Our Core Team

Elizabeth Eagle

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Together with colleague Liz Titone, Elizabeth Eagle is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of e² education & environment. She has 18 years of experience teaching visual art and photography at The Packer Collegiate Institute. As co-director of the school's Carol Shen Gallery, Elizabeth curates shows ranging from Picasso to local contemporary artists, where she collaborates with other educators to create inspiring curricula to help students connect to the work on display.

In 2014/15, Elizabeth was a guest lecturer at the University of Florida, The Harn Museum, The University of North Florida, and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Elizabeth developed a shared curriculum between Packer and Ndonyo Wasin Primary School in the Samburu District of North Eastern Kenya. She created a portrait exchange to develop an emerging relationship between two schools that extends beyond the standard pen pal program. In 2010 Elizabeth joined forces with Artworks for Youth, an international non-profit arts education organization, to teach photography, life drawing and portraiture to children in Joe Slovo Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Elizabeth's paintings, photographs and mixed medium works are part of numerous permanent collections and have been featured in museums and galleries across the United States. Elizabeth continues to make art and exhibit her work.

Elizabeth received her B.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University in 1990. She attended Bennington College, VT on a M.F.A. Photography Fellowship and in 1998, completed her Masters of Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute, NY. Since 1992, Elizabeth has worked as a freelance photographer, specializing in live event coverage for clients including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The New York Times, Carnegie Hall and Festival Production.


Liz Titone

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Together with colleague Elizabeth Eagle, Liz Titone formed e² education & environment to support their work in global education and visual literacy worldwide. As an educator Liz has worked diligently to blend her interests and experiences, inspirations and curiosities. She has served as both studio art educator and visiting artist (locally and internationally), designed and lead gallery experiences for K-12 in a variety of disciplines, and designed programs dedicated to empowering students through peer-to-peer learning and visual literacy. She has managed classrooms and developed curricula for a diverse range of socio-economic communities and learning environments.

Liz serves on the faculty of the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York as a studio art teacher and museum educator for their dedicated exhibition space, the Carol Shen Gallery. In 2010 she created and implemented a school-wide museum education program to provide multidisciplinary experiences in the gallery. Using the artwork as a foundation for inquiry, she facilitates discussions and activities that she has designed to encourage critical thinking and analysis. Liz has taught art, photography, and bookbinding to elementary and middle school aged students for over decade.

For three years Liz was the coordinator of a partnership between a public school in Brooklyn and a sister school in Zimbabwe as part of US Africa Children's Fellowship’s worldwide programming. Along with supervising fundraising efforts, she worked to develop cross-cultural curricula in social studies, science, art and music. Presently, Liz is a member of Packer’s global education task force in support of their partnership with the Ndonyo Wasin Primary School in the Samburu District of Kenya. Liz has designed site-specific curricula for the New York City Parks Department, among other institutions, focused on environmental science, art and activism.

Liz has a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase and an MSE from Bank Street College, spe­cializing in place-based education and cross-cultural learning.


Ali Gaskell is a British science educator who has been living and teaching in New York City for the last four years. She currently teaches physics and chemistry to upper and middle school students in Brooklyn. Ali has a keen interest in international education and has taught, so far, in three different countries: United Kingdom, America and Malawi.

In 2007, Ali worked in Malawi, Southern Africa, as a volunteer for RIPPLE Africa, a charity that is involved in education, environmental and healthcare projects in the north of the country. While living in a tiny village on the shores of Lake Malawi, she taught science and math in the local community, and led an initiative to start Mwaya Beach Adult Education Program.

Upon returning to England at the end of the academic year, she became RIPPLE Africa’s UK Project Manager. While working for the charity, she decided that her true passion lay in the classroom so she embarked upon her teacher training. Not ready to leave the not-for-profit world, Ali continued working for RIPPLE Africa as the volunteer coordinator whilst also teaching. Although Ali now resides in the US, she has maintained her working relationship with RIPPLE Africa from across the pond.

Ali has recently completed her Masters in Education and International Development from University College London. The focus of her studies were pedagogy and sub-Saharan Africa.

Ali Gaskell

Director of Global Programs


Ros Winner Sterling

Director of Operations

Ros Winner Sterling joined the team to work on This Is Ours: Ngare Ndare, Kenya and has since focused on the growth of the This Is Ours program both in the United States and globally. Ros brings over twenty years of organizational experience to , working with not-for-profit organizations like The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and the NYAA Alumni Association. As an arts educator at St. Stephen of Hungary School, in New York, Ros' students created the second volume in the This Is Ours series, This Is Ours: East 82nd Street. She believes in the importance of teaching children to be creative problem solvers and she is regular contributor to school publications as an advocate for the arts in education. Ros holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, and a BFA from the University of Notre Dame. For more than 20 years, she has been a mixed media artist and figurative painter, exhibiting work in the USA, Canada and Europe.


Ann Diederich brings 21 years of experience in global education, social justice work, and travel programs in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. In her 7 years at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, she has taught French, Spanish and history, co-chaired the Global Initiatives Program, served on the Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, and led global travel programs to France, Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. She is a master teacher at the Rassias Center for Global Languages and Cultures at Dartmouth where she continues to teach accelerated language courses at the college level and lead teaching workshops. As the Director of Strategic Outreach for the non-profit e² education & environment, Ann has contributed to publication projects and helped to seek out new possibilities for the organization. Ann majored in languages and Western European studies at Georgetown University, researched feminist policy in post-Franco Spain as a Fulbright Scholar, and earned a master’s degree in French from Middlebury.

Ann Diederich

Director of Strategic Outreach


Silas’s passions are his cultural heritage and the environment. He has an in-depth knowledge of Maasai culture, and a gift for transmitting it in an appealing and relevant manner to people from a western background. He co-founded Bush Adventures, the first experience holiday company in Kenya offering its guests a cultural immersion with the Laikipia Maasai.

Now based in North Eastern Italy, he runs seminars in local schools teaching children about Maasai life, and by drawing parallels between Maasai and Western ways of life, facilitating their reflections on their own culture and values- in particular what it means to become an adult, how to live with nature, how to foster a sense of belonging to the local community.

He also has an exceptional understanding of Kenyan wildlife, honed in over 10 years organizing and guiding safaris as head guide in exclusive lodges and as a private guide. He loves to teach his guests how to “read” a wild animal’s intentions and feelings from its actions, a skill that he has mastered while growing up in a traditional Maasai village, and show them how our own human interactions are often mirrored by what animals do.

In the last 15 years, Silas has also been involved in many charity projects: he managed the logistics for water distribution in villages and for access to mobile clinics staffed by visiting doctors, he organized the distribution of books and advocated with his guests for local education programs, he promoted tree planting and clean-up days in local schools and villages.  In 2006 he led a group of Samburu and Maasai warriors in a fund raising trip in London for Sereolipi Nomadic Education Trust (SENET).

 

Silas Kitonga