Tedd Wakeman

Tedd Wakeman, Co-Founder and Director, The Sycamore School (CA), has been working with children in education, recreation, and research for two decades. He worked locally with LAUSD, teaching inner-city youth at the elementary level for 13 years, while concurrently traveling the country teaching and developing STEM curriculum for Nike/Eco Educators. Tedd has also taught extensively across the globe. He worked in the Republic of the Maldives, teaching English to groups of adults from over 25 different nations while diving the local coral reefs as a divemaster. In Bali, he lived and worked with Indonesian rice farmers, implementing permaculture practices while utilizing a distance education program created through Queensland, Australia to educate local teenagers. Tedd went on to spend two years in Costa Rica where he taught 4th-5th grade, while exploring local rainforest ecosystems. After these varied approaches and experiences in the field of education, he returned to Los Angeles and joined the GameDesk team in founding the revolutionary PlayMaker School. PlayMaker gained notoriety for its unique approach to 21st Century learning and game-based curriculum. As a founder of The Sycamore School, he hopes to preserve the spirit of creativity and curiosity in elementary-aged students as they grow and transition to middle school.