Samantha Matalone Cook has over two decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and is a dedicated mentor and lifelong learner. She has a BA in Humanities, emphasizing Medieval Culture and Archaeology, and an MAt from the George Washington Graduate School of Education and Human Development, specializing in Museum Education.
Samantha has worked with small and large organizations, including The Smithsonian. She 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 learning communities and pushed the boundaries of what learner-centered, alternative STEAM education could look like.
Samantha consistently writes about feminism, parenting, art, technology, education reform, and home/unschooling, for various publications, including GeekMom. She is an active member, speaker, and advocate of the hacker/maker and home/unschooling communities, and has been featured at many events including Maker Faire, HSC Conference, Mastermind Talks, East Bay Mini Maker Faire, The Global Education conference, AERO, and more.
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 in her Berkeley space, Rose Hill Studio. She is writing a book about creating learner-centered environments and a children’s book on historic preservation. She also finds new adventures and manages mischief every day with her three unschooling kids, and is restoring a 1926 Tudor/Storybook historic house.