Brenda Lane
Brenda Lane

Brenda is a fourth generation educator and has spent the last 24 years as a teacher, administrator and District leader. She completed her Master’s degree with the University of Colorado at Denver in Administration, Leadership and Policy where she moved on to administration in schools overseas at the American International School of Costa Rica and in Colorado School Districts.

As a maker, she opened a stained glass shop where she spent eight years teaching stained glass, fusing, and slumping. She received her a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Arizona with a focus on sculpture.

Opening MindCraft Makerspace was a way for her to combine her passions: education and creativity.

I design the Learning Adventures that truly ignite your child’s desire to learn.

Adriana Santacoloma
Adriana Santacoloma

Adriana has spent her entire professional career (33+ years) working in schools as a teacher, administrator and school District leader. ​She is committed to the success of kids, academically, socially, and emotionally. She has worked with parents for many years answering questions they may have about their child’s education and coaching them to successful navigation of school district policy and school procedures.

She completed my Master’s degree with the University of Colorado at Denver in Administration, Leadership and Policy Studies.
Evan McCandless
Evan McCandless

Evan McCandless has been an artist for most of his life. As a child, Evan grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and eventually attended the University of Colorado in Denver, graduating with a BFA in 3D Animation and a minor in Art History.

He has always had a love of art and science, with a passion for blending the two subjects. He is proficient with 3D printers, woodworking equipment, gadgetry, crafts, painting and musical instruments of many kinds. He has many years of experience with 3D programs such as Maya, Unity, The Unreal Engine, and Zbrush. He is also proficient with Photoshop, After Effects, a bit of Illustrator and several music recording programs, such as Ableton, Logic, and ProTools.

One day, he would like to be a member of the first band to play a concert on the moon.

Molly Buttita
Molly Buttita

Molly has been a special education teacher for over 10 years. She earned her BS in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University and Master of Education in Special Education from University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly moved from Boston to Denver 8 years ago.

She currently is a K-1 teacher at a school for students with learning disabilities. She has a passion for STEM and teaches an after school coding club at her school. When she isn’t working with students, Molly can be found hiking and adventuring with her husband, two young children, and dog.
Cecilia Nelson
Cecilia Nelson

Cecilia is a native of Colorado. She Graduated from Metropolitan State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Minor in Reading. She also has a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Colorado Denver.

She Retired from Denver Public Schools in 2012 after serving the district for 24 years, teaching 5th grade most of my career and also as a math intervention teacher for 6th-8th grade. I enjoy doing activities with my family on the weekends and bowling with my husband during the week. ​Cecilia runs the exl learning lab after school ensuring that kids get their homework done right the first time and ready to hand in.

Stephanie Satler
Stephanie Satler

Stephanie is a Denver native and Denver Public Schools graduate. She attended University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified to teach children from birth to 6th grade.

Stephanie currently teaches at Denver Jewish Day School in 2nd Grade. During the summer, she works for a variety of summer camps where her passion of teaching outdoor skills and a love for nature is fulfilled. When not tutoring, she is reading, snuggling with her kitten, hiking, or kayaking​.

Eric Frickey
Eric Frickey

Eric Frickey is a 37 year old New Orleans native. He is a father of 2 boys and a girl, ages 15, 5 and 4. Eric moved to Denver 2 years ago for business opportunities. Instantly, he and his children fell in love with everything Colorado had to offer. Eric is an FAA Licensed Drone Pilot (officially termed “Remote Pilot”). He owns and operates alasdrones.com, a Denver-based full service drone company.

Eric started buying drones in 2016 as a hobby. He quickly realized it was more than a hobby as he started spending almost every waking minute reading about drones and watching videos on them. He started buying small drones and quickly moved up to bigger ones, until finally buying a professional drone. Soon after he decided to research how to pass the FAA Part 107 Airmen’s Exam. He spent countless hours researching the right sources and then learned the material on his own and passed on his first attempt.

Eric loves to teach. He knows the frustration of looking in the wrong places for answers, and he enjoys helping people find the answers to things. Eric volunteers his drone services to nonprofit farms around Denver. He creates aerial maps that assist in monitoring plant health, soil hydration and fertilizer application. He especially enjoys creating virtual 3d maps for online exploration.

When Eric isn’t with family, working, or volunteering he spends his time creating drone footage for a compilation of Colorado’s greatest tourist attractions, uploaded to YouTube for everyone to enjoy. He is now ready to share what he learned along the way to help others avoid some of the costly mistakes he made. Eric now has a wide collection of drones and enjoys helping people make the right decision on which drones to buy. Eric’s main focus is on being a great dad and an asset to the community.

One day, he would like to be a member of the first band to play a concert on the moon.

Dave Bradey
Dave Bradey

Dave has over thirty years of experience designing Integrated Circuits, Printed Circuit Boards and the software tools used by other electrical engineers to create the information technology revolution. Dave began his career developing innovative hardware solutions for Department of Defense R&D Contractors.

He helped pioneer the development of circuit synthesis and optimization technologies through multiple successful technology startups that delivered exponential productivity advancements in electrical design that fueled the information age.
Doncey Albin
Doncey Albin

Currently, Doncey is a mechanical engineering student at MSU Denver, and also working on getting a minor in mathematics. This Fall he will be transferring to CSU Fort Collins to finish his degree. After he finishes his bachelors degree, he would like to go on to get a masters in mechatronics engineering. Ultimately, he would like to work in the field of robotic prosthesis.

His personal philosophy about teaching is that any one can learn anything, but not via the same way as other have learned it. It is his goal in education to show others just how brilliant and capable they are, no matter how many tries it may take.
Curtis Singer
Curtis Singer

A mechanical design/manufacturing engineer by day, Curtis has a passion for understanding and mastering the processes used to take ideas from concept to reality. His maker interests extend beyond mechanical products and into homebrewing, cooking, robotics, and website design. With the correct set of tools, motivation, and direction, one can literally build anything he or she desires.

Hannah Stephens
Hannah Stephens

Hannah is a first grade teacher with a love of authentic, exciting learning! She believes learning is messy, silly, and that kids are the most natural learners of us all.She hopes to always inspire kids to tap into their natural curiosity and wonder, so they find the joy in learning for themselves and become lifelong learners. When she is not at school, she loves to read, hike with her husband and two dogs, try to grow something other than weeds in her garden, and explore all the fun Denver has to offer.

Nathan Bryant
Nathan Bryant

Nathan is a teacher of middle and high school technology at an APS charter. He has a passion for STEM education that extends to his own 3 children. He is also a musician who can be found most weekends playing various instruments at gigs around town. When not playing music or teaching, Nathan likes to hang with his family, cook, and work on his house.

Owen-Drone Pilot
Owen-Drone Pilot

Owen bills himself as a Renaissance Man for the modern era. He has sailed across the ocean a few times, saved a couple of lives and spent way too much quality time in the mountains. He is an Apple Computer Technician, a paramedic and recently finished a Bachelors in Public Health from the University of Colorado Denver.

The experience of fatherhood has reinforced his love for teaching. Owen lives for the “ah-ha” moment when person’s eyes light up, and their worldview expands because they understand a concept for the first time. For Owen that is the best feeling in the world.

Owen has been operating drones for the past few years. After finishing up a Bachelor degree in Public Health from UC Denver, he decided to turn that passion into a career. Owen currently runs Lofty Solutions, a drone business providing aerial media, exploration and consulting services.  (www.loftysolutionsllc.com)

Kay Monson
Kay Monson

With research, I was determined to try to make them myself, so I bought my first sewing machine. In high school, I dreamed of becoming a teacher… My first job was at a daycare when I was 16. Then 3 other day cares as I grew up. After the birth of my second child, I decided to cloth diaper.

Immediately I was hooked. I made several cloth diapers, then several quilts, nursing covers, and quickly my talents moved into anything I wanted to sew I would teach myself, then master it. I am 100% self-taught. I have started a small business where I sew for friends and family making custom gifts for their loved ones. I also have taught a few live online classes, for beginners. Since then I have taught myself to use a dye cut machine and my business has evolved from just sewing to making custom shirts, hats, cups, and wine glasses for a wide variety of people. Although I love to create, my passion has always been teaching. Sharing my passion with people of all ages brings me so much joy.

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