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Marta Pascual Barea 
Founder ~ CEO ~ Teacher of Wonder

Marta brings +10 years of experience at the forefront of K-12 education innovation and strategy. She has wore different hats in the US school system (as educational entrepreneur, advisor of Ministers of Education, and product strategist in cutting-edge ed-tech companies), and has gained a holistic view of the educational system, its needs and gaps, its players and the most promising avenues. Click here to learn more about her professional and personal profile. 


Monica Vinuales
Business ~ Finance ~ Strategy ~ Growth 

Monica is the business and financial strategist at the School of Wonder. She is currently completing her Master of Business Administration at Columbia Business School, and has 3 years of professional experience as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. 

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Hana L.T. Hwang
Assistant Teacher & Creative Designer

Hana does the creative design of products and tools at the School of Wonder, and is an assistant teacher for the after-school program. Hana holds a Master of Arts in Art Education at Columbia University, and has also worked as art teacher for K-8 students since 2016.



The School of Wonder exists thanks to the collaborative effort of educators, artists and social innovators: 

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Nessa Norich
Theatrical Artist

Nessa is the co-founder and lead facilitator of Shine On in Schools.

Nessa is a Brooklyn-based event producer and theater artist devoted to the creation of innovative and challenging new forms of theater. Her work spans styles and mediums, including Neo-Futurism, site-specific Shakespeare, political satire, documentary theater and immersive live events.

Co-founder of Shine On in Schools with Marta Pascual-Barea (June 2016)

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Artist Collective

Brooklyn-based collective creating environments that support community. We build platforms to draw and elevate people with vast skills, ideas and creative talents. We use space to act as testing grounds for the formation of new ways of living and interacting. Focused on one motivated unit that works and plays now for a brilliant, Clear Future.

Co-creators of Spying on Humanity Adventure (October, 2017) and The Founders of School of Wonder (October, 2017) 



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Easton Smith
Experiential Artist

Easton builds experiential and immersive arts environments, games, and meditation rooms that encourage collaboration and interaction between strangers. Her work uses Play as a grounding practice that can help one discover more about ones self, the world, and others. 

Co-created PresentTimeSpace with School of Wonder for Present Present Festival, Sept 16th. 2017

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Becky Michelson

Becky loves designing and facilitating games that inspire creativity, relationship building, and learning. Just like Plato, she believes that you can, "learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation." 

Co-created PresentTimeSpace with School of Wonder for Present Present Festival, Sept 16th. 2017

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Fresh Air Collective
Daniel Avi Halper and Luke Namer
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The intent with Fresh Air Collective is to provide an accessible space in nature for creatives, entrepreneurs, and humans from all walks of life to gather to be inspired and empowered in their individual work while collaborating in groups.

Guest musical artists in the adventure of The Founders of School of Wonder (October, 2017) 

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Jonathan Lee - Subtledream
Photographer & Videographer

Jonathan is a traveling photographer and videographer with a passion for wilderness, environmental conservation, community development, permaculture, systems thinking, and sustainable food & urban systems.

Building video content for School of Wonder

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Desdemona Dallas
Photographer & Videographer

Desdemona is a multi-media storyteller, who focuses on stories that are examples of the revolution and strength of the human spirit. She is interested in alternative living and documenting those finding solutions to our current world problems.

Building video content for School of Wonder