Maya Crosby was born in upstate New York and raised in NY, MA and ME. As a child, she was a fan of her Tonka dump truck, her pony, and her Commodore 64. In high school she followed her love of science and did a summer internship at Jackson Laboratories. After attending the University of Rochester studying science and communications, she worked in the field of scientific publishing. It was during her return to graduate school to study shellfish disease that she first experienced the excitement of teaching, and decided to combine her interests in science and education. After teaching at Bowdoin College and a variety of summer programs, she decided to challenge herself by moving to the high school level. During her 8 years as a science teacher at Lincoln Academy she found that integrating technology into her classroom helped invigorate the learning environment and engage students. She became known as a technology evangelist amongst her colleagues. In 2010, with the help of a generous anonymous gift, Maya was able to design, implement and ultimately manage a student one-to-one program for Lincoln Academy. She built a future for technology use at LA that focused on open source software, effective professional development, and student involvement in the form of an active student tech team.
Maya sought another challenge in the spring of 2015 when she became the director of the new Applied Engineering and Technology Center, and department head of Design, Engineering and Technology. In this position, she has been responsible for synthesizing new programs and curricula that highlight the values described in this quote from the Harvard Educational Review:
“Learning is in and for the making. Learning is deeply embedded in the experience of making…in tinkering, in figuring things out, in playing with materials and tools…Things made are meant to be shown, used, sold or shared. This deepens participants’ experiences, since production based work is more authentic and learning outcomes focused on representation more robust when audience is an embedded component of the design process.”
Since then we have opened multidisciplinary opportunities to tinker, build and share for Lincoln Academy students and the local community. Maya has designed new courses such as Invent to Learn and the Community Capstone project, as well as bringing in AP Computer Science Principles and PLTW Engineering. Our innovative programs have resulted in everything from an entrepreneurial speaker series entirely imagined by a student, to a prototype for an embolism-preventing Tesla valve designed by a budding surgeon and a 3D designer/fabricator, to the building of a Native American birchbark canoe in our mechanical shop.
Maya currently lives in Maine with her husband, their two daughters, one big fluffy dog and two giant cats.