OUR Staff

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Aaron Bronson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

she/her

What subject was your least favorite subject in school? I didn’t like Social Studies when I was in school. 

Who influenced your education in a positive way? I was inspired by my softball coaches to apply myself in school.

Bella Bright

LEARNING GUIDE

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What was your greatest challenge in school?  My greatest challenge was focusing on subjects I found challenging. . 

What made you feel valued in school?  I felt valued when I wrote stories.

Claudia Gaeddert

LEARNING GUIDE
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What didn’t you like in school? I didn’t like writing essays when I was in school.

The moment I loved learning was visualizing how every equation creates a shape!

Erica Petersen

LEARNING GUIDE
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ERin Howland

LEARNING GUIDE
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What made you feel lost in school?  When I was in school, I felt lost when I moved and started at a new school.   

Who made you feel supported in school? A person that supported me was my Chemistry teacher.  She trusted me, which was an incredible feeling. 

GILLIAN WILCOX

LEARNING GUIDE
she/her

What was your greatest challenge in school? My greatest challenge when I was in school was finding classmates to connect with.

Share a moment where you loved learning? A moment I loved learning was dissecting a deer heart in biology. 

JEN King

LEARNING GUIDE
she/her

What made you feel lost in school? I felt lost in AP History because the questions were open-ended.

What made you feel valued in school? I felt valued when I could help others with their schoolwork. 

Jose Varela

BILINGUAL LEARNING GUIDE
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KatIe Colgate

LEARNING GUIDE
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What didn’t you like in school? I hated school because sometimes I felt super overwhelmed with too much homework.

What was the moment you loved learning? A moment I loved learning was when I first experienced my first advanced science lab.

Kate Ristow

FOUNDER | LEARNING GUIDE
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What was your least favorite subject in school? I didn’t like  math when I was in school. 

Who influenced your education in a positive way? When I became a foreign exchange student in high school it changed everything.

Leo padilla

BILINGUAL LEARNING GUIDE
he/him

What was your greatest challenge in school? Fitting in was always a challenge when I was in school. 

What was the best feedback you received from a teacher? The best feedback I ever got was “you have great potential”. 

NAOMI Runkel

PROGRAM DIRECTOR | FOUNDER
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What didn’t you like in school? I hated school because I never felt smart enough.  

What influenced your education in a positive way? My education was influenced when I was given the advice to go to class, take notes, and then read the notes.

Paul Davis

LEARNING GUIDE
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When I was in school, I felt lost in social settings.

A moment I loved learning was when my high school Physics teacher blew my mind with light reflection off non-mirrored surfaces (i.e. what is a lit room)

Regina
Vanderwyst

FLS OPERATIONS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
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I loved school because I loved reading and discussing literature.

The best feedback I ever got was that organizing my time, my assignments, and my stuff would make school infinitely easier.

SIENA POLk

FLS COORDINATOR
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What didn’t you like in school? When I was in school, I didn’t like competition. 

Who influenced your education in a positive way? My 11th grade History teacher influenced my education. 

THE Board

CANDICE STARK

Candice Stark
BOARD MEMBER

What is about The Space that you feel the most passionate about? The Space meets students where they are, creates safe relationships, and broadens the perspective of these students. We expose them to ideas and resources that ignite their curiosity and give them the confidence to move forward, both academically and in their lives.

Cecilia Giacobbi

Cecilia Giacobbi
BOARD MEMBER

What is the most important problem The Space is solving? The Space breaks down the belief system that education isn’t for everyone. Everyone’s education is different.

KATE RISTOW

Kate Ristow
SECRETARY

What is about The Space that you feel the most passionate about? I am passionate about The Space being a place where everyone can discover a love of learning. 

Leslie Kaplan

Leslie Kaplan
TREASURER

What is the most important problem The Space solves?  Creating a place where students feel like they belong.  Once they feel like it’s “their” space they are more open to learning, forming strong relationships with adult role models, and building confidence in themselves.

Lousia Moats

Louisa Moats
BOARD MEMBER

What is the most important problem The Space solves? It gives kids social, emotional, and academic help and guidance who otherwise would receive none.

Naomi Runkel

Naomi Runkel
BOARD MEMBER

What is the most important problem The Space solves? It provides students, and parents, with a place to go when they have questions about education. Even if we don’t know the answer, we can connect them with someone who does.

REGAN NELSON

Regan Nelson
PRESIDENT

Why do you choose to be on the board? I choose to be on the board for The Space because I watched how 1:1 academic support transformed my own daughter’s reading skills, and more importantly her confidence.

Tamar Dolgen

Tamar Dolgen
BOARD MEMBER

Why do you choose to be on the board? I choose to be on the board for The Space because I believe in the power of education.