With over 25 years of experience creating professional development models and curricula, Cheryl Lani Juárez oversees several education programs at Frost Science, including CHISPA, a NSF-funded consortium of 11 science museums increasing the science engagement of children and families in Hispanic communities, and ECHOS (Early Childhood Hands-On Science), a research-based program developed with funding from the US DOE and now used in 15 states to improve school readiness. She also directed the NSF-funded Girls RISEnet National Museum Network, which helped informal educators connect minority girls to careers in science and engineering.
Prior to joining Frost Science, Juárez held positions as a bilingual educator, curriculum developer, and technology trainer in the U.S. and México. She has also worked as a writer, penning the “Children and the Cultural Arts” column for South Florida Parenting, and authoring several books, including “Places to Go with Children in Miami and South Florida,” and writing for the PBS children’s television series “Newton’s Apple.”
Born in Honolulu, she attended Occidental College, studied abroad at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish letters from the University of California. Juárez went on to achieve a Master of Education degree focused on bilingual/technology educations from Texas A&M.