MINDY AHRENS

Professional Learning Leader / 

Curriculum Designer

Mindy designs meaningful and relevant learning experiences with students in elementary and middle school grades. She has a passion for blending together Design Thinking, Personalization and Project Based Learning to create hands-on, engaging projects that connect students to the world outside the classroom. 

 

Mindy has taught in various grades, school environments and locations from rural Northern California to urban San Diego for the past 17 years. She studied Project Based Learning techniques in depth and earned a M.Ed. degree in teacher leadership from the High Tech High charter school organization This is where she first became interested in the Design Thinking method and began to focus her teaching on the 21st century skills of communicationcollaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. She was part of the founding staff of an innovative public school in Poway School DistrictDesign39Campus, which has a Design Thinking and Personalization focus.

 

Mindy and her students participate in Maker Fairs, learning conferences and public exhibitions often in order to share their work and educational philosophy with the world.

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