I celebrate the principle of Ujima - collective work and responsibility. Centering this idea, my life vision is the pursuit of purpose-driven passion. My mission is to create joyful opportunities that strengthen the sustainability of communities through the transformative power of academic and social engagement and enterprise.

After graduating with my BA in psychology in 2002 from Stanford University, I married my college sweetheart - Olatunde Sobomehin - and we started our fantastic family of six. I took a long-term sabbatical from industry work to co-homeschool our four children - Tayo, Temi, Tati, & Taiye - through their preschool and early elementary years. During that time, I co-founded two social ventures - Esface, Inc. and Team Esface Basketball Academy - and worked with local organizations like Kapor Center, The Primary School, The Nueva School, Live In Peace, Inc, RAFA, SMASH, and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. In 2017 I co-founded StreetCode Academy, a nonprofit with a vision of "Innovation for Everyone." As the Chief Education Officer at StreetCode Academy, I co-design educational experiences that help students develop creative confidence and technical skills in coding, entrepreneurship, and design.

In 2018 I was elected to serve as a trustee for the Ravenswood City School District, where I currently am the presiding Vice President of the Board. I also returned to school to pursue graduate studies earning an MEd in Educational Leadership and Education Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington. I felt the call to return to school again during the pandemic. I applied and was accepted to the Stanford Graduate School of Education PhD program, where I am currently cross-specializing in Learning Sciences and Technology Design and Curriculum & Teacher Education. As a learning scientist, I examine the intersection of learning, innovation, technology education, and joy to create scholarship, tools, and services that promote critical care, connection, and creation in learning experiences. I hope to progress conversations within the learning sciences concerning joyful learning as a generative approach to more holistic, restorative, enlivened learning environments. I believe in pedagogies of love as a solution for peace within ourselves and with one another, and I view the education sector as a powerful resource to call attention to experiences of inequity and opportunities for positive societal change.

Research Interests

  • Assessment, Testing and Measurement
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Elementary Education
  • Equity in Education
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Motivation
  • Psychology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • School Reform
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Technology and Education