Who We Are

From two full-time staff to the over 2,300 educators in our DCPZ network, we are grateful to work with a remarkable set of leaders who deliver high-quality professional development in various formats.


Jim Reese | Director​

Jim joined WIS in 2008 as Director of Studies at the Cleveland Park campus. An experienced English teacher, Jim has taught locally in public schools and abroad in international schools. He regularly lectures in or teaches courses at George Washington University, where he earned his Master in Education and Doctor of Education degrees. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Davidson College. On the faculty of the Project Zero Classroom summer institute from 2001-2016, Jim served as Education Coordinator from 2006-2016; has taught and coached in Project Zero online courses; and was the Education Chair of the Project Zero Perspectives off-site conferences from their inception in 2010 until 2017.

Abby Krolik | Programs Coordinator

Abby joined the Professional Development Collaborative in 2018. She supports and coordinates communication about our various initiatives, including the planning and execution of WISSIT. With extensive experience in museum education, Abby learned about Project Zero practices during her graduate program at George Washington University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Museum Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Vassar College. Prior to coming to WIS, Abby worked with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tudor Place Historic House & Gardens, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, and the National Park Foundation.

Advisory Council

Maquita Alexander, Executive Director, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

Maquita Alexander​

Head of School, Van Ness Elementary School (DCPS)

Veronica Boix Mansilla, Principal Investigator, Harvard Project Zero

Veronica Boix Mansilla

Principal Investigator, Harvard Project Zero

Poetry Out Loud

Jefferson Burnett

Senior Vice President for Education Innovation, National Association of Independent Schools


Laura Engel

Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs, GWU


Richard Hall

Former Washington International
Head of School


Heidi Hinish

Head of Gallery and Studio Learning, National Gallery of Art

Julian Hipkins

Julian Hipkins

Global Studies Coordinator, Roosevelt High School (DCPS)


Suzanna Jemsby

Head of School, Washington International School

Cynthia Robinson-Rivers

Cynthia Robinson-Rivers

Partner, Transcend


DC-Project Zero comprises over 2,300 educators–most of whom work in the DC region in traditional public, public charter, independent and religious private schools, or in museums and early childhood centers. Belonging to the network gives educators access throughout the year to a wealth of professional learning opportunities sponsored by the PDC as well as by like-minded organizations.