Center for Childhood Creativity Staff
Elizabeth comes with more than 15 years of experience in formal education, working as a teacher, principal, and executive director in small urban schools focused on personalization, equity, and progressive education. She holds a B.A. from Brown University, teaching and administrative credentials from Mills College, and a Doctorate in educational leadership from Mills College. Her doctoral research, drawing heavily from psychological constructs (such as learning mindset, self-efficacy, and stereotype threat) focuses on the role of “care” in teachers’ relationships with Latino male students entering high school substantially behind in academic skills.
Lisa Regalla is the Deputy Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM). She leverages the CCC’s research base to lead a variety of STEM initiatives with organizations nationwide and oversees the world’s first early childhood Fab Lab on-site at BADM. As the Deputy Director of Maker Ed, Lisa advanced partnerships with educators, organizations, and researchers to support a growing network, committed to broadening participation in making. Prior to Maker Ed, Lisa developed STEM content and ran a national outreach program for Twin Cities Public Television series, SciGirls and DragonflyTV: Nano. Lisa received a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in theater from Lehigh University before earning her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida. In 2011, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on SciGirls and the Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society for her work to promote gender equity in STEM.
Helen Hadani, Ph.D.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and a Doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University. She has designed innovative learning products for toy and technology companies including Apple and LEGO, and taught classes on child development at UC Davis and San Francisco State University. She is the co-author of a chapter on research and museum partnerships in Relating Research and Practice: Cognitive Development in Museum Settings (2016). Since joining the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) as the Director of Research, Helen has worked closely with the center’s museum partner, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) and The Discovery School—BADM’s on-site preschool, to share knowledge on creative thinking in young children and guide curriculum development for both the museum and the school. Through her role at the CCC, Helen has numerous opportunities to work on and author publications that synthesize academic research on early childhood education for parents and educators. Additionally, Helen draws on her expertise in developmental psychology and playful learning to design and evaluate products and experiences that promote children’s curiosity, creativity, and love of learning. She serves on advisory boards for the LEGO Foundation, Nickelodeon Jr., and Goddard Schools and has close relationships with leading academics and researchers who support the CCC’s work.
Amy has more than 10 years of experience as an early childhood educator, both in the classroom and the museum setting. In her current role, she focuses on staff professional development, program evaluation, coaching, and consulting for the Center for Childhood Creativity. Previously, she spent six years directing early childhood education strategic initiatives at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and a large science center in the Midwest. She was a classroom teacher, primarily for preschool, prior to her work in museums. She currently sits on the First 5 Marin Commission and was a founding member of the Leadership Team for the Association of Science and Technology Centers Early Childhood Community of Practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a Master of Education degree in early childhood education.