Hello World Team

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Sabina Bharwani
Founder

Sabina first realized the enormous influence and power of technology professionals as the Director of EdTech at Teach For America. In this role, she worked directly with engineers and UX designers to prototype, execute, and assess education technology products for teachers.

Her prior professional experiences include teaching 4th-6th grade math at a high performing charter school and coaching teachers on pedagogical and curricular practices. Sabina holds an M.P.P. from Harvard University, an M.S. in Education & Development from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in mathematical economics from Rice University.

 
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Rebecca Saxon Dey
Teacher Preparation and Parent Engagement

 As a teacher at KIPP, Rebecca is passionate about social justice and works towards providing excellent educational opportunities and choice to children growing up in underserved communities.  She believes exposure to the tech industry will open up new and critical opportunities for all students.  

Rebecca has taught Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grades at KIPP in both Washington, DC and Austin.  She has also been a teacher leader by mentoring new teachers, developing curriculum, and leading grade levels. Rebecca holds a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from American University and a B.A. in American Studies and History from Connecticut College.

 
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Dr. Jason Rosenblum
Instructional Design – Gaming and Web Development

Jason is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at St. Edward's University, where he has taught a variety of courses in digital media and game studies. He also has 20 years of experience in educational technology. His interests include impact games, teaching and learning innovation, curriculum development and sound and music design for games.

Jason holds a B.S. in Microbiology from TAMU, an M.S. in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from UNT and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UT Austin. His doctoral studies focused on innovative applications of learning technologies, game-based learning and game audio.

 

Patrick Benfield
Makerspace Design and Facilitation

After graduating from Texas State University in 2006, Patrick began his career as a fifth grade teacher with Round Rock Independent School District. He spent this formative period refining methods in which to integrate science, math, and the arts in a manner that reflected both the beauty and complexity of the real world. His focus on these ideals pushed him to experiment with teaching practices that could transform learning within the classroom, which lead to his discovery of the Maker Movement.

As STEAM Director for St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, Patrick has been collaborating with other educators within the maker community and is implementing his STEAM by Design program within his home campus. When he’s not working with students, he spends his time as a professional musician, tinkering with a vintage Hammond B3 organ, and learning how to program interactive fiction computer games.    

 
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Danielle Wilson Burnett
C0-Founder

Danielle taught business, multimedia and computer science courses for three years at a New Tech high school in rural Arkansas. She is passionate about empowering girls to feel included and successful as makers and creators, and continues to work toward improving diversity in STEM.

While teaching in Arkansas, Danielle piloted the frameworks and projects for “Developing Mobile Applications”, a STEM program of study for the Arkansas Department of Career Education. She currently writes game development and computer science curriculum for an EdTech company in Austin. Danielle holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and B.J. in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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Dr. Deepika Sangam
Program Impact and Evaluation

Deepika is a STEM educator, researcher, and an engineer passionate about access and equity in education. Deepika is a Director at STEMed Labs, an Austin-based non-profit that provides STEM educational programs for K-12 students. She also serves on the STEMed Labs board and manages the Student Ambassador program.

Deepika holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, M.S. from University of Maryland, College Park and a B.S. from Mysore University, India, all in Electrical Engineering. As an education researcher, Deepika’s work has focused on developing tools to help instructors and textbook authors better serve the learning needs of students.

 
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Will Nash
Technology Systems Integration

Will is a lover of all things technology and has focused his career on bringing innovative, customer-centric products and services to market. In his previous role as a Product Manager at Dell, he showcased his passion for EdTech by launching Google Chromebooks and helped Dell become #1 in the education market.    

Will has prior experience working at IBM, Delta Airlines and Masco Corporation in roles in Marketing, Product Management, Strategy and Sales. He is currently a Digital Marketing Manager and MBA recruiter at Dell. Will holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.  

 

Brett Cullen
Program Operations

Brett is currently a Project Controller at Deloitte Consulting, where she manages financials and engagement economics for local Austin clients. Brett's role is aligned to her passion for the quantitative and analytical side of business, but more importantly, allows her to practice mathematics everyday.

Prior to her role with Deloitte, Brett was a Teach For America Corps Member and taught middle school mathematics at a small charter school in Dallas, Texas. After leaving the classroom, Brett managed customer service and office operations at an EdTech company focused on providing approachable and interesting math lessons to teachers nationwide. Brett has an M. Ed. in Secondary Mathematics from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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