Meet Our Coaches

Coaches are teacher designers at the heart of The Guild. They are bold and optimistic educators here to make your ideas awesome. They guide the development of ideas, run in-person events, and lead our community towards designing innovative solutions for education’s toughest challenges.

“Get ready to be dazzled! Being a coach means I get to work with amazing educators who are bringing innovation to their craft and see opportunities where others see problems.”-- Michael Schurr

“On The Guild, we get to change education one challenge at the time.”


Paula Marra
Kindergarten Teacher

Location
New York, NY
Design Thinking Superpower
Synthesis
Connect with Paula here

“I think education needs more authenticity and commitment toward passion-driven teaching and learning.”


Maggie Powers
Technology Coach

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Design Thinking Superpower
Brainstorming
Connect with Maggie here

“To me, being a teacher-designer means looking at the world of education with endless possibilities in mind.”


Michael Schurr
3rd Grade Teacher

Location
New York, NY
Design Thinking Superpower
Prototyping
Connect with Michael here

“To me, being a teacher is being a designer.”


Jessica Lura
Director, Bullis Charter School

Location
Fremont, CA
Design Thinking Superpower
Prototyping
Connect with Jessica here

“The hardest part of designing new solutions is letting go of self-doubt and judgement.”


Ellen Deutscher
K8 Public School Teacher

Location
San Carlos, CA
Design Thinking Superpower
Empathizing & Yes and'ing
Connect with Ellen here

“I’m a part of The Guild because it gives an opportunity to connect with like-minded people.”


James Campbell
Head of Grade 9

Location
Atlanta, GA
Design Thinking Superpower
Making Connections and Empathizing
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“I love getting inspiration from others, collaborating to come up with amazing ideas.”


Donna Teuber
Director of Technology and Innovation

Location
Columbia, SC
Design Thinking Superpower
Storytelling
Connect with Donna here

“The hardest part of designing new solutions is not knowing if there’s an answer.”


Lisa Yokana
Art and Architecture, STEAM Co-chair

Location
Scarsdale, NY
Design Thinking Superpower
Brainstorming
Connect with Lisa here

“There’s power in knowing that all our challenges are actually opportunities for design.”


Erin Quinn
Learning Specialist, Design Thinking & Maker Education

Location
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Design Thinking Superpower
Empathy and Ideation
Connect with Erin here

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