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Sonja Mckay

Teacher and Founder - The Exploris School and EDEx

Sonja McKay, M.Ed., NBCT Teacher at The Exploris School and founder of EDEx. Sonja is an award-winning teacher passionate about connecting students with our local and global community through project-based learning and design experiences. Sonja’s interest in design was sparked in 2008 when as a Kenan Fellow she partnered with a local business to engage students in sustainable packaging design. After seeing the power of involving students in creative design, Sonja worked to incorporate more design thinking in the classroom. In 2013, Sonja earned a five-year Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to create professional development opportunities to help K-12 educators apply design thinking in their practice. Sonja’s fourth and fifth grade students and teaching team recently won the 2016 Design for Change (DFC) Challenge and represented the United States at the DFC Global “Be the Change” Conference in Beijing, China.

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Sept 7-8, 2017 | Raleigh, NC

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