Our Mission

To radically increase access to innovative educational content and practices. We seek to disrupt how, when, where, and what students learn. To develop students with core foundational knowledge in the humanities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the creative confidence to become compassionate artists, engineers, and scientists who will help to advance human knowledge and engage with the most challenging problems of the future.

Our Vision

To create a global community of builders that valorizes community, kindness, creativity, and curiosity; we seek to cultivate and celebrate the builder, the maker, and the risk-taker.

How did Dexter start?

In 2017, Dexter started running free 3D Printing and computer programming workshops at the local university in Wichita Falls, TX. Dozens of students joined the program and there was a clear demand for new ways of learning in the community. These workshops grew to a formal after-school program and the acquisition of a small campus in 2018 to serve as a proof of concept for a new kind of learning environment. In August of 2019, Dexter launched its full-time school with an initial cohort of 26 students. Fast forward to 2020 and Dexter now has over 100 full-time students and an innovative 30,000 square ft. campus.

Why the name Dexter?

Our name is short for Dexterity meaning mental skill and quickness. Our commitment to our students is to help them develop the mental dexterity they'll need to thrive in the modern world.

Upgrading the Operating System of Society

Who is the team behind Dexter?

Michael Olaya

Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder

Mechanical Engineering, BSME, Physics BS, Midwestern State University

Sean Egloff

Chief Operations Officer, Cofounder

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Midwestern State University, B.S. in Criminal Justice, Liberty University

Bryant Vergara

Chief Technology Officer, Cofounder

B.S. Computer Science, University of Michigan

Lora Saarnio

Chief Learning Officer

B.A. in English and Political Science, UC Berkeley

Anna Winn

Director of Operations

Law, Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand

Taylor Majewski

Director of Education

B.S. in Biology, Rhodes College, Graduate Certificate in Place-Based Education and Environmental Field Science, University of Wyoming

Lacey Giles

Director of Curriculum

M.A. with distinction, King's College London, The Classical World and its Reception, 2020

Erica Holloway

Human Resources

Undergrad - BFA studio art at University of TX, Austin, Post Baccalaureate - painting & drawing School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Evan Peterson

Lead Digital Producer

B.F.A in Graphic Design, Midwestern State University

Cavaughn Browne

Software Engineer

B.S. Computer Science, Midwestern State University

Ólafur Pálsson

Software Engineer

B.S. in Computer Science, University of Iceland

Hope Chen

Community Manager

User Experience, B.S. in Information, University of Michigan

Becca Havins

Business Operations Manager

Business, Texas Women's University

Maria Alejandra Leon

Learning Coach

Chemical Engineering, Industrial University of Santander

Marquis Armwood

Learning Coach

Bachelor's in Math, University of Georgia, Master's in Math, North Dakota State University.

Sofia Bongiovanna

Learning Coach

B.A. in Classics, Birkbeck University of London, Masters and PhD (pursuing) in Classics, University College London (UCL)

Ryan Dawson

Learning Coach

Psychology, UCLA, Masters in Organizational Development, University of San Francisco

Brittany Douglas

Learning Coach

B.A. and Master's of Educational Leadership, Midwestern State University

Natalie Frediani

Learning Coach

Biological Sciences, University of the Pacific, Masters of Ed in GT Education, Southern Methodist University

Jonathan Hoffman

Learning Coach

B.S. and Masters in Applied Math, UCO

Nikolas Strubbe

Learning Coach

B.A. Community Studies, UC Santa Cruz, Physical Theater Conservatory Certificate, Flying Actor Studio

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