Carrie Leopold received her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2004 in Biology, her Master’s in Education from the University of Mary in 2010, and is finishing a PhD in Educational Research at the University of North Dakota. She worked in a research lab for two years before deciding to pursue her passion for education. Miss Carrie has taught in public education, informal settings and at the college level and worked as a STEM Outreach Coordinator before opening the Inspire Innovation Lab. She now focuses on her passion which includes creating innovative learning opportunities for teachers, students and the community with a focus on building resilience. Miss Carrie is a creative problem solver who is devoted to her family and her pets (which include an expansive number of birds and dogs). She believes in the power of asking questions, even the difficult messy ones, and encourages others to embrace the benefits of up-to-your-eyeballs-in-alligators levels of messy, chaotic learning.
Chief Cat Herder and Head of the Unicorn Division
Sara Gurath has over 25 years of teaching experience, including starting and running two schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also done a deep dive into curriculum development, including work done at Stanford in reading, writing, history, and discussion. Her passion is creating independent, passionate, critical, and lifelong learners. Miss Sara finds deep joy in singing with the kiddos and sharing her love of reading with them. When she's not busy teaching, Miss Sara is an active runner, an enthusiastic reader, a joyful music maker, and above all, she is a dedicated family woman.
Joe Cleys is a graduate from MSUM (BA in Communications) and NDSU (MS in Natural Resources Management)! He has experience in running book clubs through the public library back home and creating a fun, cohesive community while he was an RA. He is finishing up his first year at Inspire Lab and is excited for what the future holds! Mr. Joe loves playing games with the kids and being a mentor for them. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, reading, and playing Dungeons and Dragons along with his many other board games. He is most excited to get Dungeons and Dragons club off the ground and running!
Animal Expert and Chief Plant Whisperer
Keeper of the Brains
Rachel Geinert studied English Education at NDSU before she realized that she really hates the current model of education and set aside her lifelong dream of being a teacher. She met Carrie while doing improv and quickly fell in love with the mission of Inspire Lab and has been working here ever since! She has a background in teaching theatre to children, both here in Fargo at FMCT and North Dakota Governor's School and in New Jersey, through the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Miss Rachel loves reading, telling stories, laughing, theatre, and giant bear hugs.
Rachel Johnson is a licensed case manager for individuals with disabilities with degrees in social work, gender studies, and sociology. Miss Rachel is also a regular foster mom for both dogs and kids, making her one of the most impressively patient people we know. Miss Rachel has worked at the lab covering special events and birthday parties since the fall of 2018.