The Team

Meghan Eison

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Meghan holds a B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University and M.Sc. in Political Science from University of London’s Birkbeck College. Meghan has over ten years of experience working in education as a School Developer for two educational nonprofits, Eskolta LLC and Good Shepherd Services. Meghan co-founded The League after a two and half year quest to find a program that would preserve her kids’ innate curiosity about how things work. Meghan extensively researched, read, and experimented with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in every capacity she could: from books to toys to after school programs to museum workshops from Florida to New York to Massachusetts. But the more Meghan looked, the more confident she became that the program she was looking for did not exist… so Meghan did what any self-respecting admirer of innovators should do; she took the leap and tried to invent it.

Kiera Nieuwejaar

Co-founder & Educational Director

Kiera Nieuwejaar holds a B.A. in Religion from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was a preschool and early elementary school teacher for 5 years and has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Educational Philosophy.

Kiera grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, and learned to tinker from her parents, who were science educators and makers themselves. Living in a hundred acres of forest, Kiera spent her childhood designing her own toys, raising animals, observing nature, building forts, reading lots of history and biography, and fooling around with science and old-school technology as part of daily life. Kiera’s experiences as a parent and a teacher made her realize that today’s kids don’t have enough opportunity to really connect to scientific concepts through play or story. Inventing this program with Meghan makes Kiera wish she were a kid again so she could be in The League!

Jeff Klein

Director of Curriculum

Jeff holds a A.B. in Environmental Studies from Brown University and an M.S.. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.  After a brief stint in the world of consulting, Jeff realized his true passion was working with children, both in and out of the classroom.  A common theme in Jeff’s educational approach is his belief that disciplines like science and history should be less discrete from one another.  During his teaching tenure, Jeff moved his curriculum away from textbooks and toward projects like tapping maple trees on school grounds and selling the syrup as a school fundraiser, or helping students create an online, interactive map of the school grounds (with every tree species labeled!)

After taking time off from work to fulfill the dream of being an at-home parent with two young children, Jeff is excited to be back developing curriculum for this Brooklyn-based program.  In his spare time, Jeff is an avid gardener and an adventurer when he can get away.

Wade Kramm

Lead Teacher

Wade Kramm holds an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Wade has over 15 years of experience teaching youth art programs and at maker spaces, while continuing to create and exhibit his own artwork.

As an artist and maker, Wade’s interest in the magic of early technology and mechanics has lead him to explore a variety of subjects including: early film and animation devices, hand-cranked automata, paper engineering, such as pop-up books, and shadow puppets. Wade brings his expertise and enthusiasm for teaching and creating to the League of Young Inventors.

Duncan Figurski

Assistant Teacher

Duncan is an educator and artist living in Brooklyn New York. Duncan has worked with children in a variety of settings, as an art teacher for many years, as well as working as a STEAM specialist for a GreenPoint Forest-Pre-School. Working and and helping to develop science literacy has been at the forefront of his goals. Having graduated from the New School with departmental Honors in interdisciplinary Science, he has worked diligently to make STEM activities accessible to a wide range of youth.