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Mary Carvajal, President
Mary Carvajal has an MA in linguistics, specializing in teaching ESOL at the university level. She currently teaches part-time at Montgomery College.  Her husband is bi-lingual, and they strongly support second language learning at a young age.  Their three children have all participated in the FLES program at school, and she has acted as school coordinator for both the Science and Engineering and FLES programs.  In addition, she has served on their children’s pre-school and elementary school PTA executive boards, and is active in the middle school PTA.

Dawn Watkins-Chow

Dawn Watkins-Chow has two children attending MCPS and keeps herself busy as a scientist in the field of Genetics and Genomics. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan and undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemical Engineering from MIT. Dawn has more than 15 years of volunteer experience in numerous school and youth program settings and believes that engaging extracurricular activities are critical for developing creativity and independent thinking in our future leaders.

Karin Green, Vice-President

Karin Green is an attorney specializing in trademark law and a mother of two enthusiastic learners.    Karin graduated from Macalester College, summa cum laude, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Supreme Court Editor on The Harvard Law Review.    For over a dozen years, Karin has edited and contributed to Gilson on Trademarks, a leading treatise in the field.   She has been involved in PTAs and neighborhood organizations, and was president of the board of Big Learning, Inc., which was acquired by EPI.  Karin strongly believes that creative, after-school science and language education can help shrink the achievement gap.

Eric A. Myers, Secretary/Treasurer

Eric Myers is a Montgomery County, Maryland, native. Born in Bethesda, he was raised in Germantown. He first became active in local volunteerism and community service as young man in the Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Eric enrolled in the University of Maryland at College Park then transferred to and graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Communications. He also minored in Business Administration and Marketing Management.

Eric’s professional career began in media sales with notable firms such as CBS Radio, Citadel Communications and Comcast. In 2008, Eric’s career took a new path when he transitioned to business banking. In 2013 he accepted a position at M&T Bank. This role utilizes Eric’s strong drive to help local businesses succeed through financial stability.

Eric has been a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce since 2006 and has served a term on their Board of Directors. He currently serves as the director of club service at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club, & Secretary/Treasurer of both a local BNI chapter as well as his sons Boy Scout Troop. He has also previously served on the Montgomery County Council Grants Advisory Group as well as on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Energy and Sustainability Co-Op.

Rick Stanley

Shebra Evans

Karen Iorrio


Activity Kits

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Complete Big Learning Science & Engineering kits with curriculum and all materials included available for grades K-5. Solar Science kits still available!

To schedule a Big Learning program for a specific group, such as scouts, neighborhood pod, or church group and for school day programs for 2022-23, email fles@biglearning.org or science@biglearning.org

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Cultural Arts Showcases

Information about Fall 2022 Cultural Arts Workshops will be posted as soon as the updated catalogue is available.
Performers may reach us at CAS@biglearning.org for information about the 2022-2023 audition process or to find out how to be included in the Fall 2022 catalogue.
You may download the 2019-2020 Cultural Arts Showcases Catalog! and view performance previews from prior years.
See information for Superintendent's Committee for the Performances in MCPS
Questions? Please email CAS@biglearning.org
or call 301-326-1969