Meet the Team
Alicia's work centers around progressive education, helping districts and schools to reimagine ways that will help them to serve students and families more equitably. Her work has helped to establish and maintain learner-centered school environments that emphasize constructivist pedagogy to shift education towards the needs of all learners. Alicia's areas of expertise include adult and online learning, instructional coaching, Restorative Practices, Project Based Learning, culturally relevant curriculum design, and facilitation. Alicia is based in Rochester, NY and loves the Finger Lake region, particularly in the summer. In her free time, she enjoys being with family, remodeling, and playing Kickstarter board games with her husband.
Gina Olabuenaga, Ed.D
Gina is driven by this question, “How can we make education, and learning broadly, about practicing success not reinforcing failure?” In service of this quest, her work focuses on developing effective professional learning for educators, student-centered practices, and 21st century learning in service of educational equity. She most recently oversaw the development of project-based learning content and professional learning services for teachers, leaders, and coaches at an industry-leading non-profit. When she isn’t wearing her educator hat, she enjoys learning about a new-to-her age group: toddlers. Journaling, coffee, and podcast listening are snuck in when they can be.
Kristy’s journey started in the middle school science classroom. Her passion to help and equip has led her into educational consulting where she develops and facilitates professional development for educators in the United States and internationally. Kristy’s areas of expertise include adult learning, science, STEM, constructivism, inquiry, coaching, and Project Based Learning. She believes that school should empower every learner to be successful in life. Kristy lives in Colorado with her family, and enjoys traveling (when there’s not a pandemic), biking, skiing, and convincing her family to join her on outdoor adventures.
I first met Alicia two years ago at my very first PBL training with my district. She is phenomenal with her skills and knowledge of project based learning. As an educator who has been in the classroom for 33 years and a bit set in my ways, Alicia turned my world upside down but in the very best way possible. I owe the entire redesign of my classroom to fully project based to her. Anyone that is lucky to spend time with Alicia brainstorming any aspect of PBL is going to walk away with a wealth of information. I believe that any educator that has the chance to work with Alicia is very lucky.