Our Team

Annemarie Hindman, Ph.D.

Annemarie Hindman directs the DEEL Fellowship. She is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Early Childhood Education at Temple University.  She also coordinates the Early and Elementary Teacher Education program (PreK-4th grade certification) at Temple.

Annemarie started her career in Head Start, in the classroom and later as a coach. Today, she studies how young children build foundational skills, including language, literacy, and social competence, throughout the first years of life and the transition to formal schooling. Much of her work focuses on professional development in ECE. Her work is conducted in communities in poverty, including participants in Head Start programs.

Annemarie earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, as well as a master’s degree in developmental psychology and a Ph.D. in education and psychology from the University of Michigan.

Armando Estrada, Ph.D.

Armando Estrada oversees the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) component of the DEEL Fellowship. He is an associate professor of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies at Temple University.

Armando’s research expertise centers on the assessment of job attitudes and behaviors; training development and evaluation; and strategic planning and assessment. He examines factors influencing leadership, teamwork and performance with particular focus on cohesion, readiness, resilience and effectiveness of collectives in civilian and military organizations. He also focuses on factors influencing the diversity, inclusion and engagement with particular focus on women and minorities in civilian and military organizations.

Armando’s research has been supported by various sources, including the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (OUSD P&R); Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity (OUSD-EO); Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS); and the US Department of the Interior. He has also served as editor in chief for Military Psychology and president of the Society for Military Psychology.

Christa Hunter, M. Ed.

Christa Hunter is the Director of Professional Experiences in the College of Education at Temple University, where she cultivates and strengthens relationships with community partners.

Christa began her career in preschool classrooms while serving with Jumpstart for Young Children. She now oversees the operations of the Office of Field Placement and Professional Experiences in service of high-quality field-based learning and career preparation of students serving children and adults of all ages.

Christa earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Temple University. Christa also served as a fellow in the inaugural cohort of OCDEL’s Early Learning Policy Fellowship. 

Emily Garcia, M. Ed.

Emily Garcia is the Senior Site Manager for Jumpstart Philadelphia at Temple University.

At Temple University, Emily trains and supports college students to serve preschool children in the North Philadelphia community through the implementation of Jumpstart’s language, literacy, and social-emotional programming. In addition, Emily serves as an adjunct professor for multiple departments in Temple University’s College of Education.

Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as her master’s degree in Special Education from Temple University. During the 2017-2018 program year, Emily also served as a fellow with OCDEL’s Early Learning Policy Fellowship.