Board of Directors

Our staff powers our mission and vision in some pretty amazing ways. We couldn’t accomplish much without their energy, dedication and talent.

Learn more about the people behind our organization.

Claudia Vargas-Vergara, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive 514-2690

Claudia got the idea for this organization after several years working with secondary science educators. She knew that many Elementary, ELA and Art educators would benefit from science experiences as well if only they had a little help and support. Before launching the organization in 2020, she received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A. Art History, certificates in Graphic and Web Design and volunteered at a juvenile detention center in Florida. Today, Claudia continues with her volunteer work, serves on our Board to offer strategic guidance and fundraising strategies.

Megan Higbee Hendrickson

Development 328-1588

Megan is a veteran teacher with classroom experiences ranging from public to private schools, and grades 1 through 7. She has created authentic learning experiences for students and recognizes the importance technology plays in students learning process. Megan strives to provide students with the skills necessary to become self-motivated learners and collaborators. In addition to her role as teacher, Megan serves as a mentor for teachers, facilitating the development of skills necessary to teach in new learning environments. Through the creation of a professional development plan for teachers, she strives to unite theory and practice during the transition into flexible classroom spaces and facilitates curriculum planning and collaboration among teachers and administrators.

Megan has a B.A. in Business administration from the University of Florida, and a M.A. in Teaching from the University of South Florida. She served as teacher-leader for the NSF funded Great American Biotic Interchange Research Experience for Teachers (GABI-RET) and Morphosource collaborating with scientists and educators from around the country. 

Sallie Corbin

Curriculum and Professional Development 325-5233

Sallie has a unique career as an educator. With a passion for the environment, she worked for many years, guiding students through the outdoors, on trails and farms teaching youth the value of connecting with the natural world inspiring in young minds a curiosity for its wonder.  She has been a classroom math and science teacher for 12 years designing and implementing a unique Project Based Learning STEAM curriculum. For the past 6 years Sallie has been at the forefront of nationalized changes in science education as a teacher, leader and mentor teacher to others. Sallie has undergraduate degrees in Geography, French and Horticulture with a Masters in Bilingual Education.