Our Colossal Academy Team
Lead Educational Curator
Shiren Rattigan is the owner and lead Educational Curator at Colossal Academy and is a UC Berkeley Extensions Educator who has been featured in Forbes, Sun Sentinel, LiberatED and ReimaginED. Both a VELA Education Fund and YASS Stop Award Quarterfinalist, she uses her 12 years of adolescent education experience to act as both a teacher and an advocate for the adolescent voice. She is a wife and mother of three incredible daughters.
Educator and Counselor
John Rozzelle is an educator and counselor whose passion is immersive, experiential education and knowledge acquisition outside the classroom. He has taught English, Language Arts and Cultural Programs in the U.S. and Asia. John is a staunch advocate for equality and children’s rights, in addition to having a love for cooking, music, the performing arts, and world travel.
Home Economics Educator
Ms. Alicia, founder of Project Flourish, is a private chef, urban gardener, home economics educator, and mother of 4. Alicia is certified for nature-based education, plant-based nutrition; and holds degrees in both Culinary Arts & Fashion Design.
Through Project Flourish, she offers classes, community gatherings, and a thoughtfully curated collection of provisions with an emphasis on nature, wellness, & sustainability.
Uli and Toni
Surf Skate Science
Toni and Uli are the directors of Surf Skate Science. They offer hands-on learning through action sports. Students approach physics, math, science, drafting, Marine Science, beach cleanups through surfing and skateboarding.
Global Classroom Coordinator
Courtney has had the opportunity to work in large-scale international education projects in both the public and private sectors from preschool to graduate studies.
First and foremost, she is a teacher and she has had the opportunity to work as a school principal, university administrator, and curriculum, evaluation, and materials designer. She now is so blessed to be able to contribute to education at Colossal Academy as the Global Classroom Project teacher.
Tanya Mejia is serving as an educational curator at Colossal Academy. She earned a Masters in Environmental Conservation Education at New York University and is a Florida Certified Teacher. She engages students in project-based learning to bring real world application to concepts students learn. Tanya is passionate about creating opportunities for youth to become informed scientists who can activate change in their communities. This passion led her to founding Resilient Stewards, which focuses on fostering environmental stewardship and community resilience.
Ms. Darleen is a transmedia artist and educator whose practice engages the power of digital technology as a space for resistance and exploration. Darleen is particularly interested in creating visual communication that intersects with social justice as a way to craft new nodes of knowledge exchange.
Ms. Mackenzie is our resident elder Agriculture Expert. She teaches students how to utilize the land, how to time out crops, and follow the planting schedule. Ms. Mackenzie has been a farmer since she was 6 years old in Jamaica and brings a unique and important gift of elder wisdom to our students.
Sol and Quinn
Ms. Sol and Mr. Quinn, from Miami Compost Project, facilitate their educational course of regenerative agriculture practices. They integrate healthy ecosystems within our soil and garden. They continue to serve the students and community through permaculture, soil regeneration, and seed to table practices.