Our staff are committed education specialists and dedicated change-makers.
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
I'm #Educurious because... Learning opens doors to new possibilities
Favorite part of school: Theater class and performing on stage in plays and musicals
Music I listen to: I have an eclectic music style: 70s Yacht Rock, R&B, Tejano, Disney Soundtracks
Superpower: Making complex information engaging and exciting and building relationships
Favorite place in Seattle: Any place with a patio and good food
When not at Educurious I like to: Lay in the sun and drink iced coffee, read, grill on the patio, and play with my dogs
Previous work highlight: Designing and teaching K-8 Theater and Arts Integrated Curriculum, directing middle school musicals
Education: B.A. in Theater from University of Washington Seattle, Masters of Education from University of Washington, Tacoma, Project Management Certification (Google Coursera)
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
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
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 my teachers. I knew I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was in the second grade and have never regretted my decision to teach.
Music I listen to: I love all kinds of music from jazz, to rock to sound tracks from musicals.
Superpower: My family
Favorite place in Seattle: I love being near the water. But I also love downtown Seattle. I'm basically a city person.
When not at Educurious I like to: Travel, read, cook, garden.
Previous work highlight: I loved being a teacher. My work in Seattle Public Schools and the Director of Teaching and Learning and in the Renton School District was a highlight.
Education: BA, Sociology and Education from the U.W. MA Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University
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
I’m #Educurious because… I believe humanities curriculum can help energize students to take action in their community.
Favorite part of school was... Theater club
Music I listen to: Indie folk/rock
Superpower: Speed reading
When not at Educurious, I: Explore new towns with my dog + husband!
Previous work highlight: Writing digital identity curriculum for NYC librarians.
Education: The George Washington University
I’m #Educurious because… There is a shared commitment to innovate learning.
Favorite part of school was... The storytellers - fiction, theater, and animated teachers
Music I listen to: Soul, dub, salsa, hip hop
Superpower: To feel the world through a kaleidoscope and see the world through a Venn diagram
When not at Educurious, I: Find natural places to swim
Previous work highlight: Producing a comic book story curriculum project
Education: BA in Latin American Studies from Welseyan University; MA in Education from Pace University; PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literature from Stony Brook University
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.
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
I’m #Educurious because… I believe all students should have the opportunity to learn about what interests them and are empowered to change their community for the better.
Favorite part of school was... Any labs, activities, or projects where I got to engage my curiosity and answer the million questions in my brain!
Music I listen to: I'm a music geologist, I love all types of rock: folk, alternative, punk, classic, etc.
Superpower: Memory, but only for random trivia and where any file I've ever saved is
Favorite place in Seattle: Any natural area!
When not at Educurious, I: Trail walk with the dog, video game with the husband, tie fancy knots with yarn (crochet)
Previous work highlight: Working closely with my colleagues to design a relevant and performance based Biology curriculum using the Next Generation Science Standards
Education: M.S. in Education, option in Curriculum and Instruction; B.S. in Environmental Science, option in Applied Ecology with a minor in Biology
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
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!
I'm #Educurious because: Education sparks agency when it is authentic, dynamic, and meaningful to a diverse range of learners.
Favorite part of school: Scribes, the after-school writing club
Music I listen to: Alt folk, ambient, anything with synth
Superpower: Asking clarifying questions
Favorite place in Seattle: Ballard Locks
When not at Educurious, I: Read novels, find new ways to cook vegetables, and go to the movies
Previous work highlight: Designing and launching a peer mentoring program for new college students
Education: BA in literary arts from the Evergreen State College; MFA in creative writing from Mills College; editing certificate from UC Berkeley
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
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
I'm #Educurious because: Every student should be empowered by their education and find joy in their schoolwork
Favorite part of school: English class
Music I listen to: Instrumental covers of pop music
Superpower: Making anything look pretty
When not at Educurious, I: Play video games, knit, and spend time with my cat
Previous work highlight: Worked for Lucas Education Research as a Digital Content Specialist
Education: B.A. English from Byrn Mawr Collee, M.Phil in digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin
I'm #Educurious because: All students should have access to curriculum that is exciting, relevant, and rigorous.
Favorite part of school: Working on school projects!
Music I listen to: Anything from indie rock to jazz to Broadway musicals
Superpower: Attention to detail
Favorite place in Seattle: Swansons for the plants. Discovery Park for the views.
When not at Educurious, I: Hike, read, and spend time with family
Previous work highlight: Teaching an interdisciplinary humanities curriculum at a NYC middle school.
Education: M.A. in Secondary English Education at Teachers College; B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis at the University of Pennsylvania
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)
Our board members provide invaluable ideas, perspective, and feedback.
I’m #Educurious because… I believe in the power of education and value the creation of learning opportunities for every type of student.
Favorite part of school: World Geography. I enjoyed learning about the history and culture of other regions of the world.
Music I listen to: The 80’s (everything from Prince to Duran Duran). I also like neo-soul, funk and hip-hop.
Superpower: Brokering relationships
When not at Educurious I like: Spending time with friends outdoors and eating good food.
Previous work highlight: Being recognized by the CEO of my firm for my contributions to the community.
Education: M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University.
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
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
I’m #Educurious because… Educurious is future learning and access ready
Favorite part of school: Any class grappling with big questions from multiple perspectives
Music I listen to: California Gangsta Rap, especially from the 90's & 2000's
Superpower: I'm relentless!
Favorite place in Seattle: Golden Gardens Park
Previous work highlight: I loved being a school development coach and working with schools across the country
Education: EdD Education Leadership UW, MA Sociology, CSUF & BA English Lit CSUSB
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I’m #Educurious because… I strongly believe in project oriented group work and the power of multidisciplinary teams.
Favorite part of school: U.S. History - Ken Burns left a strong imprint on my early life.
Music I listen to: Classic rock, jazz, new wave, folk, and because of my little
one... the Moana Soundtrack
Superpower: Understanding structural relationships and conceptualizing
Favorite place in Seattle: Discovery or Jefferson Park
Previous work highlight: I've been lucky to work in a wide array of fields - agricultural vehicle development, aviation, software development, wearable tech, and AI first products.
Education: Masters of Design at the University of Washington, BS in Industrial Design at Ohio State University
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
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
I’m #Educurious because… There is no one size fits all approach to learning.
Favorite part of school: Chem lab! What's more fun that putting solutions together and seeing what happens?
Music I listen to: Can't pick just one: 80's, contemporary country, Latin, blues….
Superpower: Understanding why people have a certain perspective or belief
Favorite place in Seattle: Pike Place Market
When not at Educurious I like to: Practice jiu jitsu
Previous work highlight: Having my original research cited in major business publications
Education: BA Sociology, Harvard College; MBA, Harvard Business School
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.
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.
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 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.
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.