CreositySpace is working to inspire a generation of dreamers, inventors and innovators by connecting kids to STEM through entrepreneurship. Based in the Albany, New York and Seattle, Washington regions CreositySpace collaborates with STEM entrepreneurs and innovators to help kids tap into their natural creativity and curiosity at a time when they ask, “What do I want to do when I grow up?” Our in-school program, Book of Ideas, and hands-on activities keep STEM current, real and relatable to young minds, while our Educator Guides and accompanying videos, entrepreneur database, and young entrepreneur book series, are designed to help educators integrate STEM into all classes.
Bringing together the STEM-Degreed and the STEM-Inspired
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Peg always found science interesting, but wasn’t sure a career as a scientist or engineer was right for her. Instead, she pursued an undergraduate degree in history and a masters degree in Ukrainian history. From this she launched her career in communications and writing, focused mostly on working with engineers, scientists, and STEM entrepreneurs. The spark for CreositySpace was planted by Peg’s ever-inventing son, and has since grown into a way to connect kids and entrepreneurs to each other and their communities.
When Peg isn’t working or hanging out with family and friends, she’s working on becoming a “46er” or looking for the next article to write on women in cleantech.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, Ph.D.
With an undergraduate degree in engineering chemistry from Queen’s University in Canada, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, Kath has worked at a number of technology start-ups—from electronic paper and cement made from CO2 to new materials for batteries and fuel cells. Finally wanting to work for her own company, and change the way kids think about science and technology, she joined forces with Peg at CreositySpace.
When she isn’t working, Kath is running, biking or swimming her way through new and fun endurance races.
K-5 Curriculum Specialist, Ed.D.
Dr. Annette Venegas has devoted her career to the teaching of science. At CreositySpace, she oversees development of our comprehensive K-5 curriculum, with a particular focus on achieving NGSS alignment and adherence to the pedagogical principles of student-directed inquiry-based teaching.
An experienced former elementary teacher in California and Texas, Annette brings a specialty in science instruction, and serves teachers in the Kent School District (Kent, WA), and the wider Puget Sound region. She also is an Emeritus WA State Science Fellow and serves on the elementary advisory committee for NSTA.
In addition to her work with Kent School District, Annette worked with OSPI to develop assessment items for the WCAS, with the University of Washington Tacoma to teach sessions in PBL Design and Effective Strategies for Teaching ELL Students, and Puget Sound ESD as a facilitator for Climate Science professional learning.
Annette earned her BA (high school education) from CSULB, her elementary teaching credential from CSUSB, her MA in education (curriculum & instruction /integrated sciences) from OLLU, a doctoral degree (curriculum & instruction) from Texas A&M, and most recently National STEM certification from NISE.
Cynthia Holcom is a veteran educator with over 30 years of experience teaching at the elementary level. At CreositySpace Cynthia has guided the development of our early elementary (K-2) science units.
Cynthia entered the education field in 1988, serving as a teacher in the elementary grades (1988-2001), and then as a science specialist for Texas ESC Region 15 (2001-2013) and Region 13 (2013-2017). She also served as a writer, editor and contributor for Mailbox Magazine (The Education Center).
She is a sought after presenter at conferences including CAST and TEKSCON, as well as ESC Region Service Centers 9 and 13, and school districts. Cynthia also worked as a freelance writer and product creator for NSTA, TEKS Resource System, Scientific
Minds, and ESC Region 13.
In her spare time, she helps take care of her three granddaughters who share her love of exploring, discovering, at marveling at the natural world.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, M. Ed.
Martha Ponge has a wealth of experience as a STEM educator and supports the development of CreositySpace's various teacher professional development workshops.
Martha has spent years inspiring students to become lifelong learners. Through her work as a technology teacher in the Central New York region, she has had many opportunities to see firsthand where student struggle with STEM concepts and the types of programs that keep all students engaged. Martha’s years as both an educator and a trainer of educators are a great compliment to the STEM industry experience of the CreositySpace team.
Martha has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in NY and a M.Ed. from SUNY Oswego.
GENERAL COUNSEL, J.D.
Bill is a practicing attorney and Co-Founder at Standard Hydrogen Corporation. Bill has been a CreositySpace advisor since inception and provides overall strategic advice and legal support.
As a lawyer, Bill works closely with entrepreneurs and innovators to develop new technologies and manage the growth of new companies, combining his understanding of law, business, and technology. He also works with universities to develop ideas that start with their faculty and students, and has led programs at graduate institutions. Bill has extensive experience in patent portfolio management as well as being a named inventor on multiple U.S. patents.
Bill earned his J.D from Albany Law School, and his M.B.A. from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute. When he isn’t working, Bill is an avid golfer and skier.
Schuyler Tilly is a Sr. Relationship Manager with KeyBank and provides CreositySpace strategic input in the areas of finance, business development and partnerships.
Schuyler started his career in Commercial Banking at Fleet Bank in 1994. Since then, He has worked for regional, super-regional and money center banks, focusing on companies with revenues in the $5 million to $500 million range. Schuyler enjoys leveraging bank resources to help small to mid-size businesses with cash flow optimization, risk assessment, projection analysis, capital raising and debt structuring.
Schuyler graduated with a B.S. in economics from SUNY Oneonta and a M.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.
Tricia Paradis is an elementary teacher with 20+years in education.
She, and her students, provide the CreositySpace curriculum team with ongoing feedback on what works well and on opportunities for improvement.
For the past six years Tricia taught third grade at Slingerlands Elementary School in the Bethlehem Central School District, but has recently joined the district's Virtual Learning Academy to support the distance learning needs of the student population.
Her passion for science is deeply rooted and, with her team of young scholars & entrepreneurs, she creates a trusting, student-directed, inquiry-based learning environment with STEM seamlessly integrated across the content. Over the last five years Tricia has taught many CreositySpace units in both classroom and out-of-school settings.
Tricia holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education (K-6) from Southampton College of LIU, a Masters of Science in special education from Adelphi University, and holds certification as both School Administrator/ Supervisor and School District Administrator from The College of Saint Rose. She enjoys running, kayaking, photography and traveling to spend time with her 2 children, her daughter and family in Atlanta, Georgia and her son in Galway, Ireland.
Thanks to all those who helped with the startup of CreositySpace (originally SmartKids NY). Special thanks and acknowledgement to the following for their generosity in providing pro-bono consultation in angel funding, legal, graphic design, and strategic marketing to Smartkids NY presenters: Fonder + Design, Buzz Media, Eastern New York Angels, and Phyllips Lytle.