Our Staff

Maja Watkins

Executive Director, Lead Teacher

Maja has worked with children on many levels. Having a brother on the Autism spectrum has given Maja an understanding of how powerful communication is for ALL children. Maja’s education includes a B.A. in Child Development and she is also a graduate of The Second City where she studied improv...

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April Rasmussen, Phd

Director of Research & Curriculum

April Rasmussen, PhD is a credentialed teacher in English Language Arts and has taught everything from Advanced Placement, Literature Through Film, and English as a Second Language. Her passion is for the art of story as a tool for student growth. She holds advanced degrees in Education, Mythology and Depth-Spychology....

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Matt Rasmussen

Director of Development & Grant Writing

Matthew is from Northern California and graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2003, with a degree in Political Science. He has previously worked in both Development and Education with Bentley School in Lafayette, California. Matthew has also worked in Development for several other nonprofit organizations, including the Oakland Zoo and...

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Will Todisco

Curriculum Specialist

After receiving his B.A. in Theatre, Will toured nationally with a children’s theatre company, performing literary classics, which led him to work with students at an Improv-based summer camp for children on the Autism spectrum.  The Spotlight Program, based out of the NorthEast ARC in Danvers, MA, made the connection...

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Maya Gwynn

Creative Writing Specialist

Maya Gwynn, a Second City Conservatory graduate has been working with children in various capacities for the past ten years.   In 2013 she received her B.A in Public Relations with a concentration in Journalism from California Baptist University. Following her graduation, Maya began working for the marketing department for...

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Molly Wixson

Early Education Specialist

Molly Wixson has been working in the field of early education since 2007.  She began as a corps member for Jumpstart, an Americorps program dedicated to enriching low income preschool classrooms, and from there worked her way up to becoming a preschool teacher herself.  She has worked one-on-one with special...

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