Meet The Founders

Stephanie Grimes and Mo Golden became friends during their sophomore year at Mercersburg Academy, a college preparatory boarding school in Pennsylvania. They both spent their senior year in Europe – Stephanie in Viterbo, Italy and Mo in Zaragoza, Spain – through School Year Abroad (SYA). SYA set them both on paths of place-based immersive learning and a committment to being skilled global citizens. After both studying abroad in college, their friendship began to develop into a strong professional bond. The synergy between their different skills and interests in the fields of art, education, and culture guided them toward offering rigorous, innovative, and culturally competent programming to the independent secondary education community. Mo and Stephanie are thrilled to be able to pay forward the gifts they received as students, to the next generation of young people.

 

Mo Golden, M.A.

Mo is an artist and educator with expertise in immersive curriculum design, intercultural training, and using the arts and mindfulness for self-awareness and understanding difference. Mo holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, where she was a Jim Joseph Foundation Fellow. Her studies focused on: Experiential/Immersive Education, Intercultural Training, Jewish Cultural Arts, and Organizational Leadership. She holds a 620-hour certification in Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy from PCETI in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a concentration in using the arts in cross-cultural and coaching contexts. She has lived/worked in 5 countries outside of the U.S. and is fluent in Spanish.

Before co-founding SABI Learning, Mo’s career was primarily entrepreneurial and in service of educational innovation in secondary and undergraduate learning communities. Mo has partnered with and created custom programming for organizations ranging from an award-winning game publishing company (Heart of the Deernicorn), to a national NGO supporting refugees (HIAS). She designed the inaugural intercultural pre-departure training and in-country advising program for School Year Abroad (SYA), served as a Global Service Learning Trip Leader at The Lakeside School in Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Peru. She has taught undergraduate students at La Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina and The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wa.

 

 

Stephanie Grimes, M.A.

Stephanie is an art historian and pioneer in the field of digital humanities. Driven towards making academic content more useful to researchers and engaging to broader audiences, she specializes in the digital interpretation of cultural objects and the intersection of digital scholarship and public engagement. Stephanie holds an M.A. from George Mason University in Art History, where she learned to use digital media to present historical content. Her work has taken her all over the world, from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, Italy, Macedonia, and Greece.

As a professional working in an emerging field, Stephanie has significant experience developing new departments and programs for cultural institutions to keep them current. She has implemented innovative methodologies at museums, universities, and the federal government. Her notable professional accomplishments include spearheading efforts to incorporate the digital humanities into library services, course curriculum, and university culture at Ball State University, managing the digitization process of the United States Congress collection of Art and Archives, and collaborating with curators, authors, and developers to help produce the J. Paul Getty Museum’s first digital publications.