Dr. Ian Kelleher is a leader in translating the latest research in how the brain learns into classroom practice for K-12 teachers around the world. As a science teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (MD) and The Dreyfuss Chair of Research for the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, he spends his days teaching physic and robotics while working on projects that help teachers translate the science of learning into everyday practices in their own classrooms. He has coached Boys JV Soccer for 22 years. And he is also the co-author of Neuroteach, which, uniquely, is written by teachers for teachers. He is that rare thing: an everyday teacher who also understands the science of learning and its implications for real schools. Ian grew up in the UK, has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and suffers weekly as a Manchester United fan.
Tara Quigley began her teaching career in 1991 and has been at Princeton Day School for 23 years. She currently teaches sixth grade Humanities, serves as Director of Miss Fine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and is the Middle School Technology Coordinator. She has worked for OESIS as the Director of Program Alignment, working with schools to build mission-aligned culture and program, and has served as an OESIS Network Leader for many years. Having begun her career as a Middle-School science teacher, Tara has always been interested in incorporating inquiry, questioning, and exploration in her classroom. She has also taught early-childhood science, fourth grade, and fifth and sixth grade Humanities at Princeton Day School. In order to spark more engagement and intrinsic motivation in her classes, Tara began using Design Thinking, PBL, and inquiry in her Humanities classes to encourage student agency and allow for differentiation with Competency-Based Learning for feedback and assessment. Having seen great success with this approach, Tara frequently shares her process and experiences with her colleagues at PDS, national conferences, and peer schools. In 2014, Tara was appointed to the position of Director of Miss Fine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in which she has worked to educate and empower teachers to try new pedagogical practices and strategies, including: design thinking, PBL, Guided Inquiry Research, Visible Thinking Protocols, and teaching towards mastery of skills and competencies. In 2016, Tara received an Intrepid Innovator Award in 2020.