Our Team

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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Oscar Madrigal


A one-time student of the Watts Towers Arts Center, Oscar has spent a career working in the nonprofit sector, being driven by a desire to help people and serve his community. A graduate of UCLA with a degree in English, Oscar has put his writing talents to use in technical...

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Ari Schneider

Vice President

Ari Schneider is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and has a (BA) Hons from The Guildford School of Acting in England. He has been a cast member of the all-ages improv review The Really Awesome Improv Show (Voted Best Kid’s Comedy Show) at The Second City in Hollywood...

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Kyle Smith

Legal Consultant

Kyle R. Smith is an attorney based in San Francisco specializing in the representation of business entities and nonprofit organizations. Since 2010 he has worked with California YMCA Youth and Government to educate high school students about the law through mock trials....

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Malcom Moore

Music Therapist/Behaviorist

Malcolm Moore is the K-4 Music Teacher at Larchmont Charter Hollygrove in Hollywood, CA. With over 20 years combined teaching music public and privately, serving various organizations as a Behaviorist (all ages from youth to senior), and also as a professional recording and performing artist, Malcolm has devoted his life...

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