Director of Early Childhood Education
New York Hall of Science

Janella Watson joined the New York Hall of Science as Director of Early Childhood Education in November of 2011. She works to nurture curiosity, creativity and experimentation in young children by developing new STEM-rich programs and exhibit experiences that reflect NYSCI’s Design-Make-Play philosophy. Janella has recently piloted a new program, Little Makers, that invites families with young children (ages 18 months to 6 years) to tinker, design and make together.

Watson joined NYSCI on the heels of running Make-A-Messterpiece, a company sponsored by Proctor and Gamble’s Bounty brand that aims to unlock and unleash children’s creativity by inviting them to make big messes. Before that, Watson worked for 8+ years at the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago as a Museum Educator and as Director of Marketing and Community Relations. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Education Policy from Northwestern University.

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