Libbie’s research and evaluation work focuses on early childhood education and equity in educational settings. She is interested in various issues related to young children’s learning, including the role of parents/caregivers, teachers, peers, and communities; social and emotional development; and barriers to educational success for children from underserved groups. Her research and evaluation approach uses mixed methods, and she has expertise in research design, qualitative and quantitative instrument development (e.g., surveys, observations, and focus groups), data analysis, report writing, and presentation of findings.
Before joining Education Northwest, Libbie was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Hawai‘i and worked on evaluation projects that focused on supporting Native Hawaiian students from preschool through college. Libbie has a doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I believe that educational systems are uniquely suited to tackling social inequalities, and I love working with community partners to help make their programs more impactful for all children.