Lauren Milord brings her belief that a learner’s early educational experiences can make or break their pathway to STEM to her role at DreamUp, where she focuses on expanding access to space-based educational opportunities. Prior to joining DreamUp, Lauren was Community Engagement Specialist in the Office of Engagement at Boston Public Schools where she engaged all sectors of the BPS community in conversations about district policy changes and ensured that community-based and faith-based organizations partnered successfully with BPS schools. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in International Security at Tufts University. When she’s not inspiring dreamers, you can find Lauren Irish dancing wherever a good wooden floor can be found.
Favorite astronomical body: Comet 67P
In addition to his curriculum consulting work with DreamUp, Ryan Gallagher supports teachers and pre-service teachers as a researcher and STEM instructional lead in San Diego. In this role, he coaches continuous improvement projects within K-12 schools; co-facilitates a networked improvement community focused on college, career, and civic readiness; and directs the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative. Ryan taught middle and high school from 2004 to 2017 and co-designed and facilitated a MOOC on Deeper Learning. He recently facilitated improvement workshops at the Carnegie Summit and the Deeper Learning Conference, among others. Ryan holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy from UC San Diego. He was a proud member of the Distinguished Educators Panel at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center and the California Science Expert Panel that made revisions and recommendations for California adoption of NGSS. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his kids, future astronauts Luke and Grace.
Favorite astronomical body: Ever since Spirit and Oppy sent their panorama pictures of Mars, the Red Planet has been Ryan’s favorite celestial body.
Erik has been fascinated by space his entire life and is excited to have the chance to help today’s students share this passion while learning through real space-based experiments. Erik brings his background as a mechanic and electrical engineer to the program to help run the technical side of things.
In his free time, Erik enjoys swing dancing, watersports, gardening, and spending time outside in beautiful Washington state, where he lives with his wonderful wife and three boys.
Favorite astronomical body: the Moon
Jenny Pieratt, Ph.D. is a Progressive Educator and Teacherpreneur. She was a founding staff member at High Tech High North County, a former School Development Coach at New Tech Network, and National Faculty at BIE. In 2016 Jenny became the Founder and President of CraftED — a leading voice for the “mainstream wave” of PBL implementation. With a PhD in educational philosophy, specifically PBL, Jenny prides herself on staying in the trenches with teachers and advocating for teacher support to bring HQPBL to classrooms across the U.S. Jenny is an active blogger and speaker, former teacher of grades 5-10, equity advocate, and proud small business owner. Jenny resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA with her husband and two children. You can follow her work on Twitter and Instagram.
Favorite astronomical body: Star clusters