Foundry10 is led by an experienced educator named Lisa Castaneda. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and over 10 years of experience teaching in K-8 schools, as well as experience working in several other fields. Lisa created foundry10 as a place for individuals to discover and develop their unique passions, interests, and skills.
Jenna received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Washington. She has worked in marketing and healthcare for over 5 years and brings a diverse skillset to foundry10 including event planning, project management, internal marketing and community outreach. Jenna has also been dancing for over 20 years and has a fierce passion for dance and the arts. Through her experiences coaching and mentoring young people she understands the importance of providing them with opportunities in which to grow and discover their talents. Jenna is thrilled to be a part of the team at foundry10 and is continually motivated to develop unique programs for students.
Marc comes from a background of volunteering and community involvement. For over a decade he has been a part of numerous after school and summer programs for student development in the arts. He previously worked in the Software industry for over 5 years and brings a unique perspective of converging ideas of art and technology.
Marc also has a strong background in dance where he has taught and coached at numerous studios in the greater Seattle area. What first started off as a passion for dance eventually grew into a love of sharing and mentoring those around him. Using dance as a form of expression, he helps those around him cultivate a strong voice of their own.
His love for the learning process keeps him driven to find innovative ways to help students learn and grow. Marc is excited to work with foundry10 in helping find creative and artistic ways for students to find their confidence and voice.
Tom received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Washington. He has worked on everything from small local clients to large-scale and multinational businesses. In his spare time, Tom works with independent and small game developers around Seattle to help them hone their business development and marketing practices. His involvement with foundry10 began in the very early stages of the company’s growth. While initially brought in to help with marketing, Tom quickly expanded into program design and development. His own love for learning and experiences in education drive him to seek innovation and growth for foundry10 and its students.
Chelsea is an actor, singer, director, teaching artist, and creative arts program developer for foundry10. Her career in theater started on the playground at recess, writing plays and organizing a small troupe that performed for the elementary school. With silliness, sincerity, and a great deal of ‘YES, AND’ she seeks to create classroom cultures that champion student voice and promote creative risk. She’s been teaching and directing students ages 3-20 since 2011. Chelsea is a former TAD and trainer with Missoula Children’s Theater and proud graduate of the Seattle Children’s Theater Drama School apprentice program from 2013-2014. Since moving to Seattle in 2013, Chelsea has been fortunate to perform and/or teach with a majority of the professional theaters in town including Seattle Rep, 5 th Avenue theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, among others. Training: BFA in Music Theater with a concentration in leadership and directing from Elon University (2011); La Academia dell’arte in Arezzo, Italy; Howard Fine Studios in LA; LAB Company with Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY.
Sarah was born and raised in Ripon, California, a four square-mile suburban town. To keep herself occupied, she fell into various passion areas including martial arts, percussion, choir, athletics, and dance. She found that these interests in her life outside the traditional classroom setting were driving and influencing her development more than anything. At 18 years old, she ventured off to Seattle to pursue her heavy passion for dance and the arts. While performing at foundry10’s annual dance show Beyond Boundaries, Sarah was introduced to foundry10’s mission and was instantly compelled to assist a non-traditional based learning environment for students. Today at foundry10, Sarah helps facilitate the student-led internships, and is involved with hip hop dance, automotive technology, and girls’ programs.
Arabella has lived in Seattle for ten years, and before that was just a ferry ride away in Silverdale. Originally hailing from Germany, she came over with her family when she was just four years old. Arabella has been working in administration and operations since 2011 when she worked at Nintendo America in Redmond. She is passionate about video games, cooking secret family recipes, and biking. You can either find her doing one of those things in her spare time, or collecting pins from local events and shops.
Tim Han is a director, screenwriter, and cinematographer from Seattle. He graduated with a degree in CineMedia at the University of Washington. Collaborating with foundry10, Han hopes to explore the different values cinematic language can have for aspiring film students.
Dennis is a filmmaker and editor based in Seattle, WA. He is a graduate of the University of Washington’s CineMedia program, and is very excited to explore the art of visual storytelling within foundry10’s mission to better understand how students learn. From a young age, Dennis has always had the urge to create. Whether with comic books, videos games, animation, or movies, he has always sought out ways to manifest his imagination into something physical. He is fascinated with the creative process and is eager to work with foundry10’s talented team to explore the possibilities of creativity within the realm of education.
Anna received her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Scripps College where she learned that all scientific pursuits require creative thinking. She has become deeply interested in avenues where art, science and tech overlap. Additionally, she has been working with children in many different capacities for the last 10 years and has always been fascinated by the ways they think about and interact with the world. She is passionate about making arts and tech education more accessible for marginalized communities and is excited and humbled to be learning with such a dynamic team of educators, researchers and students at foundry10!
Mike is a social scientist with a broad background in people-centered research and strong interest in ethnography, cognitive psychology, group dynamics, and measurement strategy. He’s currently earning his Ph.D. in sociolinguistics from the University of Washington, focusing on language variation within an ethnically diverse public housing community in Seattle. At foundry10, Mike is excited to ask questions at the intersection of social and cognitive development, describe how people construct their own understanding of the world and their place in it, encourage creativity in the arts, and incorporate the student voice into educational research.
Sam Bindman is a research psychologist who is intrigued by the self-control, planning, and attention skills that support students’ learning beginning in early childhood and extending to high school and beyond. Sam studied Psychology at Grinnell College and earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she spearheaded innovative research using voice recorders to study parent-child conversations at home. Before coming to foundry10, Sam completed an NIH National Research Service Award post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked on two Institute for Education Sciences researcher-practitioner partnership grants at Seattle Public Schools. Sam is passionate about providing supports so that all students have equitable learning opportunities. She is particularly interested in studying how programs at foundry10 provide opportunities for students to direct their own activities and how that promotes students’ motivation, creativity, and learning.
Manrita obtained her BA/MD from Lehigh University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She did her radiology residency and fellowships in MRI research and interventional radiology at Stanford, and fellowship in pediatric radiology at Children’s Hospital Seattle. She spent many years in academic pediatric medicine before transitioning to working in the private world. She has been in a variety of volunteer and leadership positions advocating for improved pediatric health care and medical safety and quality. Experiences include co-founding the Society for Pediatric Interventional Radiology and being lead author of the public service campaign “Image Gently, Step Lightly.” Manrita finds that kids are sincere, insightful, curious, idealistic, and fascinating to talk with. She is thrilled to work with foundry10 in trying to find ways to keep that wonderful optimism and confidence alive in kids as they navigate through the educational system toward adulthood.
Joe is a research psychologist with a broad background in cognitive psychology, psychological diagnostics, and test design. He is currently earning his Ph.D. in applied psychology at the University of Vienna, Austria, investigating the development of expertise in eSports. Apart from his passion for understanding learning and skill acquisition, Joe also works as a sports psychologist and coaches a blind soccer-team. At foundry10, Joe is excited to investigate non-traditional teaching methods, delve deeper into skill acquisition in eSports and support the team on a methodological level.
Originally from near the middle-of-nowhere, Wisconsin, Alex is a senior in pursuit of a BoS in computer science at the University of Puget Sound. Alex is a mega-fan of the Studio Ghibli Japanese anime works, especially Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Pom Poko. During his time in undergrad, Alex has worked as a computer science teaching assistant for the Mathematics and Computer Science department at his university, he has studied abroad in the Indian Himalayas, and has walked ~500 miles along the Camino de Santiago Spanish pilgrimage. Some of Alex’s web development work can be found at http://opensource.eco.