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re-imagined learning for an evolving world

Our Vision

Embark Education is an independent micro-school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Middle school is a crucial time in education when schools need to look, feel and behave differently.

Learning at Embark is embedded into two North Denver businesses, Pinwheel Coffee and Framework Cycles, which grounds students’ academics in real-world situations. Our students benefit from a truly integrated curriculum in which math, english, science, and history are artfully woven together so that no content or skill is learned in isolation. We are a learner centered school in which students are able to capitalize on their strengths, while also receiving the guidance needed to meet their academic, social and emotional needs. By embedding our learning in real-world concerns, Embark students are never left asking; “Why am I learning this?”

The academics will be rigorous, but relevant to the work in these real world operations. For example, researching world history, geography and climate is a part of ordering and understanding where the beans for the coffee shop are sourced. Physics experiments are interlaced with repairing bike gears, etc.

The environment is centered to support social development, the interpersonal growth and the questions adolescent students have around “who am I?” and “where do I fit into this world?” The days at Embark Education are rarely alike and don’t follow a traditional schedule based on arbitrary blocks of time. Instead our students' schedules sync with the ebb and flow of the student’s projects and research and are guided by our education team who are leveraging the constant and natural learning opportunities within our environments to integrate education in a relevant and meaningful way.

While much of the academic experiences are integrated into the operations of the coffee and bike shops, the learning at Embark Education transcends the walls of our buildings. When learning opportunities, curriculum and environment intersect in a meaningful way students will be set up to succeed in high school and beyond.

We know this is a big task, but is also why a new approach is key.

how can we human better?

Embark exists to give young people a space focused on giving them the concrete tools and skills to answer this essential question.

We begin this at Embark by inviting the students to see themselves as a fundamental partner in their own educational experience as well as the entire environment around them at school. The shop operations, the school itself, each are impacted and the responsibility of our students.

This level of trust, faith and respect may not be common, but students rise because of it.


dedicated educators with a proven record of student impact


Education Team

We are not traditional teachers and even our use of the title “Educator” is only relevant if you go to the Latin root “Educo,” meaning to draw out from what is already inside. The micro-school is a student centered learning environment and the role of our educator team is to cultivate the environment where deep learning and exploration can occur. The education team is made up of dynamic individuals, steeped in understanding youth development, passionate about working with and alongside adolescents, and able to give students real leadership while still being committed to measurable academics.


Miguel Gonzalez

Director of School


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Learn more about Carissa→

Rusty Rohde



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Enterprise Team

Our shop leaders have a primary focus on what we call “putting bumpers on the bowling alley” of the operations. We are committed to developing student leaders, ownership and agency. That also means real world cause and affect with choices and actions of our student leaders, but within a framework that allows the businesses to continue to sustain and support the education experience.


Joe Fulkerson

Retail Shop Operations Manager

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Dot Williams

Coffee Shop Assistant Manager

Bio coming soon

Jake Covert

Bike Shop Assistant Manager

Bio coming soon

Eli Cheung

Henry Hitch

Kallie Klein

Itzel Macias

Sydney Oats

Josh Taylor

Maya Williams


Support Team

Embark Education is supported by Great Work, Inc. A Colorado based non-profit organization dedicated to asking the simple but powerful question of “how can we human better?” The GWI team is made up of educators, teacher trainers and innovators.


Brian Sense
Executive Director

Robin Miller
Education Resource Center Director

Jack Yu
Primary Teacher Trainer

Barb Minervini
Office Administrator

Erin Breen
Montessori Adolescent Director

Michael Waski
Math Institute Director

Zach Krenn
Graphic Design & Social Media Manager

Ryan Wimmer

David Kahn
Pedagogical Advisor


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