Create Make Learn started as a unique week-long professional learning experience for educators designed by Lucie deLaBruere in 2012. It has since grown into a connected community of educators, makers, and artists passionate about hands-on minds-on learning through creating and making. Join us for our summer institute or invite Lucie and her maker tools to your school. You’ll soon be connected to a wealth of resources, including fellow educators who will continue to inspire as you design amazing learning opportunities for your students.


Lucie deLaBruere

Lucie is an ambassador for creativity and innovation in our schools.  Her passion for learning through creating and making lead to the design of the first Create Make Learn Summer Institute in 2012.  She has built a community of creative team of educators who are equally committed to providing opportunities for more hands-on, minds-on learning for our students.

Lucie (a 30+ years veteran teacher) is committed to advancing digital equity across several domains.  Her TechSavvy Girls project has helped increase the confidence of young women and girls for over 20 years.  She is committed to bring opportunities for creating and making to rural communities.  Lucie is a Google Certified Innovator, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and WeVideo ambassador.


Craig Lyndes

Craig Craig has been been finding ways to increase student and educator access to technology since the days when he launched the first student-run BBS in Vermont.  He continues to empower educators as part of the Create Make Learn Team. Whether he is helping them build their own 3D printer or teaching them to solder,  he is always in high demand due to his patient and kind approach to helping educators grow in ways that will empower students. .

Meet the  Create Make Learn
Summer Institute Team

Caty Wolfe

Caty started her education adventure 15+ years ago as a certified art teacher without a job.  She became a special ed teacher at a technical center where she discovered she had technical aptitude and a fascination with fixing hardware and helping teachers integrate.  She took on the duties of system administrator and then became the computer applications instructor. There is an interesting parallel between creative problem solving in the art world and technical troubleshooting.  Thus began the adventure that has led her to be a PreTech Instructor at a Career and Technical Center with a focus on art and technology. She has integrated Design Thinking and Making into her curriculum and her students are always challenging her to push the boundaries.  Her newest adventure has been to start an online store with Maker supplies and project ideas for teachers and kids! Check it out at! @ImagineToolbox.

Shannon Walters

Shannon Walters is passionate about using technology and the arts to create, collaborate, communicate and connect in new ways. She brings with her years of experience integrating technology as a Teacher Librarian and Technology Integration specialist at The Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington.  Shannon is Co-Director for Governor’s Institutes of Vermont’s IT & Digital Media Institute @ Champlain College, a 10 day residential institute focused on game design, microcontrollers, cybersecurity, digital media creation and web design for high school students. Recipient of the Vermont Outstanding Teacher Award, she is Technology Concerns Chair for the Vermont School Library Association.  Shannon has also served as a “Maker Space” lead learner for Tarrant Code Camp and Dynamic Landscapes state technology conference, as well as faculty at the University of Vermont.  

Darcy with robots

Darcie Rankin

Darcie started her professional career as an electrical engineer, but found her true passion was for working with students when she had a chance to go into schools to speak about science and engineering.  She received her elementary teaching endorsement and Masters degree in Curriculum from St. Michael’s College.  She has been learning alongside elementary students for the last nine years and loves working with younger learners to engage them with hands on activities.  She strives to infuse her educational practice with student voice and choice as she encourages students to take risks, be creative, collaborate, play and have fun! Darcie is also a elementary level facilitator for Vermont and enjoys connecting coding and robotics with the elementary learning experience.

Stay tuned …

Each summer the Create Make Learn Summer Institute brings together an amazing team of talented creative educators, makers, and artists to mentor us, inspire us, and help us grow our skills in creating, making, facilitating, and designing powerful learning opportunities through creating and making.  Stay tuned for announcement of this year’s creative team.

CML Team