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Staff & Board

Edward M. Epstein, Ed.D., Alan J. Lee Director

Since he began as Director in 2016, Dr. Epstein has overseen the expansion of TIP, recruiting a new and diverse body of teacher fellows, seminar leaders and faculty advisory members. In 2017 he spearheaded a redesign of TIP’s visual identity and website, raising the profile of the organization and making teachers’ curriculum unit writing more accessible to the public. Dr. Epstein also initiated a partnership with Temple University to offer seminars on their campus, and developed a closer working relationship with the School District of Philadelphia. His scholarly work has investigated the historical relationship between universities and their surrounding communities, noting the ways institutions of higher education both help and hinder social progress. Previously, Mr. Epstein was Associate Director of Education and Institutional Relations at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Upon moving to Philadelphia, Mr. Epstein founded the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program, which offers studio space to West Philadelphia in exchange for service to the community.


Mary Davis, Administrative Assistant

Mary Davis administers all aspects of the TIP seminar program including recruitment, enrollment, data management, and publicity. She assists with program operations and development. She supports Fellows in the program in their quest to grow professionally, ensuring that their curriculum units are completed in a timely fashion and meet program standards. Davis also administers the day to day finances of the program. She is pursuing a degree in Business Administration and Accounting while expanding her career as an avant-garde Makeup Artist. Davis’ work as a makeup artist has been published in several magazines and has taken her to New York and London Fashion Weeks.