Turning Two

Happy Birthday to The Engaging Educator!

It’s been quite a year filled with plenty of museum visits, a growing team, a slew of press recognition, and new partnerships and connections. Between the amount of traveling and number of participants, I can hardly believe the progress we’ve made in 365 days.

Here are some highlights:

  1. This spring we partnered with the Queens Museum of Art: Art Access Program to offer two pilot Improv workshops for children with Autism and their Parents, bridging our passions for museum education and building individual confidence.
  2. After debuting our philosophy of Improv(e) at TEDxCortland Talk in November 2013, we garnered over 2,000 watches on YouTube. In case you missed it, make sure to watch it!
  3. Our Improv partnership with the Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School in Manhattan started the second semester of 2014, and we are psyched to continue working with the Mather students until 2015!

In perfect birthday timing, this week I happened to speak on personal branding and starting a company to a group of New York museum educators. The Engaging Educator has taught me many valuable lessons, but my main advice is as follows: Try everything and see what sticks, always saying yes, and make sure to find a core group of supporters who will help no matter what’s at stake.

I certainly wouldn’t be celebrating two years without my incredible core. Sending one big AHHHHOUGAH to Nick Pavlik, Angelina Salgado, Shosh Torn and Gary Kramer, for believing in me and this incredible adventure.

Lastly, thank you to you (yes, you!) because with our numerous students, partners, supporters, and fans we are able to live up to our name. Whether you attended a single class, a series of workshops, shared our #museumed or #Improv articles, or found us at multiple events– AHHHHOUGAH!

This upcoming year, the Engaging Educator is saying YES, and… to an updated new look, and even more adventures! Catch us presenting at SXSWedu in Austin and running a workshop at the 2015 NAEA National Convention in New Orleans. We’re ready to spread the improving Improv effect to new audiences.

Cheers to Year 3!

–Jen Oleniczak, Founder

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