CommunityShare was founded by Josh Schachter in collaboration with a passionate group of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, ecologists, nonprofit organizations, technophiles, graduate students, and community leaders. CommunityShare is a fiscally-sponsored initiative of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.
Kendall Crabbe, Project Specialist, manages CommunityShare’s Artist Residency, Seed Grant and Educator Action Council Programs. Prior to working for CommunityShare, she was the Arts Integration Specialist at Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School in the Sunnyside Unified School District. She previously worked as a Museum Educator in an arts integration multiyear partnership program between the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools called TEAM: Thinking Experiences in the Art Museum.
Jason Hansen, CTO, oversees CommunityShare’s online platform and other tech-related needs. Jason is a software engineer and full-stack developer. He has a broad multi-disciplinary background, spanning mechanical design, aerodynamics, flight controls, simulation, game development, and both enterprise and commercial web development.
Anne LaVigne, School and Community Partnerships Program Coordinator, oversees school partnerships and the implementation of professional development and other learning strategies to build a culture of community engagement and student-centered, real-world learning experiences in schools. She is an artist, author, farmer, teacher, traveler, facilitator, instructional designer, and perhaps most importantly, a learner, Anne’s worldview incorporates a multitude of perspectives. She works locally, nationally, and globally across educational and non-profit settings to increase understanding of dynamic, interdependent systems in ways that empower, engage, and motivate.
Molly Reed, Social Media Guru, manages CommunityShare’s social media communications. Molly Reed is a long-time educator and the Outdoor Learning Coordinator at Borton Magnet School in Tucson. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (ECGen) with a BA in Elementary Education and MA in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona. She is interested in connecting educators with our local community to help students be change makers and bringing the community into schools to share knowledge and provide real-world experiences to students.
Josh Schachter, CommunityShare Director, is an educator, visual storyteller and social ecologist. Josh earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he explored the role of youth-produced media in supporting personal and community transformation. Over the past 18 years he has collaborated on community-based media projects with youth, teachers, neighborhood groups, and nonprofit organizations in places ranging from New Delhi to Nigeria.
Our Key Advisors
Robin Breault, PhD is co-founder of LeadLocal, a social enterprise with experiential leadership programs for the millennial generation. Robin has been an educator for 25 years in classrooms from Pre-K to Executive MBA. She has led or coached projects from small home-grown nonprofits to national organizations, such as Microsoft, Comcast, and the IRC.
Carrie Brennan is the executive director of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, an education nonprofit focused on innovations in teaching and learning. She is a co-founder and past principal of City High School and long-time educator.
Cricket Fuller is the Project Director of Education Innovation Clusters for the non-profit Digital Promise. She is an experienced educator, project manager, and communications professional with a successful track record in strategic innovation, leadership, and problem solving. She began her teaching career in 2005 with Teach for America in New York City and later taught at the Harlem Children’s Zone and The Horace Mann School.
Stephen Gardner, is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Scientific Learning. He has worked in the edtech space for over 25 years.
Brett Goble is a National Board Certified teacher in Social Studies/History and co-founder and principal of City High School. Brett is a national facilitator for the School Reform Initiative.
Brooke McDonald is a millennial entrepreneur and co-founder of Leadlocal. After graduating from UA in 2009, Brooke began her career path with the Tucson Medical Center Foundation, where she led major fundraising events, raising more than $1.49 million.
Ben Reynwar, PhD is a software developer who develops web applications, plays with software-defined radios and contributes to open-source software projects.
Our Educator Action Council
Krista Gypton is a high school English teacher at City High School. Krista has been teaching for 17 years and believes that the world is the best textbook. Krista has received many awards for her work, both in and out of the classroom. These include the 2005 Circle K Teacher of the Year, 2008 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence and the 2008 Crystal Apple Award. Krista believes that the best learning experiences happen when educational concepts are connected to something real, relevant and hopefully outside.
Taylor Johnson teaches humanities at City High School. She has been teaching English for over 11 years in school districts throughout Tucson.
Kathy Lohse is the Project-Based Learning Support Teacher at Borton K-5 Magnet School and a 36-year veteran teacher.
Amber Merchant is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Hollinger K-8 School.
Marcus Whitaker teaches humanities at Paulo Freire Freedom School, a project-based learning middle school. He has facilitated project-based learning in the UK, Malawi, Senegal, Uganda, and India. He Previously, he taught at Utterback Middle School and Civano Community School.