Stephanie is RAFT Colorado’s Executive Director, but the Board of Trustees has given her another title: the Dumpster Diving Diva. Stephanie is passionate about education and loves that RAFT’s business model supports teachers’ ability to teach in the way kids learn best – and preserves the environment at the same time! Launching RAFT in Colorado has drawn on her eclectic professional experience in non-profits, law, interior design, and education.
Amy, RAFT’s Educator Extraordinaire, has taught a wide range of learners in a variety of school settings. In addition to her classroom experience, Amy has a deep understanding of the educational theory behind interactive learning. Amy is warm, engaging, passionate about interactive education, and committed to teachers and extending their professional learning. She holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and is a doctoral candidate at DU’s Morgridge College of Ed.
Chris started preparing for his RAFT Wrangler job when he was a six-year-old “garage floor scientist,” gradually developing into a “MacGyver of education”! Chris has enjoyed teaching students and working with a wide variety of teachers at the Teton Science Schools, Keystone Science School, and the Thorne Nature Experience, using anything nature has to offer to spontaneously engage students in learning. Chris has a double major in Environmental, Population, and Organism Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and is a graduate of the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program.
Betsy has spent countless hours volunteering in support of students and education, assisting both teachers and administrators in their duties. An advocate for recycling and reusing materials, Betsy truly believes in hands-on learning for all students and embraces RAFT’s role in making resources widely and readily available for them. Her favorite part of working at RAFT is seeing a teacher having an “aha” moment thanks to RAFT’s activities and materials.
Nick was a para for five years, ran a before-and-after school program for four years, and has coached and worked with kids in a variety of educational settings since he was a kid himself (his mom is a teacher too!). Nick has been hanging out and helping at RAFT practically since we opened in Denver; we finally started feeling guilty about all the free work and started paying him. Nick has a gift for engaging and challenging children through hands-on learning and loves to share his enthusiasm and strategies with other teachers.