NATE MARSCHALK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nate’s favorite childhood toys were his microscope, rock tumbler, and a series of terrariums (which held everything from a giant wolf spider named “Wolfy” to a garter snake named “Spike”), respectively.
Nate studied Philosophy and Biology at Mizzou, before returning to his hometown to study intellectual property law at Saint Louis University. The intersection of technology, law, and public policy, piqued his interest and Nate joined HDP as a patent attorney. Many of Nate’s clients were local startups, and decided that he wanted to be a part of the rapid growth and success of the St. Louis startup ecosystem. Nate then joined Juristat, a patent analytics startup and Arch Grant recipient, where he worked on ops, marketing, and product development, as the only patent attorney on the team.
Nate and his wife Liz, a TFA alum and the Founding School Leader of KIPP: Triumph Academy, live in and love Shaw, where they spend their time enjoying walks through Tower Grove Park with their Great Pyrenees, Mumford.
ANDREW GOODIN, CO-FOUNDER & mAKERSPACE EDUCATOR
Andrew teaches at Grand Center Arts Academy in the Makerspace, an open lab for students to maximize their creative genius. Andrew has observed that his students learn best when they create meaning for themselves. As such, each project in the Makerspace permits students to integrate their understanding of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in a project-based atmosphere.
Andrew earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University in 2008 and his M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2010. Andrew began teaching chemistry at Soldan International Studies High School as a Teach For America Corps Member, where he remained for a total of five years before joining Grand Center Arts Academy as the Makerspace Manager.
Andrew has received numerous accolades for his work with students, including the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 under 30 Award, the St. Louis Science Center Loeb Prize for Teaching Excellence, Peabody Energy Leader in Education Award, the 2011 St. Louis Public Schools High School Science Teach of the Year and Grand Prize at the 2011 Shell Science Lab Challenge.
Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Makerspace.
GREGORY HILL, CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER
Gregory liked taking things apart, playing video games, memorizing sports statistics, and eating a lot as a kid. He studied Latin American Popular Culture History at the University of Kansas from 2004-2008. From there, he began teaching Spanish in a North City St. Louis K-8 school and pursuing a Masters Degree in Foreign Language instruction for the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He finished his thesis on the role video games play in 2nd language acquisition in 2010.
As an adult, he’s interested in a much more humanistic approach to integrating pedagogy and cutting-edge technology, providing connections for people to make things, making school more like real life, and eating a lot. You can find him on twitter @mrsenorhill and on his personal blog at Medium.
ALLIE DESMET, CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER
As a kid, Allie liked acting and theatre, learning new languages, and talking a lot. She studied German and Spanish at Truman State University from 2007-2011. From there, she began teaching Spanish in the same North City St. Louis K-8 school as Gregory and quickly began looking for new and better ways to teach foreign language in a changing school environment.
She’s currently still teaching Spanish and loves integrating technology, games, singing, and making language learning authentic for her students. As an adult, she’s interested still in learning new languages and still has a love for theatre, but doesn’t like talking in front of people much, so if you ever see her speaking in public, make sure you’re nice to her. She loves people and connecting people together in community.
aNA BARRIOS, INNOVATION FELLOW
Ana teaches algebra, pre-calculus, and AP calculus at Gateway STEM High School, where she begun her teaching career with Teach For America. Her teaching philosophy is this: never give up so your students never give up, love on your students every day, and embrace your student’s identity so you can form authentic relationships. She helps mentor Gateway’s FIRST robotics team, Perpetual Chaos Team 931, by leading the team’s community service effort and fundraising programs for the team. Ana grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of San Diego. When asked what she misses the most about southern California, her response is always the beach.