Who’s in charge here?!

We are! Collectively and as a whole.   If you want an answer to one of your questions, one of these people is a good place to start.

Will Macfarlane   Will founded Parts and Crafts in 2009 after dropping out of college and working in alternative education, ice cream, architecture, and software design. Since then he’s had the pleasure of watching an idea grow into a community and the joy of seeing an incredible number of amazing kids grow up with it. In his spare time he enjoys doing pretty much the same things he does at Parts and Crafts — writing software, teaching friends, building things, playing and designing games.

Katie Gradowski Katie was a critical theory nerd before she decided to make the leap from books to people. After a long flirtation with public radio she spent a year working for Occupy Boston outreach, and then stumbled happily into the world of alternative education, where she’s been tinkering with electronics and hanging out with 8-year-olds ever since. In her spare time, she runs math tutorials, builds picnic tables, makes cookies, and writes a lot of camp email to people on this list.

Bryce Taylor Bryce joined Parts and Crafts in 2012. Prior to working with P&C he studied physics, bug-tested software for mobile phone companies, made movies, and taught himself how to program computers. He can frequently be found playing Dominion and explaining force equations to very small children.

Kelly Taylor Librarian by day, rock photographer by night, bookbinder, radical educator & goggle enthusiast, Kelly joins P&C from the wilds of southwest NH. She’s been involved in alternative forms of education in one way or another for most of her life, but formally so since 2002, since which time she’s worked w/ middle school boys w/ behavior problems, freeschooling, unschooling & generally making a ruckus about education for kids who would are unsatisfied by the mainstream school system. Her favorite hobbies include reading YA novels about kids with super-powers, making tiny books, photographing musicians & rusty metal bits, and using her powers for awesome.

Zach Hirschtritt Prior to working at Parts and Crafts he was an outdoor educator for the AMC and a bike mechanic in New Haven. Zach is a builder and spends much of his free time fixing and riding bikes, building fun moving sculptures, sewing messenger bags, and running metalworking classes for kids. He’s also in charge of registration and billing, so if you have a question about money he’s the one to ask.

Dina Gjertsen  Before joining Parts and Crafts Dina built props & scenery and designed lights as a professional theater technician, supervised the maintenance of hands-on exhibits at a science museum and designed Flash games.  She supervises the afterschool program and coordinates most of the weekend and outreach events.  She also runs the Somerville Tool Library.  She loves making anything miniature (especially miniature food!), fixing things and hanging out with her 8 year old son.