Jerry Falek, master teacher and performing artist, has worked with children, teachers, and audiences of all ages for more than 40 years. His teaching programs blend a background in special education with wide-ranging experience as a storyteller, puppeteer, dancer, and clown. He is known for bringing uniquely crafted performances and residences to such places as Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and Soledad Prison, and to schools, libraries, and museums in Central California, Alaska, Cambodia, the Caribbean, and Germany. He is also an award-winning bread baker and basket maker. Mr. Falek has collaborated with NUMU since 2006.
Shay Barnett is the MakerSpace Coordinator at New Museum Los Gatos. She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelors in English Language Literature. She completed a foundation diploma course in Illustration at the University of the Arts London, Camberwell. Since 2015, Shay has created/co-created different programs to teach art and history at a variety of organizations in the Bay Area, from Abilities United Art Program in Palo Alto to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Shay has experience working with a wide range of ages and developmental needs, from preschoolers to adults with developmental disabilities as well as workshops for adults.
For Megumi, storytelling is a universe where we express ourselves creatively, explore and learn "difficult" topics with ease and often humor, and listen and connect deeply with one another. She grew up in Japan and the United States with a Japanese mom, a white dad from Los Angeles, three brothers and a sister. It was a rich and turbulent life sometimes with intercultural communication, perspective, and celebration of diversity, and oftentimes not. Megumi loves NUMU, where visual art and culture intersect with an appreciation for storytelling and children's social-emotional learning. When not at NUMU, she facilitates personal storytelling classes for incarcerated men and leads parenting classes locally.