Anneli is a PhD student in the Social Machines group working on the Playful Words team to develop child-driven and machine-guided technologies that empower children to share their voices with others, while teaching important literacy skills and fostering a love of reading and writing. Anneli’s particular interest is in storytelling and how it can empower children and engage families in supporting their children's playful learning process. To explore this, Anneli works on Learning Loops, which aims to support family engagement in children's storytelling and empower children as authors through coach-assisted networks centered around StoryBlocks.
Anneli received her BA in psychology, focusing on neuroscience, from San Diego State University and her master’s in child development, focusing on literacy learning, from Tufts University. Her work in literacy learning has been motivated by her own experiences with dyslexia. Because of this, she wants to understand how the brain learns to read and design tools to translate that research into meaningful practice with high reach for all families. She has had a lot of experience in education, working as a therapist, preschool teacher, literacy instructor, tutor, researcher, online literacy curriculum creator, and designer.
"I am currently re-learning how to make 360-degree turns on roller skates. I used to dance on roller skates when I was a child, and have recently been trying to get back into roller skating. On sunny days you can sometimes find me fumbling along the Esplanade!"