We have seen the transformational power of Project Based Learning and Design Thinking when connected with hands on learning and we are encouraged to see how this Maker Education movement is gaining traction in education. We have also witnessed the impressive capacity that Maker Education has for motivating students to engage with curriculum.
However, we also recognize what a tremendous challenge it can be for teachers to implement Maker Education if they don’t feel themselves to be Makers themselves. That is why we started Maker Ready – to remove barriers that prevent teachers from discovering the skills and creative confidence they need to implement a Maker Education that is equitable, accessible, and exciting.
About our Co-founders
Ana Josephson, Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning, has taught science, technology, engineering, art, and math for over fifteen years. Most recently, she implemented physics and engineering programs at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas where she is best known for renovating a 1977 Airstream into a teacher’s lounge with her 10th grade Engineering students. She has a Masters in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin and specializes in incorporating Project Based Learning across the curriculum to provide real-world experiences for students
J. E. Johnson, Director of Operations, is a master craftsman. As a faculty member at the University of Texas, he has overseen construction of more than 100 theatrical productions and he currently manages one of the nation's largest university scenic studios there. His apprentice-based approach to pedagogy has evolved from years of instructing college students, and he has adapted this approach with young students through his experience teaching the construction of functioning clocks, automata, and other marvels with the DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars and the Austin Tinkering School.