What is Kiwi Crate
Our advisory board includes highly respected experts in education, developmental psychology, art, and science to ensure we're delivering developmentally appropriate and enriching projects.
Jean Lythcott, Ph.D.
Professor of Science Education
Jeannie spent 26 years as a science teacher in four countries and four states, 8 years as professor of science education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, and 10 years as a science educator with Stanford University's Teacher Education Program. At Columbia and Stanford, Jeannie taught courses about educating young children into seeing and understanding the world the way science does. Jeannie is a grandmother and an active member of the GaGa Sisterhood, an organization of grandmothers inspiring each other with creative ways to stay connected with their grandchildren.
My mission as teacher, as researcher, as professor has always been to help young, old, and in-betweens to see the world through the spectacles of science newly, to help children uncover the world they see through science, to help people find confidence and joy in explorations via science and so to escape the stifling dogma that is so often science as encountered in schools.
Ira Lit, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Ira is an Associate Professor in the Stanford University School of Education, where he also serves as the Director of Stanford's Elementary Teacher Education Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford, Ira served as the Executive Director of the Teachers for a New Era initiative at Bank Street College of Education in New York. Ira's research and practice focuses on teacher education, elementary education, educational equity, and the forms and aims of education and schooling. Ira worked previously as an elementary public school teacher in Northern California. He also co-founded, Jefunira Camp, a successful Bay Area summer day camp for preschool and elementary-aged children. Ira's wife is also an elementary school teacher. They have two children, ages 9 and 7.
Rachelle Doorley, Ed.M.
Rachelle is an arts educator with fifteen years of experience ranging from overseeing school programs at the San Jose Museum of Art to lecturing on Visual Thinking at Stanford. She is inspired by her creative muses, her two daughters, and writes about their creative experiments and art explorations at TinkerLab.com. As Interim Director of Education at SJMA she trained gallery teachers to lead engaging tours and designed interactive gallery experiences for museum visitors, young and old. Prior to her work as an arts educator, she was a costumer with Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures. Rachelle holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and a Masters in Arts Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Children are naturally curious and creative, and we can support their creative journey by encouraging the free exploration of materials, asking open-ended questions about their discoveries, and exposing them to new ideas that feed their interests. When I facilitate a project with children, I focus on the process rather than the product because generally, this is what children are most passionate about. They care about how art materials interact with one another or making connections between a new discovery and prior knowledge. Kiwi Crate is exciting to me because it also embraces the goals of process-based art making while empowering grown-ups to be great facilitators.
Lisa Medoff, Ph.D.
Lisa holds a B.A in psychology from Rice University, an M.S.Ed. in school counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in child and adolescent development from Stanford University. Lisa works with students of all ages, consulting with families and schools to help them provide the optimal home and school environments for their children. She also works with the Cleo Eulau Center, a non-profit organization that supports teachers in high-risk neighborhoods and promotes attention to social and emotional well-being in the school environment. Lisa has taught child & adolescent development and psychology courses to both undergraduates and teacher credential candidates at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, and Foothill College. Lisa is the author of a weekly child psychology column for the website Education.com.
My mission as a psychologist includes helping families re-discover the joy in spending leisure time together, which builds a strong foundation of mutual trust, as well as teaches children creative approaches to problem-solving and promotes development of a sense of humor, all of which are important aspects of life-long resilience. I am proud to be a part of Kiwi Crate, which shares the same philosophy.
Susan Rodgers, M.LIS.
Susan Rodgers is a children’s librarian at the Palo Alto City Library. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an M.S. in Library and Information Science, a certificate in Community Informatics, and a B.A. in English and Rhetoric. Susan’s work is focused on getting youth to love reading and celebrate the world of literature. Pairing art and reading is a favorite method of Susan’s who frequently includes interactive elements in her storytimes at the library. Her favorite children’s authors include Jane Yolen, Mo Willems, Dr. Seuss, Madeleine L'Engle, Beverly Cleary, and Cynthia Rylant.