Maggie is The Innovation School's founder and director. With a background in business and marketing but a heart for research, inquiry, and education reform, Maggie began learning about how other states and countries challenge the traditional model of school. In 2015 she asked the question... "Why can't school look different, not just for my child, but for all children?" In 2016, she asked "How can I be the one to make these changes and create an environment based on personal growth and engagement?" And in the spring of 2017, she launched The Innovation School. Based on her research, study trips, and collaboration with other like-minded educators, she continues to learn about how to change modern education. Maggie is dedicated to designing an environment based on the whole child, where children can learn academics within context and inquiry, while also learning who they are through engagement, play, and community.
Kelsy is The Innovation School educator for our Gray Band class (ages 9-12). Kelsy was born and raised in Bismarck. She graduated from Dickinson State University with a degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Spanish and Social Science. Kelsy has earned her Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from the University of Mary. She taught at a local private school for 5 years and has enjoyed creating STEM projects and helping students see connections with learning across different subjects. Kelsy has a passion for building relationships with her students and helping each achieve individual growth. She is inspired by the Albert Einstein quote, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."