About Us

What is Imagine Foundry

Imagine Foundry is a makerspace designed with kids and families in mind.  It is a place for imagination, tinkering, exploration, engineering, creativity, and purposeful play.

Imagine Foundry provides opportunities for kids to make discoveries, design prototypes, build and construct, solve problems, make mistakes and find solutions, and think outside-the-box.

Kids can be inspired, find their passions, build self-confidence, develop perseverance, and collaborate with others.

Our Mission:

To help each child find a passion by being imaginative, creative, and innovative; developing confidence, determination, and resilience; and having agency to build a better world.

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Fundamentals

A Learner-Centered Environment

Support for each learner’s unique talents; encouragement for every learner to make discoveries; opportunities to design, build, and construct; and a safe place to make mistakes and find solutions.

Creativity and Innovation

Access to knowledge, skills, and resources to use their imaginations; purposeful opportunities to be creative and innovative; mixed age groupings to think critically and solve problems together.

Opportunity and Accessibility

Growth of learners’ passions and love for learning; hands-on learning for the 21st century; varied approaches to teaching and learning; environments supportive of any background, culture, or ability.

Resilience and Mindfulness

Development of social-emotional skills such as awareness and confidence; values of character and stewardship; openness to ideas and change; willingness to collaborate and work together.

Core Beliefs

  • Education is not one-size-fits all and children should be encouraged to explore their passions

  • Character matters and children should be given the opportunities to develop trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

  • All children are capable of accomplishing their goals and achieving greatness.

Promises to Your Child

  • Begin a path to lifelong learning.

  • Find his or her passions and talents

  • Build character, resilience, and agency

  • Develop independence, confidence, and determination

  • Value a healthy lifestyle, good stewardship, and freedoms

  • Treasure nature, the arts, and life’s many wonders

  • Learn skills and knowledge to build a better world

Commitment to Your Family

  • Flexibility via our hybrid model and scheduling options.

  • Benefits of homeschooling without the full-time commitment.

  • Voice and participation in your child’s educational journey.

  • Access to coworking spaces, extracurricular activities, and additional workshops.

  • Financial support via our volunteer opportunities and sponsorships.

  • Peace of mind knowing that you are supported in nurturing your child’s growth and development.

Our Leaders

Dr. Jessa Hershner

Executive Director, Maker Lab Lead Teacher

Mrs. Donna Bonine

Fine Arts Teacher, ELTA Founder & Member

Board Members

Dr. Teri Barnett, Board President

Mr. Jim Roman, Board Secretary & Treasurer

Mrs. Esther West, Board Director​

Ms. Emma Brown, Board Director

Dr. Donna Russell, Board Director