John L. Samuels Jr is an Ed.M. candidate in Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before Harvard, John received his M.A. in Philosophy and Education from Teacher’s College of Columbia University. John has spent his career as an educator integrating his creativity, performing/fine arts experiences, critical thinking disposition, and problem solving skills with child development research, education standards, and learning theory, to design and facilitate motivating learning experiences for young learners in and out of the classroom. His work has included: working with teams of educators to start new education programs and initiatives, reworking existing learning spaces to better meet the needs of learners with varying learning styles and from diverse ethno-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, leading elementary and middle school arts departments, building early childhood education arts programs, and managing after-school, summer school, and community learning spaces. John is passionate about bringing learning to life for all learners and he prides himself in finding inspiration and opportunities to learn everywhere. Originally from Kansas City, with a BA in Psychology of Child Development, John is interested in continuing to grow as a leader in learning design, particularly as it pertains to informal learning, innovation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.