Our staff are committed education specialists and dedicated change-makers.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Favorite book: The Soul of an Octopus
Music I listen to: Some of my favorites are ska/punk, dubstep, ABBA
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… 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)
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
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.
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… I want education to be educational and available to all
Favorite part of school: Discovering I hated algebra, but loved geometry
Favorite book: The Dreams that Stuff Is Made Of by Stephen Hawking
Music I listen to: Mostly Mozart
Favorite place in Seattle: Seattle University, Lemieux Library
When not at Educurious, I: Travel, practice Spanish
Current work highlight: Funded my third start-up!
Previous work highlight: Left investment banking in NY!
Education: Lower East Side, NYC; Harvard
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
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
I’m #Educurious because… Its tools and practices are the best I’ve seen to enable powerful learning and teaching
Favorite book: Whatever is next to my bed. Right now there are 15.
Music I listen to: Soundtracks from Hamilton and The Greatest Showman. You’d get a different answer tomorrow.
Superpower: Rising early when my brain is fresh to work
Favorite place in Seattle: Anywhere I can see (or be on) a ferry
Current work highlight: Helping teachers to learn from each other
Education: Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change
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.