Since 1976, EXPLO has attracted over 80,000 remarkable alumni who have gone on to achieve great things in every career imaginable.
Like the rest of our diverse community, the leadership team at EXPLO is comprised of interesting individuals, each with unique passions, pursuits, and stories to share. What unites our leaders is their commitment to educating the whole child and to learning as a lifelong journey — one that is not confined by classroom walls.
Among our leaders is a singing-dancing lawyer, a fire-juggling math whiz, a professional photographer with the wisdom of Gandalf, a Jane-of-all-trades, a passionate educator, and a master teacher. They are true scholars and educators, all.
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Moira likes creating and building and it is no surprise that one of her first tasks as president of EXPLO was overseeing the renovation and build out of a boarded-up building that began its life as the Norwood Press in 1894. Now the organization’s headquarters, the Exploration Center is a busy R+D Lab at the forefront of teaching and learning and creative curricular design.
Moira is an Innovation Fellow at the Wheelock School of Education at Boston University and serves on the National Advisory Board for Bowdoin College Admissions and on the Dean of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council for Bentley University. For ten years she served as a member and officer of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Schools in New England.
An honors graduate of Bowdoin College, Moira earned her J.D. at Boston University School of Law, and first class honors in law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She was a Rotary Ambassador at Goodwill Fellow at the University of Nottingham, England, a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow, and a National TRIO Achiever. She was tapped as one of the non-profit leaders to participate in the Open Leadership Camp hosted by the MIT Media Lab and Mozilla.
Since 2000, Moira has served as Associate Producer for the Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization that produces all of the general election U.S. presidential and vice-presidential debates. She has led the Commission’s educational outreach efforts and has been a presenter at the National Democratic Institute’s International Best Practices Debate Institutes, as well as other conferences and workshops.
Each summer, Moira moves to campus with her family, which includes Rosie the rescue border collie. Moira can be found visiting classes, running professional development workshops with staff, and chatting with students at one of her many “lunches with Moira.”
Mark is a strategic leader committed to the idea that improving the world starts with our youth. He brings to EXPLO over 30 years of business, technology, and education experience.
Prior to joining EXPLO in 2019, Mark served as Vice President of Strategy and Impact at FIRST, a nonprofit that provides hands-on robotics programs to nearly 600,000 students from over 100 countries, where he was responsible for defining strategies to increase program access, participation, and impact. He led FIRST’s schools initiative, which enabled schools and districts to bring FIRST robotics programs into the school day by providing curriculum, teacher professional development, and support structures.
Prior to FIRST, Mark held positions as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Sustainability & Education Affairs at Cognizant, a global provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services. He launched Cognizant’s Making the Future program, themed on the Maker Movement, and designed to inspire STEM interest and creativity through fun, hands-on, project-based learning opportunities.
Mark was a co-founder of the nonprofit Maker Education Initiative — whose mission is to harness the power of making to transform teaching and learning — and continues to serve on MakerEd’s board. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Operations Management from the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University.
Head of Programs, EXPLO at Wheaton
A wise and compassionate mentor to legions of students and educators, David is a beloved teacher and educational leader. He began his education career at Northfield Mount Hermon School (NMH), where he taught photography, lived in a dormitory, and coached. He went on to become a House Director, Campus Dean, and eventually, School Dean. While there, he was twice honored with the faculty residential life award. David then moved to Milton Academy where he was a teacher and Dean of Students. In addition to leading EXPLO at Wheaton, David consults with and advises independent schools, and presents at professional conferences on student life issues. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University and earned his M.F.A. at Bard College as a Milton Avery Scholar. A man of many talents, David is also a nationally recognized fine arts photographer with numerous museum and gallery shows to his credit.
Head of Programs, EXPLO at Wellesley
Elliot is known as an “idea factory” and has been developing ideas for EXPLO since 1997. Prior to becoming the Head of Programs at EXPLO at Wellesley, Elliot held many positions within the organization, including Residence Director, Programming Director, and Dean of Day Students. Outside of EXPLO, Elliot was a founding teacher at a Boston charter school and taught math and science in the Cambridge, Massachusetts public school system. One public school teaching colleague described him as “the most progressive teacher in the district.” Elliot’s interests and talents are broad. He was a math correlation specialist at Riverdeep, Inc., working on interactive mathematics software, and worked with Games-To-Teach, a partnership between MIT and Microsoft’s iCampus. In addition, he is the founder of EB Tutoring. In the summer, you will see him juggling flaming torches on campus. Elliot is a graduate of Haverford College, and earned his Masters in Education with a concentration in technology and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He moves to the Wellesley campus each summer with his family, and his dog Trixie, a very cute Labradoodle.
Head of Programs, EXPLO at Yale
Sarah Ruter is a singing-dancing-English teacher who detoured into practicing law before returning to her first love: education. Sarah started her education career at EXPLO in 1996, where she has held numerous positions including teacher, residential advisor, admissions officer, residence director, and Dean of Students. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she was a Robert C. Byrd Scholar. For years, she taught high school writing, public speaking, and literature at a public school in Massachusetts. She also headed the school’s Theater Society, where she directed three plays per year for the 100-member drama organization. Sarah attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where she earned her J.D. cum laude. She practiced general, commercial, and employment law with regular appearances in state and federal court. Minnesota Law and Politics called her a “Rising Star” and Minnesota Lawyer named her to their list of “Up and Coming Attorneys.” Sarah lives on the Yale campus during the summer and has been known to make cameo appearances in EXPLO student films and to put on her robes as a judge for EXPLO moot court competitions.
Assistant Head, EXPLO at Yale
Andy began his EXPLO career in 2007 and has worked as a senior administrator, including Director of Programming at EXPLO at St. Mark’s and Director of Curriculum and Instruction at EXPLO at Yale. For five years, Andy worked during the academic year in curriculum development at the Exploration Center. While working in curriculum, you might have found Andy writing essential questions for a germ biology course, coaching a teacher on instructional techniques, or in EXPLO’s woodshop, experimenting with crafting a new putting green and hole for a physics through mini-golf course. He was a varsity swimmer in college and has coached several swim teams. Prior to joining EXPLO year round, Andy taught English in various New York state public schools. He was a teacher in West Ghana and a literacy head teacher in Naivasha, Kenya. Andy earned his B.A. in English and education at the State University of New York, Geneseo and his M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts with focus on meaning and purpose in adolescent education.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Barb is a highly accomplished educational leader who is committed to cultivating classrooms committed to inquiry, creativity, and exploration so that learning is more engaging and joyful. She oversees one of the most innovative teacher professional development programs in the world, and oversees a staff of 13 year round curriculum developers and coaches. She and her team work hard to stay abreast of the latest developments in learning and teaching. With many years of teaching experience for a variety of age groups, Barb brings a passion for hands-on, creative, and interactive learning to her work at EXPLO. During her tenure at public schools in New Hampshire, Barb developed and implemented multi-disciplinary curricula, created a district-wide staff mentor program, and started a student peer tutor program. Through Illinois State University, Barb piloted new math and science curricula with a focus on integrating technology into the classroom. She has taught teacher workshops and was a staff development instructor at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, New England College, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Barb earned her B.S. in Biology at Cornell University and her Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in mathematics, at New England College.
Creative Director and Director, EXPLO Studio
Hundreds of people will tell you that Dave is the most creative person they know. After studying physics at the University of Maine, Dave came to the realization he wanted to bring the arts and sciences together. So he left the lab for the studio. Dave started his EXPLO career in 1997 as a teacher and then did all manner of work for EXPLO from being the Director of Publications to designing and building a device that would allow students to practice installing a stent for a medical course. As he built and designed more and more for EXPLO courses, Dave was tapped to launch EXPLO Studio, EXPLO’s R&D division focusing on innovative curricular design and experiential professional development. He now also heads the Exploration Center’s Makerspace and leads its programming. A participant in the Open Leadership Camp at the MIT Media Lab, Dave is a regular presenter at Oppi and an Innovation Fellow at Boston University’s Wheelock School of Education and Human Development. His keynotes are memorable and have involved large cardboard moose, marbles, and mobiles.