Passionate about designing powerful educational programs for children, Vaibhavi is excited about Camp Imagineerz. While she enjoyed her 10 years with Saba Software leading their corporate education strategy, Vaibhavi has the most fun making Camp Imagineerz a magical place for children. Previously, she has experience as a research assistant with the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning. She also conceived of and is currently leading an innovative after-school program PACT PALS (www.pactpals.org) for Stevenson PACT school in Mountain View. As a mother of 2, she thrives on studying how children grow and learn.
She has a Masters in Education from Stanford and degrees in Computer Engineering and Business Administration from Mumbai University.
Is he real? Is he a figment of your imagination? Who knows. He is rumored to live somewhere on the edge of dimensions near the the top of the world where the sky whales fly. His hobbies include flying, developing his superpowers, and studying magic. He has a tendency to appear where there is fun and sometimes plays with Imagineerz.
A California native, Andre grew up in Yuba City and went to California State University, Long Beach for college, where he studied theatre. After graduation, Andre began substitute teaching to support his dream of working as an actor, writer, and director. Now, Andre starts his second year as Camp Director at Camp Imagineerz. He is also in charge of script design and video production of the “Imagineerz at School” program. Andre’s experience as an actor lends itself well to starring in the quirky educational videos.”
Andre studied theatre at California State University, Long Beach.
Favorite Quote: “No matter where you go, there you are.”
Whether working with children as a teacher or with teachers as a coach, Megan is fascinated by what motivates people to not just complete a task, but to be fully engaged and passionate about their work. Megan worked as an elementary music teacher in Arkansas, and as both a teacher and teaching coach in China for three years. She is excited to share her love for performing arts, teaching, and creating with Camp Imagineerz!
Megan has a BA in Theatre Arts and a BBA in Marketing from the College of William and Mary. She is currently working on an MA in Education (Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies) at Stanford University.
Sapna believes in the lasting power of childhood experiences and memories. And in the power to positively influence those memories. Sapna’s career in market research helped tell stories with data and she is excited about extending that skill to storytelling for kids at the Imagineerz camp. She freelances for gaming companies and hopes to introduce the art of responsible gaming to her three kids. She lives in San Francisco and loves it.
Sapna’s background in education is a mixed bag of degrees in Physics, Linguistics and Management.
Working with kids since she was 12, Catherine found herself at Imagineerz doors two years ago. Since then she has worked as a Maker and Actor Camp Counselor and just recently has been added as another member of the design team! As part of Chocolate Hive, and Sunny with a chance of Chocolate, it’s easy to say Catherine loves kids, i-can, and all things sweet!
Catherine is a 2021 Senior at Skidmore college pursuing a Bachelor’s in English and Minors in both Art, and Media and Film.
“As long as there’s coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” – Walt Disney
Shaelan’s goal in life is to help strengthen the empathetic muscles that all children are born with. She’s a big believer in understanding and empathy, and strives to have a strong community in her Theatre/English classroom one day! Shaelan loves teaching i-Can! and Growth Mindset, as well as being mindful of it in her own life. She definitely uses the inhale and calm down technique daily. Being a camp counselor is a favorite part of her Summer, and she’s very excited to be on the design team! 🙂
Shaelan is currently VERY CLOSE to getting her BA in Theatre at SJSU and plans on getting her English credential soon after.
“There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.” Frank A. Clark
Nathan is passionate about discovery, building, science and everything space! He has worked for Imagineerz as a Camp Operations Manager, and as an after school instructor teaching engineering and design thinking. He continues to create, evaluate, and actively modify new curricula and lesson modules!
Nathan has a Masters of Engineering from Penn State University and a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“The true delight is in the finding out rather than the knowing.”
Janice Toben works with public and private schools across the country to promote positive school climate. She directed The Nueva School’s Social and Emotional Learning Program for twenty-seven years. On the strength of the SEL program, Nueva was recognized by the Templeton Foundation as a National School of Character and has become a Blue Ribbon School three times.
Janice facilitates professional development seminars, parent education programs and teaching institutes such as InstituteforSEL.org. She conducted educational seminars at Wheelock and Columbia Teacher’s College; designed over twenty programs with the Center for Advancement and Renewal of Educators, providing an innovative program for emotional and intellectual renewal for educators in the San Francisco School District; and presents at conferences such as NAIS and CAG. Janice appears in the video Emotional Intelligence: A New Vision for Educators (based on Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence [Bantam, 1995]) and is the author of many lessons for the early and mid-elementary grades. Janice has two grown sons.
Ben Grossman-Kahn, M.Ed is the former Education and Innovation manager at Children’s Creativity Museum and is currently an Innovation Coach and Design researcher with the Nordstrom Innovation Lab. Ben spent several years as a Project lead with the d.School K-12 Lab, bringing design thinking activities and curriculum to partner organizations including Girl Scouts, Maker Faire and the Palo Alto School district. Ben has also taught design thinking around the world, working with organizations in Taiwan including Quanta, LCY and National Taiwan University.
When not designing and brainstorming, Ben can frequently be found backpacking around the world, searching for the best dumplings in China and the coziest hostels in Eastern Europe. In a previous life, Ben was a Principal and Director of Jefunira camp and founder of Happy Campers Parties, which offered custom birthday parties and treasure hunts for children.
Ben has a B.A in Asia Studies from Pomona College and an M.Ed in Learning, Design, Technology from Stanford University.
To conduct one’s life according to the Tao, is to conduct one’s life without regrets; to realize that potential within oneself which is of benefit to all.