Dr. Matthew T. Siniawski is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. He teaches the senior capstone design project courses and has recently begun mentoring students on the design of assistive devices for children with disabilities. One of his research interests lies in understanding how these Learning Through Service projects impact participating engineering students and community partners. He is also interested in researching classroom-based pedagogies of engagement and developing a standards-based grading system for engineering project courses.
Shawna Draxton is the founding principal of WISH Charter, a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school that demonstrates best practices in the areas of collaboration and co-teaching, inclusive education, parent partnerships, differentiated instruction, and positive behavior support. Prior to serving the WISH community, Shawna taught at CHIME charter elementary and worked in a variety of capacities for the LAUSD.
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