With over 30 years of combined educational experience under their belt, the Incubate to Innovate team have been paraprofessionals, classroom teachers, classroom specialists, curriculum developers, and school administrators. In the end, we are fellow educators who care deeply about innovation design thinking, transforming the teaching and learning environment for deeper learning, developing genuine relationships with students, and being a ChangeMaker in education and beyond.
The Incubate to Innovate team would consider themselves innovative, exploratory educational leaders who create lessons and deep authentic learning experiences that develop empathetic problem solving skills and inspire stewardship of ideas to cultivate social change and widespread impact using innovation design thinking. Our company champions the deeper learning movement that supports the development of essential skills in the context of mastering core academic content through meaningful, relevant, and applicable work. Incubate to Innovate values relationships and our distinctive ChangeMaker Process ™ extends beyond the mode of “create” to “collaborate” and “connect. These modes foster learning and growing from one another and encourage individuals to be good stewards of what they have been given by serving, sharing, and contributing with their ideas.
- Recipient of the Jeffers Foundation Grant 2015, the MISF STEM Starter Grant 2015, MISF STEM Innovation Grant 2016, and the MISF STEM Sustainability Grant 2017. - Awarded grand prize for spring Jamba Juice "Team UP for Healthy School Gardens" Grant administered by the KidsGardening.org, sponsored by Jamba Juice in 2016
- Amanda Kopischke: M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Mary’s University. B.A. in Elementary Education & Psychology from Bethel University. - Angela Anderson: M.A. in Education from Bethel University. B.A. in Elementary Education from Bethel University
The Incubate to Innovate team consists of two partners, Amanda Kopischke and Angela Anderson. - Amanda Kopischke, Founder and CEO: Amanda Kopischke is the Founder and CEO of Incubate to Innovate, LLC, a company focused on empowering others to use their ideas and skills to create perpetual and sustainable change in the world. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bethel University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Saint Mary’s University. Her education, coupled with twenty-two years of experience working in education, ministry, and organizational leadership settings, has allowed her to become a dynamic leader, teacher, developer, connector, and bridge builder. With teaching experience in public school and private school, administration experience, and serving as CEO of a consulting firm called Charis-Connection (www.charis-connection.com), Amanda enjoys blessing others with her unique blend of skills and expertise. Amanda resides in Corcoran, Minnesota, along with her husband, Troy, and their three children. When they are not at their home out in the country, they are enjoying the outdoors, playing sports, traveling, or farming a little land. - Angela Anderson, Chief Creative Officer: Angela Anderson is the Chief Creative Officer of Incubate to Innovate, LLC, a company focused on empowering others to use their ideas and skills to create perpetual and sustainable change in the world. Angela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Middle School Education from Bethel University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Bethel University, with research done on STEM implementation in the elementary classroom. Her years of experience as a teacher in the elementary classroom and as an innovation lab specialist have allowed her to become an innovative progressive educator and leader who is committed to building genuine relationships and creating rich learning experiences. Angela resides in Arden Hills, Minnesota, along with her husband, Preston, and their daughter. They enjoy exploring the outdoors, doing renovations on their “fixer upper”, and being with those they love.