CMW Team member vertical photos 2013John Schaefer

Founder and Director since 1983 of the nonprofit Children’s Media Workshop, he created the largest teacher training in US history, developing an international network of over 800,000 educators participating in hands-on workshops using visuals to teach literacy. As an educator, artist, and community builder he has presented in diverse venues including: the Museum of Modern Art in New York; keynote speaker for the National PTA; workshop leader for a nationwide 30,000 teacher multimedia event hosted by President George Bush; numerous times at Sundance Film Festival, and in classrooms throughout the world. As an author and educational innovator his work revolves around using his first hand experiences in real classrooms to inform macro models for systemic change and individual empowerment.


Brisa Ayub

Specializing in synthesizing the latest practices in educational and behavioral psychology she works with groups and individuals to create sustainable behavioral change. Her work with at-risk populations has become a springboard for developing systemic learning solutions to empower individuals to be authentic problem solvers before they become categorized as part of the problem.



Tim Gangwer

A renowned trainer of teachers, author, and founder of the Visual Teaching Alliance, Tim has dedicated his life to empowering teachers and students using the practical and radical approach of maximizing the constantly developing body of knowledge of how humans learn. He has consulted with school districts throughout the country on the use of new media in the classroom and as an artist he has created a series of CDs that serve as auditory learning environments. His latest book Visual Impact, Visual Teaching is a practical guide for using the best brain compatible learning strategies.



Mitchell Wade

As a community builder and strategic thinker with an emphasis on creating Self Developing Villages he has served as a Rand Corporation Consultant, CEO of the nonprofit Choice Humanitarian, and advisor for corporations and social entrepreneurs internationally. In 2006 his alma mater Harvard University published his groundbreaking book on video gaming and underlying corporate skill sets, The Kids Are Alright (“Fascinating” – Wall Street Journal).



Chloe Schaefer

With a Master in Urban Design from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning she is currently using a multitude of technical skills with a humanistic emphasis as a community design planner for The Cape Cod Commission.



Chad Johnson

A collaborator on educational innovation with John and Tim since the late 1990s, Chad’s career as an Art Director, Photographer, Sculptor, Graphic Designer, and Website Designer has brought him full circle back to CMW as a communications and solutions designer. Recent work includes our website and the website for NPR’s Utah affiliate, KUER 90.1 FM.

Dr. Deborah Sigmund

PhD from MIT she is the director of Breathe Utah – designing and implementing clean air educational initiatives in schools throughout Utah. Collaborating with the CMW she produced a video on the environmental impacts of driving that is mandated for all Utah Drivers Education courses.