Meet the Team

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Team was comprised of four Worcester Polytechnic Institute students in their third year of study under the guidance of three sponsor liaisons and two project advisers. The students can be reached at For further information please contact either the team or the project site at


Isaac Barbour is a Mechanical Engineering student. He is from Fairfax, Vt. He is involved in his fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity and works at the Community Service Center as well as the Writing Center.


Heather Bell is a junior Biochemistry and Biology double major from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity, and is a member of the WPI orchestra.


Alyssa Gottshall is a junior Actuarial Math major from Downingtown, PA.  She is a brother of the Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity and the President of the WPI Invisible Children Club.


Courtney Sparrell is a Chemical Engineering student from Oakton, Va. She is a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta and the treasurer of the WPI Social Committee.

The sponsor liaisons were Chris Giles from the VPUU and Nomzamo Landingwe and Mdebuka Mthwazi from Sikhula Sonke.

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The project advisers were Scott Jiusto and Bob Hersh: