Andrea has 24 years in education with over a decade in personalized, competency-based learning, and is fueled by her passion for equity-centered transformational design and learner-driven experiences. She is Learning Couture’s product developer. Andrea is also the director of The Center in Iowa and supports schools/districts, education service/state agencies, and higher education with shifts to learner-centered models, and shares her learning via national conferences, cross-state partnerships, and consultation. She served on the Iowa Department of Education’s CBE Task Force, Collaborative, and Design Team where she led the state’s competency design/assessment process. Andrea also served on the Midwest Comprehensive Center’s Cross-State CBE Consortium where she co-created micro-credential quality criteria/tools, and contributed to multiple TAGs for the Aurora Institute’s National 2017 Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education. Andrea holds a B.A. in English Education from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from Morningside College, and an Ed.S. in Education Leadership from Drake University. In her free time, Andrea enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
Blaine Garrett seeks companies and projects that impact the world from a human-centered perspective. He has experience with his own entrepreneurial venture and as a senior software engineer, lead engineer/architect, and development manager. He has launched MVPs, conducted customer discovery partnerships, recruited, hired, and managed software engineers. Blaine has practiced a “customer first” design approach leveraging extensive analytics data, and customer interviews as part of story mapping and ideation.
Jesse received his Bachelor and Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Iowa. He has worked in various roles as a software engineer for over five years. At Learning Couture, Jesse is the software engineer supporting backend development. In his free time, Jesse likes to play board games and disc golf, enjoy the great outdoors, go fishing and biking, and spend time with his friends and family.
I’m a web designer, front end developer, and artist living in Minneapolis, MN. I received my A.A.S. in Web Design from Minneapolis College. I’ve been creating uplifting and playful work throughout my artistic career. My web design practice is strongly influenced by my passion for creating fine art. I enjoy learning and continually enhancing my skills as a web designer. I also enjoy collaborating with others to develop new concepts and ideas. I look forward to seeing how technology will inspire art in the future.
Casey received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from SUNY Oswego in 2020 and is currently in the Mathematics Ph.D. program at the University of Iowa. Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, she participated in the Inmas internship program to learn Python, data visualization, machine learning, about mathematics jobs in industry, and much more. Through this program, Casey joined the Learning Couture team where she will work on data visualizations and gain experience working with mathematics in the education technology industry. Some of Casey’s hobbies include sports, wildlife, and portrait photography as well as traveling, hanging out with friends, and visiting her family in New Jersey.