About the Team
We are a team of educational researchers, developers, designers, writers and teachers, brought together by a passion for education. Each of our team leads has over 20 years experience in the education, animation and game industries.
Director Valerie Mih has worked in education and children's media in a variety of roles including Producer, Director, Series Creator, Writer, Songwriter and Animator. She was an animator on the Pixar films “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” and “Geri’s Game," as well as animating at Lucas Learning and Electronic Arts. Her directing and writing work includes a series of award-winning animated children's book apps and the educational animated series “Treetop Family” for Super Simple Songs, which has been viewed over 20 million times on Youtube. She designs and teaches in-person and online quantum physics and invention classes.
Education Professor Dr. Alexis Lauricella serves as the director of the Erikson Institute's Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center, where she studies the intersecting fields of digital media and early childhood. Her research has been frequently published in academic journals and books, and she is a regular presenter at conferences in the United States and abroad. Among her research findings has been an understanding of how children learn through using technology and the role adults play in supporting that learning.
Art Director Glenn Kim has been a professional Art Director and Animation Designer for over twenty years. He served as an artist at Pixar Animation Studios for 14 years, designing environments, characters, layouts and shaders for the films “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Cars,” “WALL-E,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Cars 2.” He has Art Directed at leading game companies Zynga and FunPlus, creating the look and feel for top-ranked interactive products.