Welcome to the Design, Build, Innovate Lab (DBi Lab)! We are excited to work with your students more this year!
A little about us, Beth and David. Beth is starting her 7th year at Redwood Day; she is the parent of two Redwood Day alums, Nick (class of 2014) and Clayton (class of 2019), and has a B.A. in Design from UCLA. Prior to falling in love with Redwood Day and teaching, Beth had a diverse career managing people and redesigning operational systems in healthcare administration and retail operations. A highlight of this was her time at Restoration Hardware, where she was the Director of Operations (employee 8!) during its initial growth and rapid expansion. Beth will teach grades 4-6 and the 8th-grade Advanced Topics section. Beth loves watching students discover, make new discoveries, and joyfully share them with others.
David is coming to the DBi after consulting with schools all over the planet in the realms of “makerspaces” and equity-centered design thinking. Before this, David taught at Lick-Wilmerding High School, East Bay School for Boys, and the Stanford School. David was born in Pasadena, CA, and moved to Oakland in 1990 for college. David will be teaching grades K-3, 7th, and 8th. David loves designing irresistible design/build curricula to bring out the designer/maker in all humans.
The focus of the DBi’s work across all grades this year is Relationships--relationships between people, between ideas, between materials, between form and function. Our approach to design and building is through relationships rather than technology because we believe building designers first in relationship with each other and their world will create healthier technologies and innovations for our future. We will definitely utilize technology to build future innovators, but it is not the driving force here.
DBi GOOGLE CLASSROOM
All class materials and resources will be found in the DBi Google Classroom. We will also be posting action shots of your students as we grow. The DBi Google Classroom is coming soon! Stay tuned
We are excited to build with your child’s creativity and ingenuity!