Hi! I'm Stephanie, the founder of Crea Community + Consulting. Crea is the coalescing of my experience as a student, teacher, education consultant, & curriculum writer. In fact, I think it has been in the works since 3rd grade when my teacher put a box around my desk to keep me from staring out the window! That was the beginning of my very fraught relationship with school, one that I've been unraveling every since.
My story is both unique and common. It's the story of a creative, smart, and capable kid whose experience in school made her believe the opposite. What's different about my story is that it compelled me to teach, and to teach in ways that value every child for the unique gifts that they possess. I believe that every child is a creative, curious, and passionate learner, with limitless potential that too often goes untapped in traditional school systems.
This belief motivated my thesis in grad school, where I developed a workshop in collaboration with an Austin, TX elementary school that cultivated kids' innate creativity. Kids made video games, launched businesses, and one group organized a social movement! Through the creative process, kids deepened their creative capacity & began to discover interests, skills, talents, & curiosities they hadn't uncovered before. This was the beginning of CREA.
CREA is the program I wish I had as a kid. It’s the program I wish my former students had, that I want my own children to have, and that I've infused into my work since I entered the education sector.