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Jess Buller, CEO
Jess is a seasoned educator of over 20 years. He has donned the lens of classroom teacher, building principal, and – more recently—homeschool parent. He has four wonderful children who keep him busy while he works his day job of CEO here at Colorado AeroLab. Jess has always focused on bringing the MORE to students and their education. More excitement…more opportunity…more joy…more experience.
Throughout his tenure in public education, Jess served on a number of panels and committees, to include a prominent role as a fellow for America Achieves. It was during this time that Jess and colleague, Elaine Menardi, collaborated on and worked with Colorado legislators to pass HB17-1201, known as the “STEM Bill”, giving students the opportunity to earn a STEM endorsement on their high school diploma. Additionally, Jess has worked with organizations across the state to increase awareness around the need for expanded learning opportunities for all students. He is a licensed teacher, principal and administrator in Colorado.
Jess and his wife, Andrea, along with their four children currently live in Kremmling, Colorado. In his spare time, you might find him stealing his kids’ VR console.
Jess is always up for a virtual coffee chat…reach out to him at [email protected]
Elaine Menardi, Chief Innovator
Elaine is a Learning Design Expert and STEM Education Specialist. She believes in the power of a growth-mindset and knows that the best learning happens when teachers and students see themselves as partners who explore questions and discover new ideas together. Curiosity and perseverance fuel her drive toward all things STEM where she frequently showcases the work of students via online media and video.
After graduating from Colorado School of Mines, Elaine began her career as an electrical engineer. Working in Research and Development for Coors Brewing Company, she is listed among the team of patented inventors for a proprietary machine vision can identification system. She holds a Master of Arts in Community Leadership from Regis University and has served in youth ministry for more than 25 years in local, regional and national church organizations.
Elaine is deeply invested in teaching design thinking and creates learning opportunities to empower and strengthen creative confidence and imagination to ensure a successful future for 21st century educators and student leaders. Elaine holds a professional teaching license from the State of Colorado with an endorsement in 7-12 Math, Gifted and Talented Education and CTE STEM authorization. She has served as a Colorado Educator Voice Policy Fellow and is co-author with Jess of HB 17-1201: STEM High School Diploma Endorsement.
Elaine and husband, Dean, have two Millennial daughters who constantly challenge them to keep up.
Questions ping around her brain like pinballs. Email her if you have some answers…[email protected]