlers and preschoolers annually in Seattle, WA. Christine has been Certifying instructors since 2001. She is a Certified Infant Developmental Movement and Infant Massage Educator.

Tara Schwartz, Toddler Specialist, Temple Isaiah Preschool, CA

Tara Schwartz has been teaching early childhood education for over 14 years and holds an MA in Child Development from California State University, and a BS in Elementary Education from University of Central Florida. In an effort to educate and empower parents, teachers, and students, she offers parent workshops that offer tools for managing behavior and encouraging a healthy mind and body, as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) workshops that lead today’s teachers and students into an innovative future. Tara is a mentor teacher at Temple Isaiah Preschool, holds a Program Director permit, and was a teaching assistant to Dr. Tamar Andrews at Santa Monica High School through Santa Monica College in 2018.

Lisa Wilson, MEd, Founder, Early Bird Learning Center, CA

Lisa Marie Wilson is an adjunct instructor at Pacific Oaks University. She is the CEO/Founder of a nonprofit preschool and staffing agency in Los Angeles, California. Lisa is passionate about advocating for young children and their families in the capacity of a Chair and Co-chair for Child Care & Early Education Task Force as well as an active member of Community Voices. Lisa has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years. Lisa is currently working on her dissertation in Education with the emphasis of curriculum and instruction.