Kim Saxe, director of Nueva’s Innovation Lab and Design Thinking program, will head the Design Thinking Institute. She is an experienced workshop leader with a passion for helping schools and teachers provide rich experiences for their students. Click here for a more detailed biography.

Workshop Leaders

Megan Terra, co-director - A first grade teacher and associate teacher program coordinator at The Nueva School, Megan is passionate about developing project-based curricula emphasizing design thinking, inquiry, art integration, and collaborative learning. She earned her MAT from Colorado College and went on to study the Reggio Emilia approach at Santa Monica College. She previously co-directed the social and emotional learning program at a Reggio-inspired elementary school and has taught grades ranging from kindergarten to sixth.

Steve Westwood - Steve is a Technology, Innovation Design and Engineering coach at The Nueva School. He teaches Nueva's 4th and 5th grade Design Engineering courses, teachers Advanced Fabrication Techniques and Stagecraft electives, runs I-Lab Recess and supports students with CAD, laser-cutting, 3D printing, woodworking, and electronics projects. Steve holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, where he was a member of the second freshman class. He has amassed a broad and systems-oriented skillset working as a theater technician, NASA researcher, machinist, robotics instructor, and science, design, and engineering teacher. He is the person to talk to about mechanical fabrication and enjoys building things ranging from wood-burning stoves to machine vision systems for automated microscopes.


Both sessions will be held at Nueva’s new Upper School campus in San Mateo, CA, and include time in the Innovation Lab. Come experience the magic!

Kim Saxe, director of the Innovation Lab at The Nueva School and lecturer at Stanford University, is a long time educator, and former engineer and R&D director. She has been teaching for over 20 years, the last 14 at Nueva. Kim is routinely visited by teams of educators from all over the world who are looking to implement Design Thinking programs in their own countries.

Kim is a pioneer in the field of Design Thinking and Design Engineering in education. She has invented and taught constructivist, project-based curricula across all subject areas in grades K-8. She is able to translate the mindsets and methodologies of Design Thinking, taught to Master's degree students at Stanford, into compelling and broadening experiences for younger students.

Kim directs the Design Thinking, Design Engineering, and Entrepreneurship programs at Nueva. She continually re-invents Nueva's inspiring and ever-changing 4,000 sq. ft. Innovation Lab, which was designed in partnership with Stanford's Institute of Design ( She also oversees the school's award-winning, competitive robotics and Tech Challenge teams. Kim has created and piloted a student engineering curriculum that is now taught to all 4th-6th grade students at Nueva.

Kim has run many workshops for teachers, administrators, and adults on Design Thinking and curriculum development, both at Nueva and at Stanford's She has also taught special courses for a venture capital firm and an interior decorating firm. Additionally, she regularly speaks at conferences, such as the NAIS Annual Conference, the Maker's Faire, and Nueva Innovative Learning Conference. She was one of four speakers invited to present at a Design Thinking Conference in Singapore. She is passionate about Design Thinking and how it can truly transform people's lives, and thus the world.

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