Dr. Ellie Honardoost, a science educator, Organization Development Practitioner and Change Management Specialist, is passionate about STEM education. She started her career as a Biochemist and transitioned to teaching over 17 years ago. She has been a science teacher who has worked in traditional and non-traditional (Project Based) systems. She has developed and implemented a variety of STEM programs, and now as a coach and consultant is helping teachers and administrators use Project Based Learning to bring context and relevance to their curriculum. She believes that early engagement is the key to help children develop their passions and skills to become resilient critical thinkers and problem solvers. Establishing InnovEd is her way of making quality STEM education accessible to all families. She is committed to continue to provide children with unique experiences that will contribute to their future readiness, and their ability to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
Jacob Joaquin started learning computer programming in the early 1980s on a BASIC cartridge for the Atari 400. During the pre-World Wide Web era, he hosted his own electronic Bulletin Board System specializing in file-trading original music. He received a Music Synthesis Degree from Berklee College of music, and a Master’s Degree in Composition: New Media from the California Institute of the Arts. As a computer programmer he has worked for Blip and as an independent contractor for MakerBot Industries. Jacob is an active participant in the Maker Movement being a founding member of two Hackerspaces: Hack Rock City, an international collaborative of artists and makers, and Fresno Ideaworks, a local community makerspace. Today, Jacob is focusing on curriculum development for interdisciplinary, conceptually-based units that integrate traditional literacies with the emerging tech literacies of coding, software development and computer science. He is passionate about designing educational experiences and creating communities centering around sharing knowledge in the high hopes of promoting a positive culture of learning.