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I started my professional life with roots in scientific visualization and communication, art, and design. I completed my undergraduate degree in biological and pre-medical visualization at Iowa State University and was on my way to becoming a medical animator or illustrator when I fell in love with the museum and informal education world. A summer spent as a "maker-in-residence" at the Science Center of Iowa turned into a deep curiosity about how people learn outside of school and how material and tool-rich experiences can facilitate learning. 

This curiosity has led me to many different roles from education and exhibits assistant at SCI, to educational content developer at a software company, to graduate student in Creative Technologies and Design, to "Tinkerer-in-residence" at the Tinkering Studio, to DaVinci Fellow at Atlanta International School, and onward. The journey continues as I continue to collaborate with partners in many different creative learning contexts and pursue a PhD at the ATLAS Institute, focusing on creative learning outside of school. 

I'm always looking for opportunities to connect, learn, and design with others. Please get in contact with me if you think there's a way that we can collaborate, I'd love to hear
from you.

Send me an email if you'd like to see my CV or resume

Current Residency

*In search of virtual and/or short term physical residencies for 2022/2023*

Recent Publications

Lila Finch, Celeste Moreno & R. Benjamin Shapiro (2021) Luminous Science: Teachers Designing For and Developing Transdisciplinary Thinking and Learning, Cognition and Instruction, 39:4, 512-560, DOI: 10.1080/07370008.2021.1945064

Education

M.S., Creative Technologies and Design, College of  Engineering, CU Boulder

B.A. Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration, Iowa State University

Maker Education certificate, Sonoma State University