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  • About Samantha

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    Samantha Matalone Cook has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and is a dedicated mentor and lifelong learner. She has a BA in Humanities, with an emphasis in Medieval History and Archaeology, and an MaT from the George Washington Graduate School of Education and Human Development, specializing in Museum and Non Profit Education. As an educator, Samantha has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian.

    Samantha consistently writes about history and the humanities, feminism, mythology, human development and learning, and alternative education and educational reform for various publications. She is an active speaker and advocate, featured at many events including Maker Faire, HSC Conference, Mastermind Talks, East Bay Mini Maker Faire, The Global Education conference, AERO, SEA and more. Samantha is a founder and advisor of Mothership Hackermoms, an organization in Berkeley that gives new mothers creative support and provides child care. She is founder and former ED for Curiosity Hacked, a non-profit hackerspace for kids and families, where she built international learning communities and pushed the boundaries of what learner-centered, alternative STEAM education could look like. She is a consultant and advisory board member for Home Base, a community education center for home educating families, and an advisor and consultant for SEA, and international advocacy group for secular, academic education.

    Currently, Samantha is working on a consulting basis with both families and organizations, leading educator workshops, as well as continuing to experiment with learning through classes and workshops. She has been teaching dynamic, project-based classes on History and the Humanities for many years, and continues to expand how her favorite subject can be used as a catalyst for understanding, expression, and intersectionality. In addition, Samantha is writing book two books: one on Project Based Learning and one on Ancient History, which is the first of a four part series for Pandia Press’ History Odyssey. She also finds new adventures and manages mischief every day with her three home educated kids in their mountain home.