Danielle Twigg, Ed.D.

Danielle Twigg, Ed.D. is the Director of Treetop Tutoring. She is mother as well as a noted expert in early childhood education and independent schooling. Dr. Twigg is a certified teacher with a specialization in early childhood education (birth - age 8). Over the course of her career, she has taught in early childhood settings, public and private schools and as a university lecturer for undergraduate and graduate students. She has a passion for lifelong learning that is contagious! Her positive attitude and enthusiasm for education along with a sense of humor and big smile bring the best out in her students. As a mother, she understands how important it is for children to have enjoyable learning experiences.

In the early part of her teaching career, Dr. Twigg was an independent school teacher at Cranbrook Schools Brookside in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Dr. Twigg graduated with honors from Oakland University in Rochester, MI with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education (SEHS '95) and Master of Education degree in early childhood education (SEHS '99). Dr. Twigg completed her Doctor of Education degree at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland (CIL '08).

Throughout her teaching career, Dr.Twigg discovered she had many unanswered questions about education. Every day a child's actions would inspire her to ask: Why? As a result, Dr.Twigg decided to pursue her lifelong dream of living and studying in Australia. Her dissertation examined young children's experiences with their own art being displayed following Giorgi's (1989) approach to existential phenomenological psychology. Dr. Twigg gained recognition for her work in the media and also presented her research at an international education conference at Harvard University in 2011. in 2014, she was awarded the Betty L. Harrah Manuscript of the Year Award for her research on the impact off-campus student housing has on established neighborhoods.

In recent years, her research has examined young children's social, technological and economic experiences as global citizens in the Age of Technology. Dr. Twigg's research has both a national and international focus and her work has been published in high-ranking academic journals and books throughout the world. Dr. Twigg is currently engaged as an adjunct faculty member at Griffith University (Australia) and Northeastern University (Boston, MA).

In addition to her contributions to the academic world, Dr. Twigg has also worked for the Australian Government at the state and national levels as an education policy advisor and trainer. She is a member of several national and international professional organizations including: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has served on the Board of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children(MassAEYC). She is a member of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) & Early Childhood Australia (ECA). Dr. Twigg is also on the international editorial board of the International Research in Early Childhood Education (IRECE) journal out of Monash University as well as Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (CIEC) which is a highly regarded SAGE publication.

On a local level, Dr. Twigg has been a contributor on parent education with an editorial column published in the Swampscott Reporter. She is also an active parent participant in local library programs, as well.

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