WHO WE ARE &
WHAT WE DO

OUR TEAM

Peter Piccolo
Executive Director of Innovation
Peter Piccolo
Executive Director of Innovation
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Education: Southern Methodist University- Cox School of Business

Quote: Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.- Zora Neal Hurston

Meg McCormick
Director, Client Experience
Meg McCormick
Director, Client Experience
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Expertise/Education: Masters' Educational Leadership;K - 12 Principals License,British Primary Philosophy training, Expeditionary Learning, passionate about shifting the K-12 education paradigm

Susan Trickett
Director, Research and Strategy 
Susan Trickett
Director, Research and Strategy 
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Expertise/Education: Research & evaluation in education and the learning sciences. Ph.D., Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology; M.Ed., Instructional Technology/Instructional Design; B.A., M.A., English Language and Literature.
Favorite quote: "Not all who wander are lost" (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Danna Ortiz
Strategic Resources Manager
Danna Ortiz
Strategic Resources Manager
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Expertise/Education: Strategic Planning, Grants; Masters in Technology, Innovation & Education & Environmental Management; BS in Business/Finance

Favorite Innovation Read: Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis

Kelli Brown
Community Relations Manager
Kelli Brown
Community Relations Manager
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Expertise/Education:Communications, Public Relations, Project Management, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Videography, Graphic Design,| B.A. Temple University, Philadelphia PA ; MA New School, New York NY

Favorite Inspirational Quote: Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible – Francis of Assisi

Brendan Landry
Innovation Program Manager 
Brendan Landry
Innovation Program Manager 
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Expertise/Education: Program development and curriculum design,planning and project management,small business development, former pre-school teacher

Favorite Quote: "The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self." -Whitney Young

Signe Hawley
Research Partner
Signe Hawley
Research Partner
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Expertise/Education: Research MSc Child Development and Education, monitoring and evaluation, mixed-methodological approach to research, non-traditional education systems, international education,  BA Applied Science &Technology Engineering and Criminal Justice, 

Favorite Innovation Reads: Design For The Real World by Victor Papanek (1970) 

Danica Shipley
Research Partner
Danica Shipley
Research Partner
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Position: Research Partner

Expertise/Education: Consumer behavior, sales forecasting, data & analytics, diversity & inclusion. BSBA Marketing with a Minor in Computer Information Systems 

Favorite poem:
if you can’t see anything
beautiful about yourself
get a better mirror
look a little closer
stare a little longer
because there’s something
inside you
-  Shane Koyczan

George Awuor
Knowledge Manager
George Awuor
Knowledge Manager
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Expertise/Education: P.h.D - Design and Planning
Favorite Quote: You are the lens “We don’t see things as they are — we see things as we are.” Anaïs Nin

Amy Burns
Innovation Partner
Amy Burns
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education:20 years in education, K-12 Teaching Experience, PK-8 Principal Experience

Favorite Quote: "The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated
people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams."
~W. Arthur Porter

Megan Hennessy
Innovation Partner
Megan Hennessy
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education: Elementary Education, Literacy & ESL, Coaching, BA in Linguistics & Math, Passion for closing the achievement gap 
Innovation in education will impact the ultimate success of our customers - the students. We must continuously collaborate with school leaders, teachers, parents and students to build and refine the innovative systems that will create change! 

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Jacqueline Tate-Dawkins
Innovation Partner
Jacqueline Tate-Dawkins
Innovation Partner
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Position: Innovation Partner
Expertise/Education: Masters in Elementary Education, Teacher leadership, cultural competency, professional learning development and facilitation, ELA certification, adult learning 
Favorite Prototype: A few years ago, I decided to give ownership of my classroom over to my students, no teacher desk, no off limits areas... student designed, led and driven. 

Elisa Bowers
Innovation Partner 
Elisa Bowers
Innovation Partner 
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Expertise/Education: Previously a lower elementary classroom teacher for public Montessori at Denison Montessori
Favorite Quote:  "Thinking about thinking has to be a principal ingredient of any empowering practice of education." -Jerome Bruner

Laura Mitchell
Innovation Partner
Laura Mitchell
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Elementary Education, Early Literacy, Master's in Curriculum & Instruction
Favorite Prototype: I love thinking about how to creatively use space in the classroom. During my last year of teaching I worked with my students to redesign our classroom space. It was an ongoing project and we made tweaks and changes almost every week - but it was great to see my students advocating for their needs and preferences.

Richard Resendez
Innovation Partner
Richard Resendez
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education:  Educational policy analysis, comparative education, school design, instructional knowledge and evaluation, and school leadership.
Favorite: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” –Albert Einstein

Lynn Hawthorne
Innovation Partner
Lynn Hawthorne
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education:   Ed.D., Leadership for Educational Equity, University of Colorado, Denver, 2012; M.A. Spanish, Middlebury College; B.A. Spanish, Wheaton College  
Favorite quote: I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change.  I'm changing the things I cannot accept.  ~ Angela Davis.

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John Sava
Innovation Partner
John Sava
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education: Previously Middle School Science Teacher at Stanley British Primary School, K-12 Fitness and Health Teacher at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, Elementary Assistant Principal at Centennial School of EL Education and Dean of Culture at Tollgate Elementary School. 
Favorite Quote: “I become more courageous by doing the very things I needed to be courageous for – first, a little, and badly. Then, bit by bit, more and better. Being avidly – sometimes annoyingly – curious and persistent about discovering how others were doing what I wanted to do.” (Audre Lorde)

Hannah Hausman
Research Analyst
Hannah Hausman
Research Analyst
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EducationPh.D. Candidate Cognitive Psychology, MS: Cognitive Psychology, BA: Mathematics and Statistics
Favorite quote: "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
 
Rachel Wagster
Graduate Research Assistant
Rachel Wagster
Graduate Research Assistant
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Education: M.A., Counseling Psychology -  School Counselor Education Candidate; B.A., Psychology with a minor in Spanish 
Favorite quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
 
Jenna Peterson
Graduate Research Assistant
Jenna Peterson
Graduate Research Assistant
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Education: M.A. Candidate, Counseling Psychology - Couples and Family Counseling; B.A., Psychology

Favorite quote: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain 

Jenna Blakely
Graduate Research Assistant
Jenna Blakely
Graduate Research Assistant
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Education: School Psychology, PsyD Candidate; Psychology, B.S.

Favorite Quote: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." -Audrey Hepburn

Molly Baird
Graduate Research Assistant
Molly Baird
Graduate Research Assistant
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Education: Psychology PsyD candidate
Favorite quote: "Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions." -Earl Gray Stevens
 
Sophie Gullett
Graduate Research Assistant
Sophie Gullett
Graduate Research Assistant
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Position: Graduate Research Assistant
Education: School Psychology PsyD candidate, BA: Psychology
Favorite quote: "Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions." -Earl Gray Stevens

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to stimulate and support innovation across Denver, to transform learning and public education systems.

OUR VISION

We envision public education that is radically reinvented by the communities it serves, is equitable in all its practices, and empowers all learners to thrive in their chosen path.

WHO WE ARE

 

To us, education is about human rights, social justice, and is the heart and soul of our country’s future. To us, as public educators, we have made a promise to ensure ALL students succeed. To fulfill this promise – to create a reality where our schools support all students and shape a just society – we must begin doing uncommon things uncommonly well. Doing common things, even when done uncommonly well, is no longer sufficient. Creating a new reality requires new ways of thinking, acting, and learning. It requires innovation.

In the Imaginarium, we do not waste the opportunity before us on the limitations of our imaginations or our fear of failure. We empower students, teachers, leaders, community stakeholders and staff to design and launch innovative schools, learning experiences, products and services, and education policies and systems. The core principles of human centered design merged with best practices in research, strategic planning, and cultural proficiency is our unique approach to empowering community and school driven innovation. This approach is known as the Imaginarium way.

We study and share the impact of innovations on student success across DPS and the nation to fuel ongoing innovation. We support people who dare to explore creative solutions to challenging problems and see opportunities where others see walls.

 

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CREATIVITY IS PUTTING YOUR IMAGINATION TO WORK, AND IT'S PRODUCED THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS IN HUMAN CULTURE.

- KEN ROBINSON