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Dr. Rowe received her doctorate human development and psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and was a postdoctoral fellow in developmental psychology at the University of Chicago for several years before joining the University of Maryland faculty in 2009. At Maryland she runs the Language Development and Parenting lab, where she studies the role of parents and family factors in children's language development.






Ms. Kouyate, Senior Director, Education, oversees all of Wolf Trap’s Education Programs including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Prior to joining the Wolf Trap staff in 2001, Kouyate worked for more than 25 years as an administrator, educator, and professional artist with arts and disability organizations and government agencies including Memory of African Culture, Inc., Young Audiences – D.C. Chapter, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Library of Congress. She also has served as an Adjunct Faculty member of Dance Major programs at Howard University, University of Maryland, American University and George Mason University. Ms. Kouyate holds an MA in Arts Management and a BA in Performing Arts-Dance from American University and is a recipient of a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award. She has conducted research in African Cultural Studies in Mali, Senegal, and the Gambia. - See more at:


Ms. Proctor is the Group Leader for the Office of Early Learning in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. This office is responsible for the Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge program, Early Reading First, Early Childhood Educator Professional Development, and the Even Start State and Tribal programs. Prior to her current position she provided oversight and monitoring at the Federal level for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Parts B and C in the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education. Her career portfolio includes more than 20 years of early childhood education experience in State and Local programs. She worked as the Director of Disabilities Services in the District of Columbia’s Public School Head Start Program; Supervisor of Early Childhood Programs in the Prince Georges County Public School System in Maryland and the Child Find/Public Awareness Coordinator for the Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program in the District of Columbia’s Early Care and Education Administration. Tammy holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education Administration.

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