ABOUT TINKRWORKS

Our Approach

OUR APPROACH

Built on project-based learning theory

Target CCSS, NGSS, and CSTA learning objectives

Engineered to engage students in unprecedented ways

TINKRWORKS

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Our Approach

OUR APPROACH

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We are a K-8 supplemental STEAM solution for educators that provides standards-rich curriculum and hands-on projects kits designed to transform learners into innovators.

To transform learners into innovators and create opportunities for all children to envision themselves as future STEAM leaders by providing educators with quality resources to effectively deliver STEAM to their students.

TinkRworks is committed to the advancement of equitable policies and practices so all students, especially those from underserved communities, are prepared to achieve success in a rapidly changing world. Helping students imagine themselves as important community contributors within – and far beyond – classroom walls is our shared responsibility. Read More>

Our Leadership Team

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dr. Anu Mahajan | Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Anu Mahajan is the co-founder and CEO of TinkRworks, an organization focused on providing exceptional and enriching STEAM programs for our children that allow them to reinforce and augment foundational concepts taught by our wonderful and dedicated school teachers.  Academically, Dr. Mahajan has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A.  Prior to TinkRworks, Dr. Mahajan led innovation teams at Owens Corning and served in senior executive roles in a couple of different healthcare companies.  Dr. Mahajan also spent several years in the world of management consulting, including time with McKinsey & Company where he focused on serving high-tech clients and also clients who used “big data analytics” to make decisions. Outside of work, Dr. Mahajan LOVES (triple underlined) to spend time with his wife and two kids, most notably on Sunday mornings watching Formula 1 grand-prix races and cheering on Scuderia Ferrari.

Gil Levendel | Co-Founder and Chief Product & Technology Officer

Gil is the co-founder and Chief Product & Technology Officer of TinkRworks. As a child, Gil loved building. He often stacked wood blocks into tall, complex structures (which his older sister would invariably topple, probably on purpose). He also built all sorts of self-designed contraptions using Lego Technics parts, often sending instant photos of his models to Lego for their review and then hoping for their inclusion into a future Lego set. One day while he was playing with his Legos, his older sister came home from school with an assignment that required help. As their dad and she worked together, Gil observed their interaction and immediately became interested in the subject matter—computer programming.

Gil

Drew Yemm | Chief Growth Officer

Drew has extensive experience working with K-8 educators to find solutions for classrooms. He enjoys helping educators and students reach their potential by identifying creative ways to promote classroom engagement. Drew is passionate about integrating STEM projects into schools as it promotes the progression from classroom theory into hands-on application. Outside of work, he spends his time with his wife and four children and enjoys attending all their extracurricular activities.  He is also a poor, but avid golfer.

Peter Cipkowski | Head of Marketing

Peter has 25 years of experience in project management and product marketing with leading K-12 EdTech publishers. He loves working with educators to design and implement solutions that inspire students and improve learning outcomes. Peter was also twice-elected mayor of his hometown where he learned a lot about customer service, problem solving, and road maintenance. Peter has a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s from Bard College. He is currently working on an EdD at the University of Southern California. Peter began his career in education working with deaf-blind students. 

Phil Stevens | Director of Operations

Phil has a wealth of hands-on experience shaping and transforming ideas across different industries and has grown multiple start-ups into highly successful large companies, but it is his deep knowledge of and passion for education that led him to TinkRworks. Outside of work, Phil believes that nothing can top traveling and spending time with his family. He has a strong interest in all things sports and has never turned down a day on the golf course.

Paul Druzinsky | Managing Director

Paul has extensive experience as a teacher, administrator, and leader. He earned his degree in Theater and Political Philosophy from Claremont McKenna College and his master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Paul has 40 years of professional experience, most recently as Head of School at The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove. Prior to that, Paul taught drama for nine years at Francis Parker School in Chicago—where he also was a girls’ basketball coach, high school student advisor, senior class homeroom teacher, and drama department chair. He was Head of Rodeph Sholom School in New York City and Head of The Branson School in California, Associate Head of Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut, and Upper School Head at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Mississippi.

Ketki Shah | Implementation Manager​​

From childhood, Ketki’s father instilled the importance of learning and the right to education for social and economic growth. This, along with volunteering at schools and being a mom, inspired her to bring STEAM education to students at an early age. Her experience in engineering, managing, and passion for education is what led her to TinkRworks. She enjoys supporting STEAM learning and believes in TinkRworks vision to transform learners into innovators. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking with her kids, and exploring different cuisines in Chicago.

Brian Sorich | Product Development Manager​

Brian’s passion for tinkering started when he was a kid in his family’s workshop. After earning degrees in Physics and Materials Engineering, he found his way back to the shop where he collaborated with family and friends on projects and continued to build on his experience with new tools and technology. What started as tinkering evolved into a love for product development and design. His goal is to make TinkRworks projects and curriculum approachable, impactful, and accessible to all students and educators. Outside of the shop Brian enjoys golf, tennis, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Bethany Fresen | Digital Marketing Manager​

Bethany received her bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management from Indiana University and has a background in art history, museum studies, and photography. After 8 years in marketing communications for various organizations, she joined the TinkRworks team for the opportunity to support educators and young learners. As an art lover, her favorite part of STEAM is the “A” and her favorite STEAM innovator (and Ninja Turtle) is Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Outside of the office, you’ll find her biking along the lakefront or making pottery.

Briana Tyler | Product Fulfillment Lead ​

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