OUR MAKERS

Meet Our Makers 2017-12-15T16:27:17+00:00
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.

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.

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.

Samantha Lilly
Samantha Lilly

Samantha is a designer from the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoys to experiment with all kinds of mediums while her true passion lies in soft goods and clothing design. She designs to create, connect, and communicate with the world. She’s deeply inspired by the beauty of nature, along with simplistic, organic, and flowing forms. In order to bring these sentiments to life, she utilizes textures and layers to create a variety of tones that appeal to the senses and add to the experience as a whole.

Samantha holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Design and Apparel Design from Appalachian State University. She’s showcased her prized hand fabricated laminate chair ‘Blossom’ at ICFF in NYC and has worked on various industrial engineering projects for Starbucks Reserve bars across the country. When she’s not at MindCraft, she’s usually working on her clothing line, grooving with friends at live music events, or enjoying the fresh air on the slopes.
Mark Ernst
Mark Ernst

Mark has had to wear many hats, from cabinetry making to automotive repair. As a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado, with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, Mark looks forward to partaking in the ever-growing interaction of people with disciplines from furniture design to exhibit design and toy design, emphasizing that human factors play a vital role. 

Classroom experience and side projects in Rapid Prototyping and various manufacturing techniques, Mark hopes to share the basics of a good design with hands-on experience.

Mark is an avid car enthusiast, aspiring airbrush artist, graphic artist, vexillologist (study of flags), scale model maker, and enjoys road trips with a thirst for knowledge in a wide range of topics.

Hans Gaensbauer
Hans Gaensbauer

Hans is an E​ast ​H​igh ​S​chool student with interests in biotech, chemistry, and computer science. He enjoys language​s​ and science, and any engineering problem he might be working on​ at the moment. He thinks making is the most efficient way so solve problems, and that there is nothing as satisfying or rewarding as a ​problem solved.

James Elofson
James Elofson

James is finishing up his junior year at Northfield High School where his favorite subjects are engineering and Mandarin Chinese. He spends his free time reading Japanese manga, and building things like an aluminum forge, a CNC machine, and various engineering projects. An interesting fact about James is that he lived on three continents before he was 14 months old (Pusan, South Korea to Brooklyn, New York to Paris, France)

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