Jonathan Garfunkel, MAEd, Founder & Managing Director
Jon has been working across the landscape of K-12 education since 1989. Half of that time has been spent teaching in secondary and higher education, and the other half designing and facilitating innovative educational programs, developing curriculum, and consulting with K-12 schools and learning organizations. He enjoys exploring the boundaries of local and global education and building bridges between classrooms and communities. Jon is a recipient of the Human Rights Day Award from the Seattle Chapter of the United Nations Association, and has been honored with the Wall of Fame Award from the Kitsap County Human Rights Commission. Since 2003, Jon has also been adjunct faculty at the Center for Programs in Education, Antioch University Seattle.
Valerie Randall, K-12 Edible Education Program Manager & Lead Instructor
Valerie has lived on each of the five major continents, providing her with an appreciation for cultural diversity and global interconnectedness. She has practiced event planning, technical writing and strategic communications, taught English as a second language, and mentored refugees during resettlement to the U.S. Valerie worked with Big City Mountaineers as a mentor for disadvantaged urban youth, on backpacking excursions into the Colorado back country. In 2009, her interest in organic food production and herbal medicine brought her to Persephone Farm in North Kitsap. Since then she has also worked for Heron Botanicals and studied nursery greenhouse propagation with horticulturist Dan Hinkley. Along with her work for EduCulture, she is currently managing the greenhouses at North Kitsap High School for their culinary arts program.
Barbara Bolles, Edible Education Instructor & Curriculum Specialist
Barbara served as a classroom teacher in the Odyssey Multiage Program for the Bainbridge Island School District, where she helped to start the Odyssey School Garden program. After leaving full time teaching, Barbara has dedicated her time to research and practice as a school garden specialist. She is also one of first graduates of EduCulture’s Leadership in Edible Education Certificate Program.
Peggy Koivu, Edible Education Instructor & Curriculum Specialist
Peggy recently retired after more than three decades as an early elementary educator, including a long tenure as classroom teacher in the Odyssey Multiage Program for the Bainbridge Island School District, where she helped to start the Odyssey School Garden program.
Signe Quitslund, Edible Education Instructor & Artist in Residence
Signe served as an intern at Educulture in Fall 2016, and his currently completing her senior year at Seattle University, where she focused on the study of food systems. She also has experience working in some of Seattle’s well known restaurants. A graduate of the Bainbridge Island School District, it is a great to have Signe working with students in schools she knows so well.
Katy Curtis, Co-Director, Only What We Can Carry Project
Katy enjoys creating ways for people to learn from understanding each others’ world views. Throughout her career, Katy’s focus has been building respectful working relationships. Katy is curious about the stories people have about the cultures they belong to, about their experiences of inclusion and exclusion. Since 2007, she has served as Education Outreach Coordinator at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. For many years she has been a facilitator for professional development programs, working in learning organizations, and consulting in non-profits and small businesses. Katy studied mediation and earned her certification in 1999. Soon thereafter, she founded Mediate2Peace and began helping people resolve conflict as a mediator and consultant.
We want to thank the wonderful people who have brought their energy and talents to helping EduCulture, and our parent non-profit Global Source Education, to grow and thrive over the years.
Signe Quitslund (2016)
Madi Taylor (2014)
Kari Pierce (2010)
Jill Warning (2010)
Sarah Ullman (2009)
Heidi Urish (2009)
Toby Jacobrown (2009)
Zia Ward (2008)
Robin Briggs (2007)