Stephanie Burns

National Faculty

Stephanie’s professional path has served at the intersection of education, social justice and human potential for the past 20 years and counting. Exploring the beaches of Cape Cod at an early age sparked her love of learning and exploration, and as an intern at the New England Aquarium and later at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, she was introduced to the value of project-based, experiential learning. That discovery of hands-on, hearts-on and minds-on pedagogies continued during her 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she directed and developed programs at several educational initiatives, including aboard a 90-foot marine research vessel and The JASON Expedition, an inquiry-based program devoted to STEM. During her decade-long career at Galileo Learning, a summer innovation program, she authored curriculum, hired, trained, and coached hundreds of seasoned and aspiring educators, and introduced thousands of students to an innovation process and pedagogy based on the Stanford d.school Design Thinking model. In the five years she spent on O’ahu, she worked with Kupu, a Hawaiian nonprofit service organization, designing, launching and managing a Sustainability Internship Program in partnership with Kamehameha Schools. A lifelong learner, educator, and facilitator, Stephanie is now in Washington state, serving as Education Director for Salish Sea Expeditions, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for learners to engage in boat-based, authentic science research. With every opportunity, Stephanie continues to learn and grow, especially from those inevitable #marvelousmistakes. As importantly, she believes that in order to engage and educate, embracing an individual’s strengths and elevating both their mind and spirit is an integral part of the learning process. From there, anything is possible.