Our staff are committed education specialists and dedicated change-makers.

Haewon Baik

Director of Program Operations and Communications

What I do: Obsess over who we are, who we serve, and how best to serve them.

I’m #Educurious because… I firmly believe that education is the answer to many of the questions we have as a global community; there's a great deal of opportunity, Educurious knows it, and we're after it.

Favorite part of school: Red pencils, belonging and longing to be, getting my questions answered, generating questions, and learning all the beautiful ways to communicate what's inside.

Music I listen to: My favorite genre: Dark New Wave

Superpower: Identifying 'the point'

Favorite place in Seattle: Anywhere Seattle is.

When not at Educurious, I: Plot to change the world with a few well-grounded friends.

Previous work highlight: Operations maven at corporations large and small.

Education: Master's in Teaching, B.A. English Literature, and Project Management Certification, University of Washington

Josie Brogan

Director of Human Resources and Operations

What I do: Connect the dots across all areas of Educurious

I’m #Educurious because… It's never too late to learn

Favorite part of school: Art and rocking the drill team after school

Favorite book: Crime Thrillers a la John Grisham

Superpower: Cooking a meal full of love to bring together family and friends

Favorite place in Seattle: Pike Place Market – especially the flower booths

When not at Educurious, I: Test new recipes, kayak, and enjoy water views

Previous work highlight: Making Nordstrom print materials dazzle

Education: Studied business at Western Washington University

Diane Buckley

Finance Manager

What I do: Accounting and Finance

I’m #Educurious because… Believe in the power of education

Favorite part of school: Chemistry and English Lit

Music I listen to: Anything live from classic to contemporary

Superpower: Seeing both the forest and the trees

Favorite place in Seattle: Burgermaster

When not at Educurious, I: Travel, hike or dine with friends

Previous work highlight: Meeting glass artists from around the world at Pilchuck Glass School

Education: BA in Business from U of W

Chris Carter

Humanities Manager

What I do: Support educators and organizations in designing and implementing project-based learning in humanities classrooms and contexts.

I'm Educurious because... I believe students can be their best selves at school when teachers have what they need to lead transformative learning experiences.

Favorite part of school: After school activities like track and cross country

Music I listen to: Bluegrass

Superpower: Ironing clothes

Favorite place in Seattle: Just about any local sandwich shop

When not at Educurious I like to: Trail run, rock climb, mountain bike, and paddle board

Previous work highlight: Co-designing a social studies social justice curriculum with teachers and experts

Education: M.A., in Organizational Leadership (i.e. principal licensure); B.A., Political Science and Sociology

Jane Chadsey

CEO


What I do: Lead the curriculum and professional learning team, and work with school and district leaders to bring learning alive

I'm Educurious because... We’re on the edge of new pedagogy that prepares young people for their future rather than our past

Favorite part of school: Hanging out with the teacher

Superpower: My friends and family

Favorite place in Seattle: Out in the sun and close to the water

Previous work highlight: My most impactful experience was my 21 years as a teacher in Seattle Public Schools

Education: B.A., University of Washington; M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Seattle Pacific University

Adrienne Dickinson

Senior Designer, Professional Learning


What I do: Design engaging project-based learning curriculum for social studies

I’m #Educurious because… Learning should be empowering!

Favorite part of school: Anytime I got to get active with my learning

Music I listen to: I'm a sucker for pop summer anthems

Superpower: Knowing the lyrics to any song

Favorite place in Seattle: Anywhere I can watch the sunset over Puget Sound

When not at Educurious, I: Embarrass my children with my dance moves

Previous work highlight: Teaching in a phenomenal community of learners!

Education: B.S., Political Science, Santa Clara University; Masters in Teaching, Seattle University

Alex Goodell

Director of Partnerships

What I do: Design novel project-based learning experiences and corresponding professional development, and build and maintain meaningful partnerships with schools and districts.

I’m #Educurious because… Learning should change lives!

Favorite part of school was... Having terrific teachers!

Favorite book: The Giving Tree

Music I listen to: Reggae, downtempo, 80's, funk, pop, hip-hop, Latin, soul, house, jazz.

Superpower: Adaptability

Favorite place in Seattle: Magnuson Park

When not at Educurious, I: Get outside!

Previous work highlight: Working in various capacities at UW (research, educational leadership, teaching)

Education: Universtity of Washington, PhD. Learning Sciences

Kristina Hawley

Copy Editor

What I do: I help keep readers' attention on our epic ideas, not our epic typos.

I’m #Educurious because… I believe that words can inspire; knowledge can empower; and curriculum that motivates students to ask questions, challenge old ideas, and think critically can change the world.

Favorite part of school was... Singing in choir and with my cappella group

Music I listen to: Folk and indie rock, with a particular appreciation for the acoustic variety

Superpower: Relentless resourcefulness

Favorite place in Seattle: Mox Boarding House

When not at Educurious, I: Play with my toddler, bake, read, or cuddle one of my five pets

Previous work highlight: Working as a skincare consultant and trainer.

Education: Haverford College, B.A. in Psychology; University of Washington, Certificate in Editing

Elaine Klein

STEM Manager

What I do: Make STEM fun, engaging, accessible, and relevant, in order to transform youths' possible futures.

I’m #Educurious because… I believe developing strong curriculum and relationships with educators and students are powerful forces to change the world.

Favorite part of school: Reading & Drama

Music I listen to: Anything with a good beat or twang

Superpower: Bringing out the strengths of others

Favorite place in Seattle: Carkeek Park

When not at Educurious, I: Cook, Hike, Live Music

Previous work highlight: Studying lizard genetics on South Pacific tropical islands

Education: Ph.D. Learning Sciences & Human Development, M.S. Evolutionary Biology, B.A. Ecology

Blake Konrady

Senior Partner Relations Associate


What I do: Support youth, employer, and expert facing programs

I’m #Educurious because… I care about opening doors for the young people of all communities

Favorite book: Falling Upwards

Music I listen to: 80s, hip-hop, country, classical, jazz

Superpower: Empathy

Favorite place in Seattle: University of Washington Campus

When not at Educurious, I: Spend time with my wife and young son outdoors

Previous work highlight: Being recognized as partner of the year by the National Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation for work supporting the Microsoft Autism Hiring Program

Education: M.Ed., University of Washington. Go Dawgs!

Nathanie Lee

Senior Designer, Curriculum

What I do: Align theory to practice to make learning engaging and meaningful for students, and work with teachers to help them bring their ideas to life in the classroom!

I’m #Educurious because… Authentic and relavent curriculum needs to empower students to be agents in their own learning and to become changemakers

Facorite part of school was... Guest teachers and field trips!

Music I listen to: Depends on my mood: R&B, soul, jazz, classical, mostly indie rock

Superpower: Building relationships with students

Favorite place in Seattle: Discovery Park or anywhere I can hike and get fresh air

When not at Educurious, I: Run, cycle, read, be with family

Previous work highlight: Being an elementary school teacher and supporting preservice and novice teachers of color at UW.

Education: Ph.D in Learning Sciences and Human Development

Veronica Cassone McGowan

Curriculum Designer and Professional Learning Specialist

What I do: Design authentic STEM learning opportunities for students in partnership with teachers.

I’m #Educurious because… Creating and sharing curriculum is a way to start larger conversations about teaching and learning across settings, especially with reference to broadening participation in STEM.

Favorite part of school: Field trips

Music I listen to: KEXP & KBCS

Superpower: Turning kids into scientists

Favorite place in Seattle: Washington Park Arboretum

When not at Educurious, I: Garden, Cook, Run & Yoga

Previous work highlight: Sea Turtle and Widlife Biologist

Education: Ph.D. Learning Sciences & Human Development, M.S. Biology, B.A. Political Science

Sara Nachtigal

Director of Teaching and Learning


What I do: Bring together teachers and professionals to design learning experiences that connect students to the world around them

Favorite part of school: Travel opportunities

Favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Music I listen to: KEXP and KCRW

Superpower: Functioning without much sleep

Favorite place in Seattle: Seward Park’s trails

When not at Educurious, I: Hike, bike, or backpack

Previous work highlight: Knowledge in Action research project at University of Washington

Education: Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction; M.A. in Teaching (secondary ELA); B.S., Literature & Creative Writing

Erik Robinson

Technology Specialist


What I do: I make sure all things technology run smoothly and, if they aren't, I find a way

I’m #Educurious because… I'm never done learning

Favorite part of school: Math and biology

Music I listen to: Some of my favorites are ska/punk, hip hop, dubstep, and reggae

Superpower: Making your computer do what you want it to do

Favorite place in Seattle: Bhy Kracke Park

When not at Educurious, I: Produce music, video games, and bake

Previous work highlight: Game tester at Nintendo

Education: Web development certificate

Samson

Office Dog Extraordinaire

What I do: Keep team morale high and loudly greet visitors to the office

I’m #Educurious because… I want to get my nose into everything I possibly can, literally

Favorite part of school: Getting treats when I do simple tasks

Favorite book: Anything but Old Yeller

Music I listen to: Baja Men and DMX. Specifically “Who let the Dogs Out?” and “Where my Dogs at?”

Superpower: Full-body wiggling

Favorite place in Seattle: The Greenlake Dog Park

When not at Educurious, I: Get on furniture when my parents are not watching and sneak cat food.

Previous work highlight: Shaker of many hands

Education: Certification in get human attention (seeking nose nudges and paw shakes)

Shaun Taylor

Science Advisor

What I do: Write curriculum and manage our learning management system

I’m #Educurious because… I like combining technology with the best practices for learning

Favorite part of school: Marine labs at Friday Harbor

Favorite book: Evicted

Superpower: Creative art and science

Favorite place in Seattle: Piccardo Farm Pea Patch

Previous work highlight: Science Sleuths interactive video series

Education: B.S., Zoology and Teaching, University of Washington; M.Ed., Science Education and Software, Montana State

Vicki Phillips

Senior Advisor


What I do: Make sure our work is high quality, innovative, and well-known

I’m #Educurious because… I am a life-long educator and am always curious

Favorite part of school: Geometry – it fueled my love of art, architecture, and design

Music I listen to: Jazz, blues, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and dash of country

My superpower: Melding disparate talents and creating caring cultures

When not at Educurious, I: Explore new places, perspectives, and possibilities

Previous work highlight: Teacher, Superintendent, Chief State School Officer, Director of K-12 Education – World’s Largest Foundation

Education: Doctorate in international leadership and curriculum and instruction

Our board members provide invaluable ideas, perspective, and feedback.

Frank F Alvarado III

What I do: With the support of my network and my experience in banking I provide sound financial advice to move people, businesses and non-profits forward.

I’m #Educurious because… I believe curiosity and education are necessary for progress.

Favorite part of school: Math

Favorite music: Currently listening to high energy music to work out at home.

Superpower: super-glasses, they enhance my ability to see solutions from different points of view.

Favorite place in Seattle: Capitol Hill

When not at Educurious, I: Hike, read and play video games

Previous work highlight: 2019 was a stellar year and I was awarded President's Club for being a top achiever.

Education: BS Finance from Arizona State University

Janet Frohnmayer

What I do: Lead the board and work closely with our awesome CEO in Residence

I’m #Educurious because… I love its positive impact on students and teachers

Favorite part of school: Learning and student leadership

Favorite book: I’m a non-fiction geek – recent fave is So You Want To Talk About Race

Superpower: Connecting people and ideas

When not at Educurious, I: Walk with friends, travel, create art, gather people together

Current work highlight: Hiring our CEO in Residence

Previous work highlight: Eight years on the Mercer Island School Board

Education: M.B.A., B.A. in Human Biology

Carrie George

What I do: Help hire our wonderful CEO, strategize about Educurious’ future, and govern the organization

I’m #Educurious because… I want education to be engaging for all kids

Favorite part of school: Math and reading. Love the clean solutions, love the stories.

Favorite book: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Superpower: Making people comfortable

Favorite place in Seattle: The ferries

Current work highlight: Coaching brilliant women

Previous work highlight: Owning a company with my husband

Education: B.A. in Economics, Claremont McKenna College; M.B.A., Harvard Business School

Gary Plano

What I do: I am a retired educator

I’m #Educurious because… I am passionate about personalizing learning and using technology to unleash the potential in every learner

Favorite part of school: Reading stories about real people

Favorite book: The Sun Also Rises

Superpower: The Creator of the Universe

When not at Educurious, I: Take my mountain bike on a 20-mile ride

Current work highlight: The beauty of retirement is FREEDOM!

Previous work highlight: Watching the smile emerge on a learner’s face when experiencing something new

Education: Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University

June Rimmer

What I do: Independent Education Consultant, sole proprietor of 'Working on Behalf of Kids'

I’m #Educurious because… I am a strong advocate for student learning through project-based learning and technology

Favorite part of school: The music department. I used to sing and play piano, organ and violin

Music I listen to: I love all types of music

Superpower: futurism

Favorite place in Seattle: Any waterfront or place with a view of the mountains

Previous work highlight: High school teacher and principal, staff developer, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, chief academic officer, consultant, coach, and staff developer for leaders at the central office and school levels

Education: Doctorate in Leadership, curriculum & Instruction Indiana University

Julie Zunker

What I do: Focus on programs that deliver social good around the world

I’m #Educurious because… I want to contribute to the confidence of students through mentorship

Favorite part of school: Researching and writing papers

Favorite book: A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles

Superpower: I am a connector

Current work highlight: Lecturing at University Business Schools on Corporate Social Responsibility and sharing the importance of balancing social good with business impact

Previous work highlight: Working as a Field Enablement Consultant in China and India

Education: B.S., English, University of Illinois; Masters Library Information Sciences, University of Washington

We’d like to thank our founders for their vision, passion, and hard work launching Educurious, and creating an environment for learning that connects for years to come.

Stephen Arnold

For more than 20 years, Stephen has been dedicated to improving the quality of education in America. He developed several businesses in entertainment software and digital media, and served as chairman of the Educurious board of directors. He is a co-founder of Polaris Partners, and co-founder and vice chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, creators of www.edutopia.org. He serves on the boards of The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, Enlearn, Healthy Minds Innovations, and The New Mexico School for the Arts, and chairs the advisory council for The Character Lab.

Philip Bell

Phil is a professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences at the University of Washington. His research focuses on how people learn in ways that are personally relevant to them. Phil was a member of the National Research Council Committee that authored the vision in the Framework for K-12 Science Education that is being used to guide development of Next Generation Science Standards. He directs the UW Institute for Science and Mathematics Education that conducts equity-focused R&D projects in STEM education.

Michael Golden

Michael is a proven leader committed to education reform. He is Executive Director and Senior Fellow at Catalyst @ Penn GSE, the center for innovation at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, which connects people and ideas across diverse constituencies to develop innovative ways to address persistent and emerging problems in education. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Educurious, corporate vice president of Education Products Group at Microsoft Corporation, senior vice president for strategic planning and marketing at Pearson Education, and deputy secretary with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Patricia Wasley

Pat started as a high school English teacher in Perth, West Australia, and has taught in all kinds of schools. She has been a curriculum designer, a public school administrator, a university faculty member, a researcher, and a higher ed administrator. She was Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Bank Street College and of the University of Washington’s College of Education. After leaving higher ed, Pat was a founding member on teams which created Educurious and Teaching Channel. She now concentrates on projects that are likely to improve educator’s capacity to make school an exciting place to be. As a learner, Pat is trying to learn to draw.