We have two new AmeriCorps VISTAs at the Creativity Lab; they started in the second week of August. Their first day was half-way through one of our Professional Development workshops, and it’s been full steam ahead ever since! Lighthouse is thrilled to have them here, and we hope you enjoy their contributions here on the blog.
Tobie Irvine, our new Development Coordinator, will be working to help find financial resources and inkind donations to help sustain the work of the Creativity Lab and making at Lighthouse Community Charter School. He will also will help with volunteer recruitment and outreach to the wider Bay Area community.
Having worked previously in Philadelphia as an Americorps National Service volunteer, he has traveled many a mile to the Bay area. He grew up in Louisiana and received a B.A. in Politics from Pomona College in 2012. Although new to the maker movement, he is excited to learn more about design and making as well as help the Creativity Lab promote student-driven learning at Lighthouse and the greater Bay Area.
Cissy Monroe has joined us as the Curriculum and Documentation Coordinator for the Creativity Lab. First and foremost, she will be working with teachers at Lighthouse. Her role includes helping teachers create and refine projects they can integrate into their classrooms, and offering the behind the scenes support needed to make these projects successful. Additionally, she will be documenting in-class projects to share on the blog, helping to prototype new projects, and creating new project guides for us to share.
Cissy is a Bay Area native, but spent the past 3 years in Sonoma County. She is a professional cook, and most recently worked as the Cafeteria and Garden Liaison in the Farm-to-Cafeteria program at a public school in Occidental. While there, she taught cooking classes in an outdoor kitchen with Kinder through the 5th grade, and developed a great understanding of what it takes to lead a successful hands-on project in class.
She returned to school in the Fall of last year to complete her B.A. in Environmental Studies, and from there plans to go on to receive a single-subject credential to teach High School Biology and Environmental Studies. She has been making things for most of her life; her passions include sewing, papercrafts, cooking, creating random art with whatever she has on hand, and learning constantly. This year, she’s excited to be exploring making with tech; including robotics, circuitry, and using 3D printers, laser cutters, and sensors in art that respond to various stimuli.