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!